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Sunday, 20 January


Latest News - Victoria Police News: Police pleased with crowd behaviour on New Year's Eve "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Thousands of police across the state have worked around the clock to help Victorians see in the New Year safely.

Latest News - Victoria Police News: An expensive New Year's Eve for Mill Park man "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A Mill Park man had his vehicle impounded after he was allegedly caught drink driving in Mill Park last night.

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Saturday, 05 January


The Creators Market "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Saturday 5th Jan, 10.00am 3.00pm, The McIntosh Centre

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Thursday, 03 January


AFL extends Sir Doug Nicholls Round until 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE AFL has officially committed to naming its indigenous showpiece the Sir Doug Nicholls Round for the next two years. The League has honoured Nicholls during the indigenous round since 2016 and is expected to continue to do so for time immemorial, but it has now formalised an agreement with The Nicholls Foundation to pay ... Read more...


Seymour Line Notification: Service update - Albury line "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Due to the expected extreme heat tomorrow, the following Albury services will be replaced by a coach service for the entire journey; 12:05 Southern Cross - Albury, 12:45 Albury - Southern Cross, 17:45 Albury - Southern Cross and 18:02 Southern Cross - Albury. [16:25 03/01]


Music excites at Sounds of Summer "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

INVERLOCH was the place to be on Saturday with music festival Sounds of Summer attracting thousands to the area.

This year, the festival was held at Thompson Reserve.

With plenty of online bookings, six live bands, a relaxed vibe and great conditions, the event was once again successful.

The event was backed by food and wine stalls and was well supported by local volunteers.

Local band Souly Us featuring Kate Appleyard and Ben Mawdsley of Inverloch opened the event.

Fellow local bands Nick Carver and The Mean St Butchers, and Braxton Hicks also took centre stage and got the audience on their feet.

The headliners were ARIA award winning singer Clare Bowditch, Australias finest performers the Melbourne SKA Orchestra and celebrated rock band Antipodean Rock N Roll Collective (ARC).

The festival was also suitable for families with plenty of childrens activities. Giant game sets, laser tag, face painting and glitter tattoos were on offer.

Director Kate Adkins said the festival had been running for three years to add extra interest in Inverloch as a summer destination.

Inverloch didnt have a music festival. It was a great opportunity for us to put on something for the tourists, as well as the locals, she said.


Music experience: directors Mick and Kate Adkins delivered another successful Sounds of Summer music festival in Inverloch on Saturday.

Family day: from left, Ari, Jess and Luella Tuenissen of Fern Tree Gully and Emma and Hazel Sorensen of Inverloch attended Sounds of Summer together on Saturday.



Splash into summer "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WHAT better way to spend a day in the sun than at the pool?

South Gippsland shire delivers with five fantastic local outdoor pools in Korumburra, Mirboo North, Toora, Foster and Poowong.

This season, all eyes are on the Toora pool with exciting works in the pipeline.

Before the season kicked off, a change room upgrade and access works were completed.

Still to come is the new splash park and car park works, which are set for 2019-20.

The development includes an interactive childrens water play area, funded by the State Government and South Gippsland Shire Council.

Tenders are still under review for major redevelopment works at the Mirboo North pool at the close of this season.

The outdoor swimming pools will be open if the forecast maximum temperature for Leongatha or Latrobe Valley for Mirboo North on the Bureau of Meteorology website at 6pm the day before is 25 degrees or above.

The outdoor pools will remain open until 8.30pm if the forecast maximum temperature at 6pm the day before reads higher than 35 degrees.

So far, the season has started off on a high note.

With a sunny day, the Mirboo North pool hosted a successful Mirboo North Idol with more than 550 people through the gate.

The opening party at the Poowong pool was also well supported by the community.

The season is just heating up and there are plenty more excited activities still to come.

Poowongs highlights include Santas Pool Party, the Fluoro Music Party and a masquerade to end the season.

In Foster, there will be two inflatable days, an Australia Day Party and a Hawaiian Luau.

A Hawaiian Luau will also be held in Korumburra, as well as the Family Night Dippers and a family fun day.

Mirboo North will host a movie night at the start of February, an Australia Day pool party, and inflatable Sundays.

Mirboo North, Korumburra, Foster and Poowong pools are open from 3pm to 7pm on weekdays during the school term, and 12pm to 7pm on weekends and school holidays.

Toora pool is open from 7am to 6pm on weekends, 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and 1pm to 5pm on Sundays.

All opening hours are subject to the weather forecast.

Check the website for more information and activity dates.



Life savers train to protect lives "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club participated in annual requalification training last week, conducted by Surf Life Saving Victoria.

The club has about 600 members with about 190 nippers. All life savers participated in a run-swim-run last Thursday at the Venus Bay First Beach, followed by nipper training sessions on the Friday.

Life savers training in run-swim-run requirements for requalification need to complete each 200m section within eight minutes.

Prior to the physical testing, first aid sessions were held at the club by Life Saving Victoria.

There are about 30,000 volunteer club members within Victoria, putting in valuable hours of work for the safety of all Victorians around inland waterways and surf beaches. About 30 clubs span the Victorian surf beach coastline.

Hooray summer: Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Clubs Under 13 Nippers find a moment for frivolity during their annual requalification at Venus Bays Beach One on Friday.

Captains: Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club co-captain Jack Roper, left, with vice captain Josh Seri during annual requalification at Venus Bay First Beach on Friday.


Farmers to get cheaper sheds "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE agriculture industry is expected to save thousands of dollars a month thanks to a major change to building permits for farm shed builds.

Following a motion passed by South Gippsland Shire Council at its December 2018 council meeting, farmers will now be allowed to cut back on permit requirements by applying for a specific farm shed building exemption.

The local agriculture industry will save about $20,000 monthly according to calculations by council, which approves about 98 farm shed applications annually.

Under the new changes, a farmer building a Class 10 building on farm land can pay the reduced fee of $283.40 to assess an application for an exemption.

According to a report by council officers to the council, the current cost for building permits for farming sheds is about $2000 for private building surveyors to inspect and approve these relatively low risk structures.

The report said in addition, there were considerable delays for farmers trying to gain surveyors approval because of the overwhelmed resources in the private sector.

The proposed process, undertaken by councils building team, would reduce the timeframe to 10 business days.

Councillor and Toora farmer Ray Argento said sometimes the cost involved in the permit sometimes exceeded the cost for building a farm shed.

I recently constructed a shed and to get a shed application coupled with the cost of surveyors turned it into a costly project, he said.

Ive spoke to a few local builders who are looking forward to the streamlining of the process because they see it as growth in their business. It may also encourage other builders to construct farm sheds.

The application fee will be for an exemption from the regular permit process for construction of a building.


Simpler process: South Gippsland Shire Councillor Ray Argento found the experience of building a shed to be costly.


January 3 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

1788 - Captain Arthur Phillip was on board HMS Supply when, bored to tears from the long First Fleet voyage, Smarty-Arty played Eye, Spy with the coast of Van Diemen's Land.

1812 - Amongst the various Government and General Orders issued on this day by Gov Macquarie was..
"His Excellency, the Governor directs that tomorrow shall be considered as a holiday, and that the convicts shall be exempted from labour during the whole of the day.
His Excellency is further pleased to direct that an extra ration of one pounds and a half of fresh beef shall be served out tomorrow to each non-com officer and soldier of the 73rd Reg't and male convict in the settlement of Newcastle with the usual proportion to all the women and children...."

1813 - At Kissing Point (Putney) Woollarawarre Bennelong passed from this world to the next, he was buried in the orchard of his great friend brewer James Squire.

1825 - The absconding convicts headed south and reached as far as Reid's Mistake (Lake Macquarie) a distance of about 15 nautical miles. Lieut. Owen reached the same place on the 3rd January where he found the oars and rudder, all that remained of the gig which had been swamped. With the help of the native trackers they soon afterwards captured five of the prisoners - Tunnicliffe, Pritchard, Smith, Johnston and Collins in a hut with Private Yams. The telescope was found with them. They were brought into Newcastle on this day and lodged in the gaol.

1826 - Father Philip Conolly opened the first Catholic school in Van Diemen's Land at Hobart.

1827 - Pack the picnic basket with the Waterford Crystal Auntie Maud....The first boat regatta, organised by the officers of HMS Success and HMS Rainbow, was held on the Derwent River.

1839 - John Hutt replaced James Stirling as Governor of WA. Stirlingm, not one to mess about, left for England the next day.

1840 - Read all about it...The Port Phillip Herald began publication in Melbourne, edited by George Cavenagh.

1841 - The steamer Clonmel, on just its second voyage between Sydney and Melbourne, was wrecked near Corner Inlet.

1850 - Victoria's first stamps issued. Costing 1d., 2d. and 3d., they featured a portrait of Queen Victoria, who was most definitely not amused to have 'colonials' licking her back !

1851 - Today was the final day in a series of 'examinations' aka massacres that took place on Fraser Island between Christmas Day 1850 and January 3, 1851. In a newspaper report it was called "a jaunt" with the added description of "...natives were driven into the sea and kept there as long as daylight or life lasted."

1853 - Keep the pennies under the mattress...The Bank of Victoria opened in Melbourne.

1861 - The Wallsend Railway Branch line (NSW...

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Wednesday, 02 January


Gliding on a Lake "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Gliding on a Lake is a track from my album Mysteries of Gaia.


Dakar daredevils "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A TEAM of South Gippslanders will compete in the famous Dakar Rally offroad racing event in Peru, South America, from January 6.

The Riley Motorsports team will tackle 5000km of some of the toughest and remote country, with more than 70 percent of the race in massive dunes.

The team will feature driver Steve Riley of Nerrena and co-driver Trevor Hanks, formerly of Meeniyan. They will be joined by mechanics Ian Wilson of Jindabyne in New South Wales, Milton Hill of Poowong and Troy McAinch of Perth and formerly of Yanakie, and team manager Paul Borg, a teacher at Leongatha Secondary College.

Riley, a dairy farmer, is a former off road motorcycle racer and three times auto winner of the Australian Safari Rally.

This is his third Dakar Rally and he has previously raced in Peru, Chile and Argentina.

I love the adventure and the places we see, Riley said.

This years Dakar Rally will take place in only one country Peru for the first time.

The Dakar Rally will comprise of 10 stages and a rest day, starting and ending in the Peruvian capital city Lima, on January 6 and January 17 respectively. Riley said the Peruvian desert sand and dunes would play a decisive role in the quest for top honours.

The Riley Motorsports team transformed a VE Holden ute into a cross country rally car with a V8 engine with a four wheel drive transmission.

The team undertook extensive final testing of the ute at Bremer Bay in Western Australia, on the Great Australian Bight, in dune fields similar to what they expect in Peru.

Hanks said, It was rough and tough testing but essential to familiarise and hone our driving skills for the required sand dunes. Learning to read the sand and the dunes in the Peru deserts is paramount.

Riley is no stranger to long distance extreme cross country rallies, having competed in many national and international rallies on motorcycles in the late eighties up to 2000 with Honda Australia, before making a successful transition to cross country car racing with a Mitsubishi Pajero.

Riley has twice competed at Dakar as co-driver: in 2011 with the Cairns Coconut race team and again in 2013 with Isuzu Motorsports, finishing both times.

Riley was keen to compete in Dakar 2019 with his own team and own car. Only 30 percent of competitors typically finish a Dakar Rally.

He built the Holden ute to his own design in his workshop on his Nerrena dairy farm with the help of skilled friends.

With some great Aussie parts and design, I hope we can finish the Dakar which is our ultimate goal, he said.

Riley and Hanks will have the task of keeping the car going during the day and reach...


Seymour Line Notification "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Due to the initiation of the extreme weather timetable: *12.05 Southern Cross to Albury service has been replaced by road coaches *12.45 Albury to Southern Cross service has been replaced by road coaches *17.20 Albury to Southern Cross service has been replaced by road coaches *18.02 Southern Cross to Albury service has been replaced by road coaches [08:43 03/01]


Q: Why do birds have down? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Birds are very well insulated. They have fluffy down feathers to trap body heat in when it is cold. One has just got to think about the warmth of a real down jacket or sleeping bag. But what happens to birds when it is hot? Last Christmas Day was very hot and the birds around []


Dwelling prices down 5pc in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Affordability improves in 2018

House prices were 10 per cent and 9 per cent lower over 2018 in Sydney and Melbourne respectively. 

Unit prices were 6 per cent and 2 per cent lower in the same two cities.

Overall, dwelling prices at the national level were 5 per cent lower over the year with prices down sharply in the most expensive quartile (-8 per cent) and flat in the cheapest.

Perth's housing market had looked to be bottoming out, but has been clobbered anew by new mortgage lending rules along with the rest. 

Brisbane, Adelaide, and Canberra recorded modest price growth in 2018, and Hobart topped the charts (click on the graphic to expand):

Source: CoreLogic

Gross yields in the largest two cities are off their cyclical lows, rising from about 3 per cent to 3 per cent. 

Yields on capital city real estate are of course low when compared to a 'risk free rate' of about 2.3 per cent, though of course you can't live in a 10-year government bond. 

Housing is a unique asset class as both a consumption and investment good (for example, I'll always keep property in Sydney - the alternative if I decided to return is paying at least $50,000 per annum in rent, and probably $75,000 plus the way rents are good heading for thanks!). 



road trip : sydney to melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The week before Christmas we drove from Sydney to Melbourne via the Hume Highway. We wanted to take it slow, as always, because our journey is mostly dictated by Marigold who tends to scream at the highest pitch (and for the longest time) if shes well and truly over the drive.

So we mapped out a rough itinerary, hit the road and stopped in Goulburn on our first night. It had been a long, hot day and we spent the hottest part of it parked under a tree at a rest stop because thats the beauty of towing your home with you; you can pull over and have a nap at any time.

The next morning we were on the road by 6:45am which, we soon discovered, is the very best way to travel with kids. Our first stop was the little town of Jugiong which completely lived up to its fabulous reputation.

We pulled into the Jugiong War Memorial Park and Showground which is perfectly located on the river, next to the public pool and right across the road from The Sir George and Long Track Pantry. You can stay here for up to 7 days for a donation which makes it one of the best free camps weve come across. The amenities are really well looked after, the grounds are beautiful and theres an abundance of trees so you can while away hot summer afternoons in the shade.



March with GV Pride Shepparton @ Pride March Victoria | Sun 3 Feb 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Jump on the 22-seater bus departing Marungi Street, Shepparton Library on Sun 3 Feb @ 7.00am sharp (returns approx. 7pm). Facebook event.
$40pp for members ($25 concession), $50pp for non-members BOOK NOW!
Contact Georgie via or 0401168229 to lock in your seat MUST confirm your seat NOW! Cash payment MUST be received BEFORE boarding the bus by Fri 25 Jan.
Assemble for March @ 10am (cnr. Lakeside Dve/Fitzroy St)
March 11am
More info @
Come and join over 100 groups and individuals as we march down Fitzroy St in St Kilda. All the colour and excitement you have come to expect from Pride March Victoria with the added flavour this special celebration. See the original marchers lead us out again and celebrate our first timers.
When: Sun 3 Feb
Assembly: 10am at cnr Lakeside Dr & Fitzroy St
March: 11am
After march festivities til late in Catani Gardens at completion of the march



The Refugee Action Coalition has dismissed the government announcement that Maribynong and Blaxland at Villawood will close, as an empty gesture. The fact is that the government has increased detention capacity with new compounds being opened at Yongah Hill, and a high detention facility opening in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation, to replace Maribynong, said(...)


Seymour Line Notification: Delay "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

12:45 Albury - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 23 minutes due to speed restrictions on the ARTC network.

[15:04 02/01]


Get ready: Aussie property falls to get worse "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Welcome back.

Just like that, a new year begins.

Although I am going to begin the new year with a look back at what happened last year.

The so-called Santa rally never came to the markets in 2018.

That is, a small spurt for stocks to finish the year higher.

The broader Aussie market sold off as December came to an end.

Over in the UK, the FTSE 100 finished December where it started.

Major indices in the US, on the other hand, were savagely sold off as the year wrapped up.

And it turns out Aussie house prices took a bigger beating than most expected.

New year, same news

The last week of a year, and the first week of the new year, is my favourite time.

In Australia, theres generally very little do, other than complain about the heat. Most places are closed. Theres no rushing from place to place. You have time to finally finish that project you started a year ago, or enjoy guilt-free Netflix binges. You lose track of the days. The markets are quiet.

The time of year when you actually have the time to read the paper but theres nothing really new to read.

Take The Age this morning.

It kicked off the year talking about falling Aussie house prices. Again.

According to The Age, theres more doom and gloom ahead for the property sector in 2019. Todays headline is: Weakest property market since 2008: Sydney, Melbourne house prices tumble.

According to the article, Sydney house prices fell 10% for 2018, while Melbourne prices are down 9%. Australias two largest cities contributed to a nationwide property fall of 4.8% for the year.

The good news is that the average Joe didnt bear the brunt of the falls.

Turns out, the worst performing areas are where the rich people live.

It seems that houses in inner Sydney and Melbournes inner east are falling the most. Both areas saw double-digit falls for 2018.

Basically, multimillion-dollar houses are dropping back and becoming just million-dollar homes.

This skews the data somewhat, in the sense that the percentage figure of property price falls looks bigger. I mean, theres only a select group of people who can buy in those areas. So, already the number of purchases is reduced.

But the gloomy outlook doesnt end there.

Not only that, but The Age has wheeled out an economist or two to suggest that the falls will get even bigger in 2019.

Ah yes. New year but with th...

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Tuesday, 01 January


The joy of forgetting "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

I just read (on a plane) The Labyrinth Index the latest novel in Charlie Stross Laundry series (a mashup of HP Lovecraft and Len Deighton). The central conceit is a spell which causes Americans to forget the existence of the President whenever they go to sleep. After reading the book and nodding off, I had a dream that someone has a similar office in Australia, with a couple of deputies, one in charge of the bush and another in charge of the money. On waking though, I couldnt remember any of these.

Update: Apparently, Im not alone.


Australian Labor Party commits to recognizing Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

In Australia we have a significant lobbying force for the Palestinian position within the political sphere. The Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network (APAN) is quite active and effective at running campaigns to highlight the plight of Palestinians. For example, they have had great success with a campaign entitled No Way to Treat a Child which chronicled the conditions under which Palestinian children are convicted and incarcerated in military tribunals.

Along with elder statesman and former Foreign Minister Bob Carr, APAN has also been lobbying for recognition of the state of Palestine within the Australian Labor Party (ALP). The Labor Party is in opposition in the Australian parliament to the ruling center-right Coalition bloc, of Liberal and National party members.

Two weeks ago on December 16 to 18, the ALP held its triennial national conference in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Persistent efforts to engage with senior members of the current ALP parliamentary group appear to be having results. APAN is a very diverse group. On the executive board are a retired Anglican Bishop, Palestinians of both Muslim and Christian heritage, secularists and a professor of Jewish background. They all participated in efforts leading up to the conference as this is the arena where policy positions are debated and then adopted.

To attract further attention to the cause I undertook another long range advocacy walk to highlight the unequal treatment of Palestinians. From November 18 to December 16, the walk covered a distance of 458 miles (starting in Melbourne and finishing in Adelaide). Many MPs and Senators greeted our arrival in Adelaide. The arrival was specifically planned to coincide with opening date of the ALP conference.

Bob Carr was overseas during the conference but made an address via video.

Delegates to the conference would also have been aware of support for recognition by former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Kevin Rudd and another long serving Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans.

There is still strong support for Israel within the ALP but those members w...


Housing credit pulse "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Take a pulse

It's a happy new year, and all that, but not so much for bankers, with lending growth continuing to flounder. 

The Reserve Bank's latest figures showed credit growth slowing to 4.4 per cent, down from 5.2 per cent a year earlier, and broad money growth at fresh quarter-century lows of just 1.86 per cent. 

It was noteworthy to hear last week that the RBA has been watching the gross household debt-to-income ratio as a main point of concern, especially as this ratio has already peaked and is now falling

The distinction from housing debt-to-income was quite interesting (to me at least) as the lines between housing, small business, and personal credit are blurred at best, with small business loans often secured against a home, and so on. 

As you can see in the chart below, changes in the direction of housing credit growth have tended to lead changes in dwelling price growth. 

You can also see that no such change had occurred by the end of November 2018. 

A simple credit impulse model as favoured by ANZ economists suggests that capital city (i.e. Sydney and Melbourne) dwelling price declines should moderate, although there are several fa...


2019: Lighthearted Gaiety Perhaps "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

New Years resolutions are not for me. Never had one and likely never will. Every day is a new day. Every hour sings a new song. Every moment is entirely special and paradoxically nothing in particular....


January 1 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

1785 John Oxley , who was an early Australian explorer, was hatched in Yorkshire, England. In 1824 Oxley tripped over the Brisbane River and Bremer River on Moreton Bay, an area now known as Brisvegas...err...Brisbane.

1793 The Flogging Parson aka Samuel Marsden was appointed assistant to the chaplain of New South Wales.

1809 Lieut William Paterson frocked up & rocked up at Port Jackson where he assumed the ballgown and role of Governor.

1810 Because he had nothing better to do that day (apart from recover from a hangover), Major General Lachlan Macquarie took up office as the fifth Governor of New South Wales.

1811 Governor Lachlan Macquarie's police regulations for Sydney came into effect, and the Sydney Police Court was established.

1812 John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (in England) is appointed Surveyor-General of NSW.
Oh, and happy 27th birthday, Johnny-boy!

1814 The Fair Isle of Oz got its first form of currency when The 'holey dollar' and 'dump' trotted out into circulation.

1822 The Van Diemen's Land Agricultural Society was formed in Hobart.

1823 YES! We should have this day off as an extra public holiday just to give thanks for the fact that distillation of spirits was officially allowed in the colony of NSW.
It's already a public holiday.

1825 Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, was opened to traffic; it is still in use today. When completed the Bridge had the record of having the longest span of Australias bridges, a record not surpassed until 1836.

1827 The Sydney Gazette began daily publication. On 10th February this was reduced to three times a week.

1829 Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached the Bogan River. He tickled about the edges of the Darling River while having a good stickybeak near present day Bourke, and then fox-trotted his way as he traced the Castlereagh River.

1830 I like their timing...4 hotels in Fremantle became Western Australia's first licensed premises.

1837 For a pittance of 10 licence fee generous Gov. Bourke told squatters to go forth and graze beyond the limits of location.

1838 First horse race meeting held in Adelaide.

1838 Another bloke with too much time over the festive season....Melbourne's first newspaper, a miniature sheet of four pages handwritten in manuscript, called the Port Phillip Advertiser, was founded and issued by John Pascoe Fawkner.

1839 Assignment of convicts for service in towns ended.

1841 WA Governor John Hutt laid the....

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Monday, 31 December


Seymour Line Notification: Delay "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

06:24 Seymour - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 17 minutes.

[07:21 01/01]


Strike up the band "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

the fiddlers are in town. Fiddler Beetles (Eupoecila australasiae), pictured left, are so-called because of the violin-styled motif on the hard outer wing cases, and are also known as the Rose Chafers. They are members of the Scarab family of beetles of which there are over 2000 species in Australia. Scarabs are probably better known []


On holidays again "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

I am travelling for most of today across land and water and so have no time to write anything coherent. So it is just a music day to welcome in 2019. Happy New Year to all and lets hope a few banksters go to prison, that a few politicians join them on corruption charges, that Italy tells the European Commission to jump and leaves the Eurozone, that the Gilets in France spread throughout Europe and bring down the whole disastrous monetary union, that Britain goes out without an agreement and that the British Labour Party gets some spine, sacks its New Keynesian advisors, and demonstrates how to actually run fiscal policy, and that you get the drift.

Music to listen to and welcome the New Year amid all the chaos in the world

Jimi Hendrix played at the Monterey Pop Festival on Sunday, June 18, 1967 in the evening session. He followed the Grateful Dead.

He was introduced by Rolling Stone Brian Jones.

In their song about the festival Monterey released in December 1067, the Animals referred to Jones presence in this way:

His Majesty, Prince Jones,
smiled as he moved among the crowd
Ten thousand electric guitars
were groovin real loud, yeah

That was one of the coolest things I ever read when I was just a teenager trying to absorb all this music.

Ten thousand electric guitars were groovin real loud, yeah sounded like nirvana to me (the utopia not the band)!

Jimi Hendrix played 9 songs at Monterey and some of the footage never made it to the public for various reasons.

I saw D.A. Pennebakers movie release of the festival Monterey Pop at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne sometime in 1969.

Leo de Castro did a song before the movie started Lucille and I loved the riff. This was a great era of music and guitars.

It was a magic era really and Jimi Hendrix was at the apex.

Anyway, song 3 for Jimi Hendrix....


Seymour Line Notification: Service update - Seymour line "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

12:45 Albury - Southern Cross is delayed approximately 18 minutes. [15:25 31/12]


Sureway gives to Lifeline "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Major donation: Sureway Employment and Training Gippsland area managers Darren Beggs and Jacinta Muhovics presented a cheque for $2620 to Michelle Possingham from Lifeline Gippsland Telephone Crisis Centre on December 19.

From November 12 to December 7, Sureway held a fundraising appeal across the company and gave money to a charity in each region for every job seeker placed into employment.

The money raised equalled 131 new jobs across Gippsland.

Sureway uses Lifeline to provide work for the dole activities to help job-seekers learn new skills to help get them into the workforce.

Sureway staff also recommend clients talk to Lifeline when they are going through a difficult period in their lives.

Sureway has donated $18,080 to charity in this campaign and placed 904 clients into employment.


Long Jettys opening success "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IT has been just over eight years in the making but finally the $10.85 million restoration of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty has been realised.

Hundreds of people walked on the jetty on the weekend before Christmas, when the jetty first opened unofficially, in time for the summer holiday season

South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Don Hill was excited about the jetty opening.

The community has been awaiting this project for many, many years and it was starting to look like it might never happen as the previous Long Jetty slowly disintegrated into the sea, he said.

Thankfully the State and Federal governments agreed to fund the project in conjunction with South Gippsland Shire Council and work was begun bringing us to this point in time where the project is nearly complete.

It is exciting that the community will be able to make use of the new jetty ahead of its official opening in 2019.

The reaction from those who walked or fished from the jetty was repeated over and over again, with many people amazed by the project.

The project-funding breakdown saw South Gippsland Council contribute $1 million. The Victorian Government gave $5 million thanks to the efforts of retired National Party leader Peter Ryan and the Federal Government gave $4.85 million.

Works commenced on site in July with site establishment and the removal of the deck timbers from the inshore section

The project saw the inshore 190 metres rehabilitated on the existing piles crossheads and beams with precast concrete deck panels.

From pile row 62 to the start of the burnt section, a distance of approximately 572 metres, the existing structure was demolished and replaced.

It followed the same alignment, with a new structure comprising timber piles and crossheads with a composite steel beam and concrete deck.

The new timber piles were turpentine species driven at a rake to match the existing piles at six metre centres, compared to the three metre centre of the piles in the existing jetty. The slipway approach was partially reconstructed in a similar manner to the jetty, and the existing winch shed restored and re-erected on the rebuilt slipway approach.

The outer end of the jetty, beyond the end of the reconstructed jetty, will be demolished with the piles being cut off at two metres below low water to be retained as habitat. Navigation aids will be installed to define the underwater habitat area.

The jetty has been finished to ensure disabled access and has been fitted with a fibreglass handrail on sides, public lighting, and a water supply and fire service. Following completion of the works, there will be the opportunity to provide interpretative informa...


Lyrics win entry into country music awards "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A SOUTH Gippsland band is a finalist in a songwriting competition in the heart of country music in Australia: Tamworth in New South Wales.

Souly Us the group of Kate Appleyard and Ben Mawdsley is a finalist in two categories of the Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) Songwriting Competition every year.

The group is vying for the APRA AMCOS New Songwriter of the Year Award for their song Meant to Be and the Lyrics Writer Award for their song Walk Away.

The winners are announced at a concert for the TSA Songwriters at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Tuesday, January 22.

Meant to Be is the bands debut single and was released on September 1, 2018 and received airplay on radio stations Australia-wide.

Meant to Be was one of the first songs Ben and Kate wrote together, with Ben being the mind behind the guitar and Kate the writer of the lyrics.

Their goal was to write an upbeat, fun, loving, catchy song their fans could play on the radio with the windows rolled down, all summer long.

This tune came together very quickly and within a night we had a great song, Kate said.

Mark Drury (of Leongatha) was the helpful mind behind the recording and mastering of the track. A huge thank you to Mark for the guidance and talented support. Were very grateful.

Walk Away will be featured on the groups EP, Hello World, being released in January, which Souly Us wrote, recorded, produced and mastered.

This is another track that came together quickly. We find when we start to write most songs, the melody just pours out and the lyrics follow. Its such a wonderful story telling experience, Kate said.

Ben started playing the chords one evening, the melody came to Kate instantly and words were put to this straight away.

Its a powerful break up ballad. After being through relationship breakdowns, we drew from those experiences and created one of the best songs weve written to date, Kate said.

Hello World will be available to the public in January.



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A step in the right direction "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WHETHER youre new to the dairy industry or have seen it all and are looking to move away from the daily grind, GippsDairy has a course to help you step along the right path.

OMJ consultant John Mulvany will present three courses in the first half of 2019 Stepping Up, Stepping Back and Taking Steps which will be of benefit to people at all stages of their dairy careers

Stepping Up will be the first course rolled out this year, with evening sessions to be offered in West and South Gippsland and the Macalister Irrigation District in March.

Its the first time that Stepping Up workshops have been offered in Gippsland, with Mr Mulvany urging all young people in the dairy industry to consider registering for the event.

To me, if you are a young person with an interest in the dairy industry, this event will provide you with the basic information to decide whether you want to become an employee or cross the line into being self-employed, leasing, share-farming or farm ownership, he said.

The people who might want to do this course may already be an employee on a dairy farm, someone outside the dairy industry who wants to get some background on how you might operate in the dairy industry or you might already be working on your family dairy farm.

Part of it is about wealth creation and controlling your finances whichever side of the employment line you are on.

The three workshops on offer are:

  1. Stepping Up Understanding your options for a career in dairy;
  2. Stepping Back Getting a game plan to ease back or transition out of the industry; and
  3. Taking Steps Share Farming, Leasing and Shared Equity arrangements that can work for people at all stages of their dairy careers.

GippsDairy regional extension officer Leah Maslen said these workshops will help participants gain a clearer understanding of how to move their careers to the next stage.

Having a clear picture of where you want to go with your career is the first step and figuring out how to get there is the next, Leah said.

With John Mulvany guiding the discussion, these workshops have proven invaluable to past participants, who have walked away with a better understanding of the options available to them.

To register for the March Stepping Up workshop in your area (dates to be set) contact Leah Maslen on 5624 3900 or

Exact times and locations havent been set for Stepping Back and Taking Steps, but Leah is happy to take enquiries from anyone interested in attending.






New wheels for first aid crew "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A NEW vehicle is rushing first aid responders to emergencies in the Venus Bay district.

The Venus Bay Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has taken delivery of a Nissan X-Trail, supplied by Ambulance Victoria and the third vehicle the CERT has had since starting.

The old CERT signage was green, including on volunteer first aiders uniforms, but now both vehicle and personnel uniforms match the blue of Ambulance Victoria.

The car is also now more recognisable as an emergency vehicle and will provide CERT with more visibility on the road, especially if a callout is on the side of a road. Passing vehicles are urged to respect members and slow down.

The former vehicle was approximately six years old and was replaced due to age.

CERT members attend from 120 to 150 callouts a year, from cardiac problems and snake bites to breathing difficulties, falls and drowning.

The unit has 12 members and always welcomes more.

Nice vehicle: posing with the new vehicle are members of Venus Bay Community Emergency Response Team, Anne McIntyre (more than 10 years service), Tom Ohia (six years service), Gayle Rodgers (two years service), Theo Allan (two years service) and Michelle Ford (five years service).

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Sunday, 30 December


Russell Street bomber operating distressing Twitter account from Barwon Prison "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Craig Minogue is a prisoner in Victoria's high security Barwon Prison. He should be completely out of circulation, but somehow he's pumping out regular and confronting messages to the world via Twitter. Thirty years ago Minogue and others parked a Commodore loaded with explosives outside the Russell Street Police Headquarters....


Seymour Line Notification: Delay "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

12:05 Southern Cross - Albury is delayed approximately 16 minutes due to speed restrictions on the ARTC network.

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Saturday, 29 December


Australian jihadist stripped of citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Australias most wanted jihadist, Neil Prakash, has been stripped of his Australian citizenship.

Announcing the move, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton described Prakash as a very dangerous individual.

Intelligence officials say Melbourne-born Prakash was a recruiter for the Islamic State (IS) group and encouraged terrorist plots in Australia.

He is currently being held in Turkey where he faces trial on terror-related charges.

In July, a Turkish court ruled against extraditing him to face terrorism charges in his home country.

In Australia, he faces charges of being member of a terrorist organisation as well as supporting and promoting IS.

In a televised new conference, Mr Dutton said Prakash had been central to ISs efforts in the Middle East.

If given the opportunity Mr Prakash would harm or kill Australians and our country is a safer place for him having lost his Australian citizenship, he said.

In 2016, the Australian government described Prakash as the principal Australian reaching back from the Middle East into networks in Melbourne and Sydney.

In a court appearance in Turkey in 2017, Prakash admitted he had something to do with terrorist plots in Australia but said he was not 100% responsible.

He said he had been forced to make IS propaganda videos and that he had fled the group after seeing its true face.

Prakash, 27, left Australia for Syria in 2013, taking the name Abu Khaled al-Cambodi. He was mistakenly reported to have been killed in a US air strike in Mosul, Iraq, in 2015.

Through his father, Prakash had joint Australian and Fijian citizenship. Under Australian law, a dual national can be stripped of their citizenship if they are convicted or suspected of terror offences.

Prakash is the 12th dual citizen to be stripped of Australian citizenship.


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Friday, 28 December



6:30pm Mon Jan 21 | Forum: From Kids Off to All Off- How can we close the camps? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

When: 6:30pm Monday 21st January 2019 Where: ANMF Vic Branch, 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Facebook event here In 2018 the campaign to get #KidsOffNauru won significant support, and put huge pressure on the Liberals to bring children and families from Nauru to Australia. But there are still 3 children and hundreds of refugees on Manus and Nauru.(...)


Surfer assaulted "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A MAN suffered concussion after being assaulted by young men who broke into his car at Kilcunda on Thursday.

The man returned to his vehicle after surfing for several hours to find a man in the front seat of his car and another man standing beside him.

The victim approached the offenders and punches were thrown between them.

The victims wallet and mobile phone were stolen and transactions were made on his EFTPOS card before he cancelled it.

One offender was aged in his late teens to early twenties, was Caucasian and wore board shorts.

The other offender was of similar age, wore light coloured board shorts and a dark grey jumper, and was skinny.


Seeking help: police are searching for two men who assaulted a surfer at Kilcunda. Photo: flickr, unrelated to incident.



Dan Andrews answer to Victoria's gang violence problem - look out for each other "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The Andrews response to Victoria's violence. Meanwhile in the real world. Chelsea Beachgoers attacked in horror night People have been attacked at Chelsea Beach. Picture: Mark Stewart AN HOUR AGO DECEMBER 28, 2018 Youths have glassed a young man, bashed others and robbed beachgoers of their belongings during a horror...

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Thursday, 27 December


Back on the Property Couch "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Property Couch return

I mostly fly Virgin when headed interstate, but when I fly Qantas I always make sure to jump straight onto Q-Streaming to take in a Property Couch podcast. 

In an industry often known for its colourful characters these fellas have shone through with such generous and high-quality content over the past few years that their podcast is the most downloaded in the genre (at well over 4 million downloads the last time I checked).

A brief scroll through the back-catalogue shows the calibre of the guests they've had on, from Paul Clitheroe to Alan Kohler, and from Nerida Consibee to NBA Superstar Andrew Bogut. 

It's not a bad roll call, to be fair!

So when I was invited back onto the couch for my second appearance it was a no-brainer for me to get down to Melbourne quick-smart. 

Once you get past the hyped introduction (thoroughly undeserved) and a droll observation about my haircut (admittedly, deserved), it was a ripper episode and here are some of the key themes we covered this time around. 




Defence Department accused of deception over Woomera radioactive wastes "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Defence under attack on nuclear waste dump  LUKE GRIFFITHS @_LukeGriffiths DECEMBER 27, 2018

 Woomera must be revisited as a potential site for Australias first nuclear waste dump, says Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick, who accuses the Defence Department of deception over claims the site is unsuitable.

Senator Patrick said he would question Defence officials at Senate estimates hearings over why the department dismissed Woomera as a potential site because of an intolerable risk and its impracticability a position since backed by Resources Minister Matt Canavan.

 The 122,000sq km Woomera Prohibited Area, located in the South Australian outback 450km northwest of Adelaide, is a military testing range under federal government control.

 Senator Patrick said significant nuclear waste materials had been stored there since 1994, including 10,000 drums of low and intermediate-level waste from a CSIRO research facility at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.

In a report published on its website last week, the CSIRO said tests had found the material posed no threat to health or the environment.   Tests in May found radiation levels adjacent to the storage had natural background values for Australia, as would be found in typical soil and rock.

The report findings make a mockery of Defence claims theres no way a national radioactive waste management facility could be located anywhere in the enormous expanse of the WPA, Senator Patrick said.
 The reality is radioactive waste has been safely st...


The Moon by Stuart Wilde "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

One day I stood on tiptoe in order to kiss the moon, she would have none of it. So I went down on one knee in homage, hoping for her love, again she ignored me....

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Wednesday, 26 December


Call of the Wild "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

When I was young I used to watch wildlife shows, particularly those set in Africa. I can still see the cheetah hiding in the long grass with nothing but its eyes and ears visible. And then with a burst of speed it would leap out and bring down some hapless eland. The picture left depicts []


$20,000 for childrens ward "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GENEROSITY TO HELP SICK KIDS From left, local resident, 8-year-old Isabelle Waser and Paul Archer from Natrad. Photo: David Lee.GENEROSITY TO HELP SICK KIDS From left, local resident, 8-year-old Isabelle Waser and Paul Archer from Natrad. Photo: David Lee.

PAUL Archer from Natrad has been working hard collecting batteries and scrapping them over the past six months to help raise $24,640.91 that he donated to GV Health last week.

Paul said, We are looking at setting up another dedicated charity for the hospital. These funds will be split to go toward helping the childrens ward. 20 percent will go toward buying toys and other items for the children to keep them entertained.

A bored kid is a sick kid. The other 80 percent will go toward anything else the childrens ward needs like machines and beds.


Businesses get into Christmas spirit and win "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


Students join forces with botanic gardens "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A WORKING RELATIONSHIP From left, GOTAFE students, Matthew Keane, anonymous, Rebecca OSullivan and Prue Abela working collaboratively with Friends of the Botanic Gardens member, Sally Mann. Photo: Supplied.A WORKING RELATIONSHIP From left, GOTAFE students, Matthew Keane, anonymous, Rebecca OSullivan and Prue Abela working collaboratively with Friends of the Botanic Gardens member, Sally Mann. Photo: Supplied.

GOTAFE trainers and assessors, Ross Wade and Erin McDowell, as well as GOTAFE horticulture students, came together last week with committee members of the Friends of the Botanic Gardens Shepparton, to celebrate the end of the year.

The working relationship, formed in August of this year is between the group and GOTAFE horticulture students and sees them work together for the continued upkeep and expansion of the Australian Botanic Gardens at Kialla. This project was instigated by commercial manager, Robyn Saunders earlier this year.

GOTAFE horticulture students propagate seedlings to plant out at the gardens throughout their studies and have been involved in projects including providing design assistance and special projects.

Jill Grant from the Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton said, This partnership is absolutely mutually beneficial. The set up for seed propagation at the William Orr Campus is out of this world.

We cant afford to do that as a committee, nor do we have the manpower to do the work required to maintain it. Working with GOTAFE students will also provide us with design assistance and assist in other projects as they are identified.

We are happy that students will learn from the gardens because we aim to get the community here and students are part of that community and we look forward to working together in 2019.


Dont become a statistic this holiday season "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BE WISE ON OUR ROADS With the holiday season upon us Victoria Police have kicked off Operation Roadwise to help curb the number of road accidents and road deaths during the December and January holiday periods. Photo: Nicholise Garner.BE WISE ON OUR ROADS With the holiday season upon us Victoria Police have kicked off Operation Roadwise to help curb the number of road accidents and road deaths during the December and January holiday periods. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

VICTORIA saw 237 lives lost on its roads last year, with 198 lives lost to date this year, and in Greater Shepparton alone, while there were no fatalities recorded during the December and January holiday periods, there were 41 recorded claims of hospitalisation on our roads.

Victoria Police is boosting its presence on the roads over the New Year period, with motorists urged to slow down and get to their celebrations safely.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Lisa Neville recently launched the Victoria Police Operation Roadwise campaign, where the names and ages of those who have died on our roads this year inscribed on baubles and placed on the Victoria Police lives lost Christmas tree.

As part of the operation police will be out in force targeting dangerous driving, drug and drink driving and irresponsible behaviour on our roads.

Police will use their new smaller alcohol and drug test buses to target those travelling to and from celebrations in suburban streets and rat runs.

All road users will be targeted, including heavy vehicles, light trucks, cars, motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians.

Drivers are encouraged to reduce their own risks on the road by ensuring their vehicle is roadworthy, practising stop-revive-survive strategies, staying off their mobile phones and being alert on unfamiliar roads.


Convictions made following discovery of puppy farm "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A TATURA man has been charged after appearing the Shepparton Magistrates Court following a joint investigation by Greater Shepparton City Council and the RSPCA into the illegal operation of a puppy farm over the last two years.

The man, who had more than 50 dogs and 20 cats at two properties, was subsequently charged with offences including operating an unregistered breeding business and animal cruelty. The man pleaded guilty in the Shepparton Magistrates Court to failing to conducting a domestic animal business on an unregistered premise and failing to register the large number of dogs and cats with council.

The accused also pleaded guilty to two RSPCA Victoria charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTAA) for failing to provide veterinary treatment for a sick or injured animal. As a result, the accused will not be able to operate a domestic animal business in Victoria for the next 10 years.

Manager citizen services, Laurienne Winbanks said the prosecution demonstrated Councils commitment to protecting the welfare of animals and ensuring compliance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Council works together with local and state authorities including the RSPCA to monitor domestic animal businesses and any illegally operating puppy farms and cat breeders will be investigated, Ms Winbanks said.

We strongly encourage the community to report to council or the RSPCA any property in Greater Shepparton that may be breeding dogs or cats or where the welfare of the animals is a concern.

RSPCA Victoria inspectorate team leader, Lisa Calleja said it was a promising outcome.

Were happy with this result, because it sends a clear message to the community that anyone wanting to operate a domestic animal business must do so in accordance with the law and ensure the welfare of their animals, which includes the provision of veterinary treatment to any that are sick or injured, Ms Calleja said.

Reports can be made to council by calling 5832 9700, visiting or emailing or can also be made to the RSPCA by calling 9224 2222 or visiting


$7M medical investment to solve doctor shortage "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LA TROBE University has welcomed a $7M investment from the Federal Government to support delivery of a new end-to-end rural medical school in partnership with the University of Melbourne, located in Shepparton and other regional areas including Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga, which is designed to help solve Victorias rural doctor shortage.

It will deliver the construction and refurbishment of specialist teaching labs in Albury-Wodonga and Bendigo labs, new equipment and the appointment of six new specialist teaching and technical staff at both locations.

La Trobe University vice-chancellor, Professor John Dewar said the senators commitment was a welcome investment in regional communities that would make a real and lasting difference.

The Federal Government has today announced a $7M dollar investment into the strong health, resilience and self-reliance of regional Australians, Professor Dewar said.

This funding allocation will ensure we can deliver on our long-standing commitment to deliver more locally-trained doctors for rural, regional and remote communities.

From next year a cohort of 15 La Trobe students, co-selected collaboratively by both universities, will enter La Trobes new three-year bachelor of biomedical science (medical) undergraduate degree delivered at La Trobe Universitys Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga campuses. Those who successfully complete the course will then gain guaranteed entry into the University of Melbournes doctor of medicine (rural) postgraduate degree, to be based in Shepparton.

The selection process will target students with rural backgrounds who are seeking a career as a rural doctor. Both courses will be taught in regional Victoria.

Professor Dewar said the university was on track to begin teaching the course from early next year.

Since the initiative was given the green light in May this year, we have worked closely with our collaboration partners, the University of Melbourne, to get this program underway. Weve had strong interest from schools and students from across regional Australia to take part in this innovative program. Prospective students will soon learn if theyve been selected for an interview; those who are successful will earn entry to the class of 2019, Professor Dewar said.


Finley Rodeo, the first Friday in January "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

PUT ON YOUR COWBOY HAT The best cowgirls and cowboys from around Australia will turn out at Finley Rodeo this January 4. Photo: Supplied.PUT ON YOUR COWBOY HAT The best cowgirls and cowboys from around Australia will turn out at Finley Rodeo this January 4. Photo: Supplied.

THE Finley Apex Club are lining up to run their second Finley Pro Rodeo in January. The Finley Apex Club is proudly affiliated with the Australian Professional Rodeo Association to bring the 34th annual rodeo to Finley on January 4, 2019.

Gates will open at 5:30pm and the action begins at 7pm. The countrys best announcers will keep you entertained and up-to-date with all the live action throughout the night. The twilight event features the best cowboys and cowgirls from around Australia, with stock supplied by Australias legendary rodeo stock supplier, Gary McPhee and will feature bull ride, saddlebronc, bareback, steer wrestling, roping and barrel race events for seniors and juniors alike, its sure to be a nail-biting event.

There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family, as well as a full bar and food area (strictly no BYO). There will be sideshows, food and retails stalls and a bucking bull. Enjoy the night with music and bar facilities operating until late.

Make sure you take time to plan your trip to Finley this January for the 34th Annual Finley Rodeo.

For enquiries, contact Finley Apex Club president, Lachlan Kerr on 0429 707 863.


Protection from further water losses "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MEMBER for Murray, Damian Drum has helped deliver a socio-economic test which will protect the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District from further water losses.

The test was agreed to by basin ministers in Melbourne recently, with Mr Drum attending a MINCo meeting.

This announcement has been two years in negotiation and Im incredibly grateful to the Nationals Federal Minister for Water, David Littleproud, Mr Drum said.

As part of the Nationals team Ive had the ear of Federal Water Minister Littleproud constantly and ultimately weve been able to put together a deal that secures the future of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID).

Being able to bring the Minister to the Goulburn Valley on four occasions has ensured he understands our region and the critical nature of these negotiations.

Importantly, this deal delivers water projects that South Australia had prioritised and will address the health of the lower lakes and the Coorong. This was important to ensure all states benefited from this agreement, so this agreement is now carved in stone.

All states have now agreed any future water efficiency project must have social and economic benefit or detriment tested across the community, not just the participating individual.

The wording and detail in this agreement mirrors what our irrigators and community have been calling for.

Im so proud to have delivered this for our irrigation farmers who grow more food and fibre than any other comparable part of Australia. We all know water equals wealth and the wealth in the Goulburn Valley extends way beyond the farm gate, to the prosperity of all the cities and towns throughout the GMID.


Brilliant bargains for Boxing Day "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BAG UP SOME CHEAP BUYS From left, Big W service supervisor, Toni Hatzie, Priceline pharmacy assistant, Linda Parris and Woolworths assistant store manager, Nathan Winters are prepared for the Boxing Day business. Photo: Katelyn Morse. BAG UP SOME CHEAP BUYS From left, Big W service supervisor, Toni Hatzie, Priceline pharmacy assistant, Linda Parris and Woolworths assistant store manager, Nathan Winters are prepared for the Boxing Day business. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

SUPER savings will be made across a vast array of stock at the Shepparton Marketplace today during Boxing Day sales.

The annual, post-Christmas sale is typically the largest and most exciting shopping event of the year, with thousands across the region expected to be out and about on the hunt for cheap deals. With copious free parking available, the Shepparton Marketplace is the ideal one-stop destination to find that unbelievable bargain.

Shepparton Marketplace marketing manager, Lyndal Ford said, This year at Boxing Day we are operating normal trading hours but customers are encouraged to get here early to take advantage of the Boxing Day sales.

Come down and enjoy the exciting atmosphere and save big with exclusive deals across a range of products in our stores.

Head down to the Shepparton Marketplace at 110 Benalla Road today to take advantage of Boxing Day sales, or visit to have a look at whats on.


Calls for stadium development funding commitment "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Andrews Labor Government is being called on to provide funding towards the planned multi-million dollar redevelopment of the Shepparton Sports Stadium.

The project, costed by Greater Shepparton City Council at $37M, will see the stadium transform into an elite event and sporting facility to be known as the Shepparton Sports & Event Centre.

The project will see the construction of three new basketball/netball multi-use courts, including a show court with a 3,000 seat retractable grandstand, new wet area amenities, administration hub and carpark.

The redevelopment will also provide an economic boon to the local economy by supporting 169 local jobs during construction and generating an additional $12.3M per annum upon completion.

Speaking in State Parliament, Member for Northern Victoria Region, Wendy Lovell used the opportunity to challenge Labor to stop ignoring the sporting needs of the Goulburn Valley community and commit funds to help ensure the project becomes a reality.

Member for Northern Victoria Region, Wendy Lovell said, The redevelopment of the Shepparton Sports Stadium is a project that I have advocated for over many years and is long overdue.

The redevelopment will create new jobs for locals during and after construction and will attract events and tourists that will boost the local economy.

I call on the minister to provide a commitment to match the Liberals pledge of $15.5M towards the redevelopment of Shepparton Sports Stadium into the first-class Shepparton Sports & Events Centre.

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Monday, 24 December


The Sacred Days of Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

One of the famous Christmas Carols sings of the Tweleve Days of Christmas and the many matching gifts of the true love. Here, we look to celebrations and observances in different religions and illustrate their significance. Birth of Jesus 25 December 2018 The Birth of Jesus, sometimes called the Nativity of Jesus and more ... Read more...


Labour market tightens further "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Tightening labour force

Lots of people would like more work, which probably isn't that surprising given the ongoing casualisation of the workforce. 

But the volume of underutilisation is clearly falling, as at November 2018 down to the lowest level since the ABS began reporting this in its surveys at 7 per cent. 

The improvement has been driven by New South Wales (6.3 per cent) and Victoria (6.5 per cent), where the jobs markets have now picked up to levels consistent with stronger wages growth. 

Total construction employment has declined to a still-elevated 1.15 million, which is the lowest level in 15 months, albeit still 9 per cent of the total number of employed Aussies. 

This figure will likely fall further given that about three-quarters of construction employment relates to the residential sector. 

On the other hand mining employment has picked up sharply to the highest level in four years. 

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Sunday, 23 December


How I Feel as a Jew During Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Our children attended a preschool located in the building that houses our states Supreme Court. Every morning we walked through the Great Hall, whose exhibits provided more opportunities to teach the children about the values and principles of our country, including the separation of church and state. Things became more complicated in December. The stately ... Read more...

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Saturday, 22 December


A Piece of Aussie History "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The Botany Bay Weevil (Chrysolopus spectabilis) pictured below, also known as the Diamond Beetle, is the first Australian insect to be described from the Cook expedition of 1770 (the species that is, not this particular insect). Only four other insects were collected on that trip.   Botany Bay Weevils live exclusively on a few select []


The Mandaeans of Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A small community of Mandaeans have settled in Shepparton, and have commenced taking up their baptismal practices. Members of the Shepparton Interfaith Network attended one ritual and met new members of the Mandaean community of Shepparton. Mandaeans are followers of John the Baptist. Their ancestors fled from the Jordan Valley about 2000 years ago and ... Read more...


Sydney unemployment rate hits record low "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Record low unemployment

Greater Sydney's economy continued to add jobs at a remarkable, thunderous pace throughout 2018, with total employment up by a rip-roaring 100,000 over the year to November. 

That's more than a third of all new jobs created in Australia on a net basis over that time. 

The media is all about traffic congestion, light rail delays, and falling house prices in the harbour city, but meanwhile the unemployment rate quietly fell to just 3 per cent in November 2018 (not reported anywhere, as far as I could tell!). . 

Interestingly, that's now the lowest monthly unemployment rate figure on record for Sydney, a dynamic which can happen at the tail-end of a monster construction boom. 

On an annual average basis, Sydney's unemployment rate is now down to only 4.3 per cent, while Melbourne has been the biggest improver of recent times, and Adelaide has recovered nicely from a sticky patch. 

At the other end of the spectrum, the equivalent figure for Perth remains elevated at 6.3 per cent.

These are backwards-looking indicators, of course, but still those are some healthy results in the two largest capital cities.

As the labour force grows there will be more unemployed persons in absolute terms over time; but the latest ABS figures showed that some inroads have been made here. 

In fact the trend rate of unemployment is at the lowest level in 7 years at 5.1 per cent, with the total number of unemployed persons down by -34,000 over the...

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Friday, 21 December


Christmas Eve marks 200th anniversary of beloved carol Silent Night "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Exactly 200 years ago this Christmas Eve 24 December, 1818 in a little church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that eventually would be hailed as one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all time. Silent Night was sung ... Read more...


Refugee Detention, Torture and Abuse by Australia doesnt STOP for holidays, New Year celebrations, Christmas Carols or Sporting events #SanctionAustralia "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

While you are celebrating your end of year events, our community is being tortured, abused and murdered in Australian run detention centers in front of your eyes every single day. Have you forgotten?

This is a call by RISE eX-detainees to the Australian public and the International community to join our #SanctionAustralia Campaign and stand AGAINST Refugee/Asylum seeker Detention, Torture and Refoulement committed by the Australian government, during end of year events across Australia and Overseas.

What you are witnessing RIGHT NOW against Refugees in Manus or Nauru or any other Australian run detention camp is not something new. The systemic abuse against refugees coming on boats to seek asylum has been going on for over 26 years now. Australia needs to stop using us as political pawns and


Furthermore, Australias state sanctioned refugee trafficking, detention, torture and abuse has been the laboratory for the world. It has given a green light to many across the globe who claim to support refugees including the European Union who recently made a major deal with Libya to intercept refugee boats.

RISE eX-detainees call for immediate pressure to be placed on Australia in the way of global sanctions that address their deliberate and inhumane mandatory detention process and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded in participating in international humanitarian and human rights forums until mandatory detention and refoulement of asylum seekers is abolished in Australia.

We eX-detainees request all supporters of eX-detainees and current detainees held hostage by Australia to take a stand during end of year holiday events and bring to the forefront the forgotten people in our community being tortured, refouled and abused by this government while mainstream Australia celebrates this festive season.

What can you do?
Download our posters and display them at public places and send a strongmessage that you are no longer going to stand by idly while the trafficking inhuman misery is leveraged for political gain.

Hand out our sanction Australia brochures

For more details about the #SanctionAustralia campaign initiated and run by eX-detainees visit the main page: #SanctionAustralia



Population growth remains strong (but internal trends shift) "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Population growth still strong

The June quarter tends to be a quiet one for population increase, but over the course of FY2018 estimated population growth remained strong at 391,000 or +1.6 per cent, despite a moderate slowing of visa processing and net overseas migration.

Total births increased by 7,000 over the 2018 financial year, mainly due to a jump in New South Wales, although there have been processing lags and blips before.

In time this will set Australia up for its next property cycle as apartment construction slows dramatically over the next few years, but at the moment it's all about mortgage processing delays and mechanical minutiae.

New migrants from overseas are now dominated by young arrivals from China (83,000 in FY2018), India (67,000), and other Asian countries, and less so by permanent migrants from New Zealand, Britain, or other parts of Europe.  

Of the 553,000 migrant arrivals in FY2018? Overwhelmingly they still headed for Greater Sydney (179,000), Melbourne (151,000), Brisbane (56,000), and Perth (48,000) respectively, with other parts of south-east Queensland capturing a fair chunk of the remainder.

The bulk of new migrants lie within the 18 to 34 years cohort, and some 85.4 per cent now opt to reside in the capital cities, and especially so Sydney (32.4 per cent) and Melbourne (27.3 per cent).

Internal shiftology

There have, however, been some internal migration shifts over FY2018. 

Interstate migration to Queensland increased to the highest level in a dozen years as incumbent Aussie residents moved away from the crowded capitals for the more affordable Sunshine State.

I'm hiding in that maroon line myself somewhere, albeit at the nadir of the cycle some years back. 

And while...

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Thursday, 20 December


NSW unemployment rate hits 40-year low "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Unemployment keeps declining

Stacks of interest in today's employment report - so much, in fact, that the ABS website crashed again.

Funding required, to use a hackneyed Muskism.

The composition swung back to part-time, but the economy added another +37,000 jobs in November 2018 on a seasonally adjusted basis to 12.7 million, led by firing Victoria at +30,900. 

Looking through the noise the economy added an impressive +295,700 to total employment year-on-year, for a growth rate of 2.4 per cent. 

On a cyclically positive note the trend participation rate hit the highest level on record.

And in spite of this the trend unemployment rate continued to decline to 5.12 per cent, the lowest since all the way back in July 2011. 

Victoria has been the great improver of late, but New South Wales saw its unemployment rate fall to a 40-year low of just 4.4 per cent.

The annual growth in hours worked was still very modest at under 2 per cent, which is hardly a ringing endorsement of strength. 


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Wednesday, 19 December


Living in an original muddie "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

An expedition with Sue to locate a White-faced Herons nest in the Strath Creek Pioneer Reserve yielded nothing, but on the way back we observed what looked like a mud nest of a White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos) high up in one of the eucalypts. From our limited vantage point it was difficult to tell if []


Why Im not hiking in Tasmania this summer "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

I dont like whats happening in Tasmania in terms of commercial development of its wilderness areas. Its something thats finally starting to get a bit of press with The Weekend Australian Magazine and The Guardian recently writing about it.

When did national parks and the wilderness need to pay for themselves? What happened to protecting parks and wilderness for the flora and fauna they sustain? To preserve a space where theres been little to no human disturbance. Since when did helicopters and huts and standing camps become part of the wilderness experience?

Just some of what has been planned or already underway:

         A cable car to Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain

         Standing camp and helicopter flights to Halls Island in the Walls of Jerusalem

         Huts on the South Coast Track

         The Three Capes Track

         A cable car on Mt Wellington

         Others here.

I dont want to spend my money in a state whose Liberal government only sees the environment for its developme...


Conference of European Churches Differences of religion do not separate us, but rather enrich us in many areas of life. "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The Conference of European Churches (CEC) and Cumberland Lodge conducted a conference titled Towards Peaceful co-existence in the Middle East: challenges and opportunities. Co-hosted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, the gathering drew participants from a broad range of Middle Eastern and European churches. A central issue was how states treat people of different ... Read more...


Stories shared of the people of Shepparton in new book "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


HISTORY DOCUMENTED Lost Sheppartons Geoff Allemand with his latest book, Sheppartonians, which features the people of Shepparton past and present including Raymond West. Photo: Katelyn Morse.HISTORY DOCUMENTED Lost Sheppartons Geoff Allemand with his latest book, Sheppartonians, which features the people of Shepparton past and present including Raymond West. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

THE people of Shepparton past and present are something that quite often draws the attention of any local, and now you have the chance to read about some of their stories in Lost Sheppartons latest book, Sheppartonians.


Adorning the 80 pages are over 100 photos of people who have helped to shape our city, including Sir Andrew Fairley, Sherbourne Sheppard, Raymond West, Noel Hussey, Max and Yvonne Carlos, Darryl Twitt and Ross Freer, the Furphys, John and Agata Anderson and Alan Scott to name a few.

Lost Sheppartons Geoff Allemand worked together with writer, Margaret Marlow (nee Campbell) to create this latest historical book and its one you simply must get your hands on.

Geoff said, We carried out a poll on the Lost Shepparton Facebook page to see what our followers wanted to see in our next book and we had an overwhelming response to them wanting us to focus on people.

The name of the book came from a book called The Big Sheppartonian, A Life of Sir Andrew Fairley. We thought it was fitting because in a way, we are all Sheppartonians.

We tried to choose people who have given something back to the local community and we think we have done that fairly well.

To pick up a copy of Sheppartonians, visit Lost Shepparton at the Shepparton Heritage Centre (across the road from the Shepparton Police Station), visit, or drop into NewsXpress at Riverside Plaza or Focus Cards & Gifts.


Oh my Cod! Excellent fishing event enthrals local anglers "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEARNING FROM FISHING GURUS From left, Trellys Fishing and Hunting World Shepparton owners, Steven and Mary Threlfall, angler, Kayla Palanuik, professional fisher and guest speaker, Carl Jocumsen and Trellys team member, Ross Threlfall. Photo: Supplied.LEARNING FROM FISHING GURUS From left, Trellys Fishing and Hunting World Shepparton owners, Steven and Mary Threlfall, angler, Kayla Palanuik, professional fisher and guest speaker, Carl Jocumsen and Trellys team member, Ross Threlfall. Photo: Supplied.

ANGLERS assembled at Sheppartons Eastbank recently for Cod-ference, an annual event celebrating the official opening of the Murray Cod fishing season. The daylong event enabled fishers a great environment to boast about their catches, share stories, and receive top-quality advice from world-renowned experts regarding all things fishing.

Competitive fisher, Carl Jocumsen shared his incredible fishing journey, from small beginnings in Toowomba to competing in his first ever championship in the USA, the Table Rock Lake Bassmaster Open Championship 2018. The crowd were enthralled by Carls inspirational speech, especially considering Carl cut his teeth as a young angler fishing Murray Cod several years ago.

Also in attendance, Victorian Fisheries Authority chief executive officer, Travis Dowling explained the existing governments plans to get one million people fishing in Australia by 2020. There was much intrigue surrounding this particular speech, with Victorian fishing a majorly central focus.

Trellys Fishing and Hunting World owner, Steven Threlfall was in attendance and said, Some really great information was gained from this amazing fishing event. It was really handy to receive helpful feedback around the scientific, grassroots and even some of the political elements surrounding Australian fishing.

Carl Jocumsen had audiences captivated with his unbelievable story. He was absolutely the highlight of the event for everyone and we are so grateful for his attendance.


Young mum awarded ambassadorship "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ASSISTING THE YOUTH From left, The Bridge Youth Service CEO, Melinda Lawley, youth ambassador, Lauren Beks, three-year old, Luna Beks and Laurens fianc, Jayme Mathers. Photo: Katelyn Morse. ASSISTING THE YOUTH From left, The Bridge Youth Service CEO, Melinda Lawley, youth ambassador, Lauren Beks, three-year old, Luna Beks and Laurens fianc, Jayme Mathers. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

SOMETIMES in order to assist disadvantaged youth, you need someone who has experienced hardship first-hand to provide the genuine empathetic support needed to enable help and connection.

The Bridge Youth Service in Shepparton have recognised this need, recently announcing the commencement of the Next Generation Leadership Youth Ambassador Program and awarding the first ambassadorship to local young mum, Lauren Beks.

Diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and Bipolar Disorder, Lauren has continually struggled to find her place in the world. However, through the ongoing support from The Bridge Youth Services, particularly from her mentor, Linda King, Lauren has successfully turned her life around and is now keen to employ her experiences of hardship to help and assist others.

Having utilised the service for almost 10 years, Lauren first began attending The Bridge as a teenager after she fell pregnant with her first child, Layne. Throughout this time, Lauren has returned often to The Bridge, seeking support in times of crisis at various points in her life. When she experienced homelessness, The Bridge was there to offer support. She received antenatal support then later, when Laurens second child Luna was born, The Bridge assisted again, attending appointments and helping out however possible.

With Layne and Luna now eight and three years old, respectively, Lauren still returns to The Bridge regularly to assist other young mums through the Young Parents Program and she is excited to utilise her ambassadorship to continue helping well into the future.

The Bridge Youth Service CEO, Melinda Lawley said, We were seeking a young person who has utilised The Bridge Youth Service and who is committed to the...


Staff milestones recognised "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

PART OF THE FAMILY Shepparton Villages catering manager, Geoff Scales celebrated more than 25 years of employment with the organisation, joining 22 others who were also recognised for their milestones at the AGM. Photo: Katelyn Morse.PART OF THE FAMILY Shepparton Villages catering manager, Geoff Scales celebrated more than 25 years of employment with the organisation, joining 22 others who were also recognised for their milestones at the AGM. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

TWENTY-THREE staff at Shepparton Villages were recognised for their long service milestones at the organisations AGM this year.

Clocking up 10 years was Wayde Vider, Geoff McKendrick, Glenys McQualter, Jillian Hall, Bryan Wayman, Susanne Taylor, Jackie Nightingale, Edward McNair, Kerri Sitters, Fiona Thomson, Melissa Lepp, Heather Dover and Alisha Brown. Clocking up 15 years was Dawn Rogers, Leanne Hotchkiss, Lynne Coe, Jodie Toohey, Sue Cahill, Joanne Whennen, Anne Maree Bramley and Virginia McPhillamy. Helen Pierce celebrated 30 years of employment and Geoff Scales celebrated more than 25 years.

Starting his stint with Shepparton Villages as second chef on December 21, 1991 and today carrying out his role as catering manager, Geoff Scales said, I have seen a few changes in my time. The stand-out moments would have to be seeing the construction of all the facilities; Mooroopna, the new Banksia and Arcacia and Maculata Place as well as the new production kitchen, which was a big deal for us.

Ive been cooking for 40 odd years and have gone from a pan and wooden spoon to now using a $70,000 Bratt Pan. There have certainly been many changes in technology.

I enjoy doing Christmas for the residents. We make everything ourselves including 3,000 shortbread and 3,000 rum balls, 1,500 Christmas puddings and 40 to 50 Christmas cakes. There is just nothing like putting on Christmas for them.


Road safety upgrades sweep through region "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MAJOR north east Victorian roads have been made safer with critical works undertaken recently through a $51.5M investment into maintenance, resurfacing and rehabilitation on the arterial network.

Regional Roads Victoria north eastern regional director, Nicki Kyriakou said upgrades on the Goulburn Valley Highway, Murray Valley Highway and Glenrowan-Myrtleford Road (also known as Snow Road) would provide smoother, safer journeys for all road users.

We know how important safety is to road users travelling throughout north east Victorian roads each day, which is why weve committed to delivering these essential upgrades, Ms Kyriakou said.

Youll see our crews out this maintenance season, ensuring we provide a reliable road network for all Victorians.

Just under one kilometre of the Glenrowan-Myrtleford Road, Whorouly, has been upgraded between Trakton Road and Barneys Lane, with a further kilometre of road improved on the Murray Valley Highway near Ludlows Reserve, Ebden.

An overtaking lane will be rebuilt by the end of the year on the Goulburn Valley Highway west of Strathmerton, where thousands of vehicles travel each day on one of the regions key freight routes.

To keep track of these projects or check out what other works are underway or planned in your area, visit


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

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


KYVALLEY CHRISTMAS DANCES will be held on Saturday, December 22 at 7:30pm, with music by Keith Stockdale and on Saturday, December 29 at 7:30pm, with music by Jos Dance Music. A good program with delicious supper, raffles and promises to be lots of fun. Held at Kyvalley Hall, 534 Scobie Road, Kyvalley. For further information, contact Bev on 0417 360 687 or 5852 1853.


ST BRENDANS CHURCH CHRISTMAS CHURCH TIMES are mass on December 24 at 10pm (with carols starting at 9:30pm) and mass no December 25 at 8am and 11am.



ORCHARD DAY CLUB meets on second and fourth Thursday of each month,

10:30am to 2:30pm at Shepparton RSL for friendly company, gentle exercises, mind games, cards, guest speakers, bus tours and a delicious lunch. All ages and genders welcome. Phone Judy on 5823 5941 or Betty on 5821 3838.


CONNECT MEDITATION GROUP is inviting the community to enjoy the benefits of meditation. One hour sessions are held every Monday at 6pm, Tuesday mornings at 10am and Thursday night from 7:30pm at Harmony Place, 9a Edward Street in Shepparton and admission is $8. For further information, contact Lisa 0419 562 790 or Roger 0427 541 611.


ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES meets on the third Monday of each month at 9:45am at the Overlander Hotel, Benalla Road, Shepparton. Share group meeting will be at 9am. For further information, phone Bill on 5821 1854.


SOCIAL BADMINTON players meet at the Shepparton Stadium every Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am. New players, beginners to advanced are welcome. Enjoy a coffee and a chat after the game. Phone Julie on 0407 717 265.


ENABLING WOMEN GROUP meets once a month at Rights Information and Advocacy Centre, 190 Benalla Road, Shepparton. For further information, phone Sharon on 0429 621 843.


TRANSPORT TO CEMETERIES on the third Saturday of each month Goulburn Community Transport provides transport to the cemetery to visit loved ones. For more information, contact Vilma Ondrus 5831 3607 or Goulburn Community Transport 5831 8515. Shepparton visits are $3 and Pine Lodge visit $4.


MAINLY MUSIC program is held every Wednesday from 10am t...


Come down and sing a chorus or two "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

KEEN FOR CAROLS From left, Sean French, Ruby Davies, Moara Smith and Merdi Yamfu cant wait to perform the childrens entertainment at Carols by Candlelight. Photo: Katelyn Morse. KEEN FOR CAROLS From left, Sean French, Ruby Davies, Moara Smith and Merdi Yamfu cant wait to perform the childrens entertainment at Carols by Candlelight. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

WARM up those vocal cords and adorn your best Christmas outfit; Sheppartons annual Carols by Candlelight event is coming to town.

This Sunday, December 23, the Queens Gardens is going to come alight, with songs of peace and joy echoing throughout the area. The free event is presented by Greater Shepparton City Council and commences at 6:30pm; however, it is recommended that guests arrive early in order to be assured a seat.

The family-friendly event will feature music from local artists and youth performers alongside Shepparton Brass and Wind and Goulburn Valley Pipes and Drums.

Of course, Santa Claus himself will be present at the carols and there will be food trucks, coffee, ice cream and glow sticks available for purchase. The event will conclude with a spectacular pyrotechnic display, presented by GMCU.

It is recommended that attendees bring along low chairs, nibbles, insect repellent, picnic rugs and cushions, to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable evening for all.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said, The night promises to be a spectacular event. I look forward to joining many families and friends from around the region who come together to celebrate the festive season in a beautiful setting.

There will be a range of various local performers and entertainers who will showcase a mix of contemporary and traditional Christmas carols who I look forward to seeing.

I hope everyone who is attending has a wonderful evening enjoying all aspects of the festiv...


Blood donors needed for Australias biggest secret Santa "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MORE than 180 Shepparton blood donors are needed between December 21 and January 7 for Australias Biggest Secret Santa exchange this Christmas.

The donors are needed to prevent a possible shortage of blood stocks vital to the treatment of cancer patients.

To celebrate this Secret Santa exchange, blood donors who give blood or platelets this December will receive a text message to let them know where their Secret Santa gift was sent. Theyll also receive a Christmas gift tag to give to a loved one saying theyve donated blood on their behalf.

Blood Service spokesperson, Shae Smith urged locals to give blood, saying it was the most important Secret Santa theyll ever do.

If Secret Santa is about giving anonymous gifts, designed to make someones day, then blood donation really is Australias ultimate Secret Santa exchange.

Blood will be needed by road accident patients, pregnant mums, cancer patients and even premature babies every day this Christmas and New Years.

To make an appointment to give blood or find out more about Australias Biggest Secret Santa, call 13 14 95 or visit


Businesses urged to sharpen up on snake bite safety "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WITH the summer temperatures already having risen over 30 degrees, the presence of snakes across regional worksites including farms and properties, pose a higher risk of snake bite.

More than 3,000 snake bites are recorded in Australia each year, with up to 500 people requiring antivenom. With Australia being home to around 140 different species of snake, and approximately 100 of these being venomous, its crucial that we are educated and prepared if a snake strikes.

Brenniston First Aid & Workplace Safety director, Pia Abrahams is urging all business owners to take necessary precautions to minimise workplace hazards and provide workers with access to a suitable first aid kit.

Most importantly, outdoor workers should be trained in snake bite first aid, known as the pressure immobilisation technique, and always carry an easily accessible snake bite first kit. First aid should be administered even when a bite appears minor or the patient has no symptoms, Abrahams said.

If a snake bite occurs, speed and immobilisation are vital to impede the spread of venom. Using a compression bandage and ensuring the patient is remaining as calm and still as possible will significantly increase their chance of surviving a life-threatening snake bite.

Snakes may be more prevalent on agricultural, road transport, construction and land management worksites in warm weather.

They are typically found in cool, dark, protected areas such as under buildings and near sheds, around rubble and stored materials, in electrical switch boxes and long grass. Its also not uncommon for snakes to enter unattended open vehicles.

If you or a work colleague is bitten by a snake, dial Triple Zero (000) immediately and then administer first aid for snake bite.



Relieve holiday stress "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

REST AND RELAX Proud Traditional Thai Massage owner, Kathy Khongsthidporn suggests giving the gift of relaxation this Christmas. Photo: Katelyn Morse.REST AND RELAX Proud Traditional Thai Massage owner, Kathy Khongsthidporn suggests giving the gift of relaxation this Christmas. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

CHRISTMAS is the most wonderful time of the year, but sometimes it can be extremely stressful too. Thats why its important to look after your body and ensure you feel refreshed and rejuvenated for the New Year.

At Proud Traditional Thai Massage, staff can assist in loosening muscles and providing much-needed freedom from tension. Whether it is a 30-minute or four-hour session, clients are massaged to release and remove physical tension.

The friendly staff offers a combination of Thai massage and oil massage, all in a nice, clean and relaxed environment. Proud Traditional Thai Massage has also enlisted extra care to ensure maximum relaxation in the Maude Street space.

Treat your loved ones to relaxation this Christmas with one of Proud Traditional Thai Massages excellent gift cards. These can be made up to suit any budget, with $20, $30, $50 and $60 options available and for a limited time, they are running a great deal where you can buy six gift cards and receive one for free!

Proud Traditional Thai Massage owner, Kathy Khongsthidporn said, At the end of another hard year, its best to gift friends and family with a relaxing massage.

This is even the perfect gift to give to yourself! Everyone deserves to feel comfortable and relaxed over the busy time of year.

Give the gift of relaxation this Christmas. Drop into 272B Maude Street, Shepparton or call 5858 5446 to book a massage.


What is Trade Justice and how does it relate to Labor Policy? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Donald Trumps rejection of trade agreements and aggressive use of unilateral tariffs, and One Nations similar policies in Australia have tapped into resentment of current neoliberal trade policies, which for many people have not delivered promised jobs and growth, and have contributed to growing inequality.

Trump and One Nation have mobilised this resentment from a conservative and racist perspective, fanning ultra-nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiment. But their simplistic responses of high tariffs on imports will not magically restore lost jobs. Building walls and discriminatory migration policies based on fear will not improve peoples lives but will bolster militarism and the danger of war.

AFTINET is part of the global movement of progressive groups supporting peace, human rights and global solidarity. We are not opposed to trade, but want a more just global trade system

What Trumps rupture with some neoliberal trade policies does demonstrate is that they are not immutable economic rules resulting from market forces, but political decisions that can be changed. As advocates for trade Justice we must seize the opportunity to challenge bad policy and develop alternatives which benefit the majority, not just the top 1%.

Whats wrong with current trade policy

Fundamentalist neoliberal trade policy as practised by the Coalition Government aims to achieve not only zero tariffs but also zero other barriers to all trade and investment.

Each country should specialise in its most narrowly-defined competitive products or services, import everything else at the lowest possible prices, have no active industry policies and minimise other government regulation. Australia would be a farm and a quarry, with deregulated service industries like tourism and financial services.

This policy culminated in former Treasurer Joe Hockeys  admission that his government decided to end all assistance to the car industry to reach trade deals with....

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Tuesday, 18 December


New home sales bounce "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

New home sales up a bit

Some brighter news for builders in the last monthly Housing Industry Association (HIA) release of the year, as new home sales increased 3.6 per cent.

Still comfortably lower than a year earlier.

The HIA included cautionary comments about credit becoming too tight.


Can We Love Enough To Leave Alone? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

It's interesting to arrive at the end of a year and look back. The theme for our planet of talking heads seemed to be people wanting others to behave in acceptable ways and have opinions like their own...


Commodores Cup excites the sailors "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

RACING on December 16 for the yacht clubs Commodores Cup race three and four had something for everyone.
Race three consisted of two triangles and a windward return, with shifty wind coming out of the north west.
With 15 boats on the water the race started on time at 11 in the morning and consisted of three laps around the course. In Division 2 the monohulls had some tight racing with Matt Kiely and Toby Leppin tussling for the lead. In the end it was a close finish with Matt getting over the line first with Toby hot on his tail and Steve Horton coming in third making up a trifecta of Impulses taking the podium places.
In Division 1, Rob McNair to snuck over the line with 1st place honours and Pete Kiely coming in second with Shaun Freeman in third place.
Race 4 had weather for everyone, with a brisk 12 knot breeze getting boats around the course and a good rate of knots. The rain came in, the wind picked up and then died off, with the last leg of the race turning into a drifter.
Pete Keily came in through in first place after trailing for most of the race, with Shaun Freeman coming in second and Rob McNair third.
In division 2 Toby Leppin beat Folkert and Sara Janssen on handicap with Matt Kiely coming through in third place.
Racing in the rain had smiles on everyones faces with all agreeing that next time the Officer of the Day needed to organise the wind to stay in at least until the last boat made it over the line.
Sailing is held at the South Gippsland Yacht Club every Sunday with races starting at 11am.
This year the Boat Shed is running training courses for beginner sailors, going from January 2-5. Tackers 1, 2 and 3 courses will be run for kids aged 7 -12, with training for older beginners sailors also available on the larger Pacer boats.
For more information visit the SGYC website ( or head over to the boatshed website ( for more details.

Steady as she goes: Vice Commodore Francis Sullivan on a reach in his Sabre. Photo courtesy Louise Janssen....


Vu makes Victoria proud "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WONTHAGGI athlete Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery competed at Cairns last weekend in the Australian All Schools Track and Field Championships.
Tevuro competed in the U14 age group in both the 80 metre hurdles event and the javelin.
She ran well in the qualifying heat of the hurdles to make the final later in the day where she ran 13.20 to come fifth overall.
On the following day in torrential rain, she threw herself into the top three places to claim bronze with a throw of 38 metres.
These results establish her in the top five of both events, Australia wide.

Bronze medallist: Wonthaggis Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery (left) displayed her medal after representing Victoria in the U14 girls javelin in Cairns last weekend.


South Gippsland Midweek Ladies Tennis "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LAST Tuesday, the grand finals in all sections were played in glorious conditions at Wonthaggi.
All sections had very close games.
Congratulations to all the players and of course the umpires.
The next season of tennis begins in early February.
If you would like a game or can enter a team, please let your local club know or contact the association on the Facebook page South Gippsland Midweek Ladies.
The association covers from Phillip Island to Foster including Korumburra, Grantville and Nyora areas.
Results of grand finals:
Section 1: Inverloch Diamonds 4-37 defeated Bena 2-30.
Section 2A: Bena 4-38 defeated Invy Chicks 2-27.
Section 2B: Grantville 3-36 defeated Nyora 3-29.

Section 1 premiers: from left, Liza Burrows, Lisa Butcher, Jen Scott and Brooke Scapin from the Inverloch Diamonds won the premiership.


Stony Creek hosts season opening trials "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GROUP 1 winning trainer Peter Gelagotis and his brother Manny sent horses around the track at Stony Creek at last weeks official trials.
Stony Creek Racing Club president Michael Darmanin said it was a terrific opportunity to test out the track with nearly 50 horses making the trip down to Stony Creek for the trials.
The fact that so many horses and trainers travelled from near and far for these trials is a great reflection on the facilities and training opportunities Stony Creek can provide for country racing, he said.
It was also terrific to hear the feedback from assistant trainer Manny Gelagotis that he thought the track was in great condition, and that the trials at Stony Creek were a good training exercise.
We often hear from trainers and jockeys that one of the things they like about the Stony Creek course is the rise in the course over the back that makes a good challenge for the horses.
The track renovation we undertook earlier this year is paying off, with jockeys and trainers pleased with its preparation for the coming season.
With our first race meet for the season coming up in less than a fortnight, we are looking forward to a fantastic racing season at Stony Creek and with our new track renovations we are ready to go.
Our Family Day of Racing will be on December 29 with a full fixture of family friendly entertainment including the day of racing for members and visitors to enjoy.
For more information on race days at Stony Creek or to become a member, call the club on 5664 0099.


Bass Coast heroes complete Bali Hope Swimrun "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TWENTY heroes racing to save one small island are the words etched into the back of the medals Kara Landells and Nina Barry-Macaulay recently received for being the first amateur team to cross the finish line in South East Asias first ever Swimrun, on Saturday, December 8.
The Bali Hope Swimrun was an event aimed to raise funds towards improved recycling infrastructure for the Island of Nusa Lembongan and improved waste management education, as well as raising awareness on the global issue of plastic pollution.
Unlike triathlon or duathlon, Swimrun is completed as a team of two and comprises multiple legs of swimming and running at various distances.
The Nusa Lembongan event involved three kilometres of swimming and 18 kilometres of running.
It started with a boat dropping teams off 500m from land to begin the first swim leg, and ended with a two kilometre uphill run.
Team Bass Coast (Nina and Kara) raised over $10,000, which will go towards buying recycling equipment and implementing education in the local schools.
Nina and Kara visited one of the schools during their visit and worked with the children to make recycling posters. They also visited the recycling plant to see how basic the facilities are and how important the new equipment will be.
On the last day, the Bali Hope teams joined forces with 60 students from the local school for a cleanup.
They sorted and collected rubbish and recyclables from an open space which is currently being used as an informal dump site. Key stakeholders, including the Mayor of Nusa Lembongan and landowner, attended the event.
Kara and Nina explained the clean up lead to a formal agreement between the landowner and recycling plant.
The landowner agreed to donate a small part of his land for the recycling plant to build an enclosed waste disposal point, which will be emptied daily by the recycling plant, they said.
Locals can continue to deposit their waste at this location, but in an organised and sustainable way, where rubbish cant be easily swept into the ocean. This will be a great example for other landowners to follow as the Island works towards a more sustainable future.

Awesome effort: Nina Barry-Macaulay and Kara Landells ran 18 kilometres in the Bali Hope Swimrun recently.


Cricketers share experience "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MADURA Weerasinghe has taken up his brothers legacy to help Sri Lankan cricketers connect with local cricket teams.
Udara Weerasinghe played for Korumburra in 2012 and recommended other Sri Lankan players join the competition, including Madura.
Madura played with Leongatha Town for six years and organised several players to travel internationally to play for the team.
This season, he is playing four games for Wonthaggi Miners and has introduced Yashas Alwis and Dinesh Indika to the side.
As all teams, we want to win this season, but I am also here to share my experience with the boys, Madura said.
I want to do for this club what I did for Town and organise players.
He was also an agent for other Sri Lankan players who have joined local teams this year.
Madura said the Miners had been extremely responsive, and he was appreciative of its commitment to helping the boys with accommodation and payment.
Madura brings a wealth of experience for the Miners.
He has played in the Leongatha and District Cricket Association for eight years and was named in the Victorian Team of the Year for 2013.
He also played in Dandenong and in Perth.
Now a permanent resident in Darwin, he has played in Darwins premier cricket competition and was picked up for the NT Strike Team.
Madura said he had enjoyed working with the Miners so far and the aim was to get the A2 side in the top four for Christmas for a chance to contend in the finals series.
The Miners are sitting sixth at the moment, but percentage is all that is standing between fourth and sixth.
Yashas and Dinesh said they also looked forward to sharing their experience with Miners.
Yashas was named captain and coach for the Miners in A2. He has 16 years worth of experience and is now playing in his second season with the Leongatha and District Cricket Association, having played for Town last season.
It can be a bit stressful (to take on a leadership role) but I am enjoying it, Yashas said.
Yashas trains his team on Tuesday and Thursday nights, but is also available for players to arrange one on one coaching with him.
Dinesh also has 16 years of experience and is playing his first season in Australia this year.
Yashas described himself and Dinesh as the branches of Maduras root initiative.
Madura said the indirect objective at Miners was to rebuild the team and attract future players to keep the club running strong.
I would like to thank the club officials the president (Matthew Donohue) and secretary (Brendon Thomas). They did a fantastic job with the paperwork and giving this opportunity to the boys. It was all done really well, he said.
We hope to bring this club to a higher level and help give direction for others.



Wonderland at Mesley Hall "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MORE than 50 children from across South Gippsland were involved in an exciting performance incorporating film, dance and music called Alice in Venus.
Created as a pilot program by Venus Film and Dance Performing Arts for the second stage of an ongoing project to develop regional childrens performing arts touring company, the show at Mesley Hall in Leongatha recently was breathtaking in its depth and creativity.
The tale of Alice In Venus is a journey about life and shadows which the children can pick up and accumulate or choose to leave behind; revealing how everyone is really Alice and can live their own wonderland.
Venus Film and Dance Performing Arts secretary and artistic director Paula Falovic said the production provided children in regional areas the opportunity to stage multiple performances in full production format.
This was also a great opportunity for the audience and the childrens peers to be inspired by this captivating form of art, she said.
Being part of a film, dance and music production is an excellent way for children to build confidence and work as a team.
Alice in Venus is about having fun, but being in dance and production helps reduce social stress and anxiety. This is about giving children a unique experience of growth and development through art.
Funded by South Gippsland Shire Council, Artists for Kids Culture, The Leongatha Lyric Theatre, and the Mirboo North District Community Foundation the film and dance of the production included classical dance, LED glow equipment, film and music.
The performers included students from Mirboo North Primary School and Secondary College, Leongatha Primary School and Secondary College, Inverloch Primary School, Tarwin Lower Primary School, Fish Creek Primary School and Koonwarra Village School.

Junior stars: from left, Lillith Gration, Isla Holm and Guinevere Gooda dressed in their tutus to perform in Alice in Venus, a dance production at Mesley Hall, Leongatha, recently.


Cupboards bare at Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WHILE most families are planning a Christmas with stockings full of gifts and a table brimming with food, many others are struggling to put a meal on the table.
Local community organisations are witnessing an increase in demand for food and services and emergency relief is expected to cater for hundreds of people in Korumburra and Leongatha.
According to Salvation Army Leongatha Corps officer Glenn Smith, there are 160 families already accessing food hampers and toys for Christmas with the expectation that figure will more than double.
The Salvation Army Leongatha Corps and Uniting Gippsland collaborate at Christmas to distribute hampers and toys to families who would otherwise go without.
It is understood Uniting Gippsland has also experienced an increase in demand for services.
Captain Smith said it would be amazing if he was done out of a job because there was no more homelessness or poverty.
We havent done more than in previous years to advertise the service. I think more people are really in need of help, he said.
The cost of living is getting higher and from what Ive heard time and again, the increase in rates as well as access to affordable rentals is adding a lot of pressure.
The community has stepped in to give us some fantastic support. Groups such as the Leongatha Australia Post staff, Woorayl PROBUS, Leongatha Senior Citizens and Inverloch RACV resort have donated.
Hampers contain Christmas fare including a roast chicken, mince pies, roasting vegetables and a pudding.
Capt. Glenn said the look of relief on peoples faces when they knew there would be something under the tree for their child at Christmas was very humbling.
In Korumburra, Milpara Community House runs as a distribution point for Christmas hampers by the St Vincent de Paul Society in Korumburra and the Rotary Club of Korumburras wishing tree gifts.
Milpara House manager Jenni Keerie said anyone accessing the emergency foodbank was informed of the hamper service.
Theres about 25 families who will need food at Christmas in Korumburra, that means there are more than 100 people needing support, she said.
We have been doing this for a number of years and during our emergency relief day more people will access the food hampers.
From our work throughout the year as a foodbank, I know there are a lot of people doing it tough.
St Vincent de Paul in Leongatha secretary Anne Vaughan said the society is experiencing greater demand for help.
We have probably doubled our assistance this year. Part of the extra was that we have also been looking after the Korumburra area while Korumburra Conference was in recess. It has now got going again and will be in full swing next year, she said.
The society has been providing Christmas vouchers, hampers and pamper gifts.
This year ou...


Honour for rescue hero "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A MAN who rescued a drowning stranger from Western Port Bay has been awarded for his bravery.
Benjamin Dennis of San Remo recovered fisherman Ilija Pirvac in 2016 and received a bronze medal from The Royal Humane Society of Australasia at Government House, Melbourne, last Thursday.
Im proud that I saved the guy but its embarrassing as well, he said.
It was nerve racking going into the water but I couldnt let him die.
Mr Dennis was concreting during construction of his Saltwater Phillip Island restaurant at Newhaven on the evening of December 11, 2016 Mr Pirvacs birthday.
At 7pm, Mr Pirvac, of Melbourne was fishing when he fell into the water, off Newhaven jetty. He could not swim and was swept away by the strong tide.
Mr Dennis, a surfer, jumped into the water with one of the fishermans eskies and swam to him. But the man became difficult for Mr Dennis to hold as he tired and as the esky had filled with water and sunk.
He was fully clothed and he was going under, Mr Dennis said.
The water was still cold and I thought I would be floating up the bay with a dead body.
He tried to hold Mr Pirvacs head out of the water as Mr Pirvac was losing consciousness.
Mr Pirvac soon passed out as saltwater filled his lungs. Mr Dennis screamed for help, alerting nearby fisherman, Vaughan Platt of Cape Woolamai, who was a friend of Mr Dennis. He came to the rescue in his boat, accompanied by Chris Chudmore, who was eating tea nearby at the time.
By the time the boat arrived, the men in the water were several hundred metres from shore.
They were lifted into the boat and a Triple Zero operator instructed in the administration of first aid.
Everyone thought he was dead, Mr Dennis said.
There were no signs of life for ages. He had blood all over him and his blood was all over me.
Mr Pirvac later regained consciousness and began vomiting. Paramedics arrived and took over his treatment.
I just went back to work and had to keep going because I had some concrete setting, Mr Dennis said.
To thank Mr Dennis, Mr Pirvac, a steel fabricator, worked at his restaurant after the incident to repay him. Last Saturday evening, Mr Pirvac and 25 of his friends came to Mr Dennis restaurant for a meal.



Teens create arts vibe "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TEENAGERS in South Gippsland are bringing live music and arts to the region while developing valuable life skills.
They are members of the South Gippsland FReeZA committee aged 12 to 25 that works with South Gippsland Shire Council to present live music and arts events, and create opportunities for youngsters to perform.
The current FReeZA committee has presented 25 events over three years and the State Government will give $73,500 to council over the next three calendar years to continue FReeZA.
Committee member Hannah Perry of Leongatha said, Its a great opportunity to meet with like-minded youth and hang out in a friendly environment.
Another committee member, Laura Brennan, also of Leongatha, has enjoyed being involved in songwriting and event management workshops, and skate, music and art competitions, as well as being involved in music festivals and the Leongatha Daffodil Festival.
She even met Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
Committee member Isla Hickey of Leongatha said in the next three years, the committee would run outdoor films, a hip hop lab, video workshop, and skating and arts events.
Councillors were impressed by the young peoples enthusiasm for their roles when they briefed council last Wednesday, with mayor Cr Don Hill saying, The skills you are learning you will take through your whole life.

Movers, shakers: from left, Isla Hickey, Hannah Perry and Laura Brennan, all of Leongatha, are members of the South Gippsland FReeZA committee that organises arts events for South Gippsland youth.

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Victoria 2018 Greens vote, mapped "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Todays maps focus on the performance of the Greens, who went backwards in terms of votes, yet managed to win a record number of lower house seats at a general election.

This first map shows the primary vote swing for the Greens in the 88 electorates.

Seats coloured dark green or bright green mostly swung to the Greens. Pale green seats had a small negative swing, with the brown seats doing worst.

In the recent past weve seen the Greens gain swings in the inner city while losing ground in regional parts of Victoria, but the picture from this election isnt quite as clear.

Yes there was a big increase in the Greens vote in Northcote, Prahran and Richmond (the last helped by the absence of a Liberal candidate), but the Greens vote went slightly backwards in Melbourne and Albert Park, and barely increased in Brunswick.

This second map shows the two-candidate-preferred vote by booth in non-classic seats. This includes five Labor vs Greens races, one Labor vs independent race and one Liberal vs Greens race, all in a contiguous area in the inner city stretching from Prahran to Pascoe Vale.

The map also shows the map data for Mildura, Morwell, Shepparton and Geelong, but you have to zoom out to see those areas.

You can also toggle the map to see the swing by booth, but only for four inner-city Labor vs Greens races for some obscure technical reasons.

Thats about it for today. Ill have more maps tomorrow.


4:30pm Dec 19 | Save Hakeem Urgent Protest "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

When: 4:30pm 19th December 2018 Where: Australian Federal Police, 383 LaTrobe St, West Melbourne, VIC Facebook event here Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi, a permanent Australian resident living in Melbourne, is being held in Thailand and faces deportation back to the threat of torture in Bahrian. He fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to(...)

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467 ways to die on a warming planet "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A new study published in Nature has found evidence for 467 ways in which climate hazards due to global warming are making life on the planet harder for humans. It confirms that we are witnessing a shift in the functioning of the Earth system as a whole, a shift to a new state that is unsympathetic to the continued flourishing of human life.

A changing climate is only one feature of a warming globe. Human activity has bounced the Earth into a state that has no equivalent in its 4.5 billion year history.

Clive Hamilton

The Earths new trajectory as it spins into the future has led scientists to tell us we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. We have crossed a threshold and the geological clock cannot be turned back. The disruption we have caused is increasingly unpredictable and uncontrollable, and it has no endpoint.

There are, therefore, two questions humankind must face. What must we do to prevent serial disasters becoming existential catastrophe? And how can we make our social and economic systems flexible enough to cope with the new dispensation?

There are several reasons an international agreement has proven so hard. The leading one is sabotage by climate science deniers. Ca...

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Spare the fuzzy ones "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

During the warmer months of the year the bite from the Australian Common (AC) March Fly (Tabanus australicus) can take the shine off a BBQ and in my experience many of these flies are pre-emptively despatched during the course of a lazy summers afternoon outdoors. In reality it is only the female fly that bites. []


Kevin Anderson & Hugh Hunt A Rule Book for the Climate Casino "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

https://ScientistsWarning.TV Kevin and Hugh are back with us this year discussing the new climate glitterati that come annually to Davos to feign concern about the climate while they discuss techno-fixes that might allow the (in their minds at least) to continue their excessive lifestyle that is heading us directly for runaway climate change and collapse.

Hat Tip to Chris Harries for this COPOUT chart..


Its Too Late to Brace for Impact "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Here, in the 18th year of the New Millennium, the 28th Year of Our Internet (delivering unlimited information to all), and the 30th year of the Great Harangue over Climate Change (dating it from ...

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Christmas for Those Alone 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Christmas For Those Alone is holding its 18th consecutive free lunch this year. Christmas for those alone provides a free lunch on Christmas Day to anybody in the Shepparton District who finds them self alone or unable to have a Christmas meal with family/friends. Transport is available.   Nothing says community like a big Christmas ... Read more...


Carols by Candlelight 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Sheppartons annual Carols by Candlelight will take place on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM 8:30 PM at Queens Gardens, Wyndham St, Shepparton.   Carols by Candlelight is a loved annual tradition where many generations of families and friends gather to celebrate the festive season in the beautiful setting of the Queens Gardens. ... Read more...


Big Picture article "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Its so nice reading an article that joins the dots.  I get so sick of people concentrating on one issue or another, ignoring everything else troubling civilisation.  From Consciousness of Sheep, who else.?

Britain has apparently been thrown into crisis overnight.  Meanwhile across the channel, French president Macron is desperately trying to extinguish the flames of another weekend of mass protests that have now spread to Belgium and Holland.  In Eastern Europe the hard-right are gaining support; even undermining the previously untouchable Angela Merkels power base in the former East Germany.  Across the Atlantic meanwhile, the lines between deranged Democrats and MAGA nationalists are being drawn in readiness for Americas second civil war.  We are surely living through the greatest crisis in modern history.

Well, yes indeed we are.  But everything set out in the first paragraph is no more than the froth on the beer.  These political spasms are merely the outward manifestation of a human catastrophe that has been decades in the making.

Two far greater symptoms of our predicament have gained at least some public traction this year.  First was an all too visible plastic pollution crisis that is increasingly difficult to ignore now that China has ceased acting as the Wests rubbish dump.  Second is the somewhat less visible insect apocalypse that has seen the near extinction of a raft of pollinating insect species; without which we humans are doomed to starvation.  Interestingly, while these two symptoms are only tenuously related to climate change, they have tended to be included under that shorthand heading.  Plastic certainly damages the environment, but its build up owes far more to the ongoing power of the petrochemicals industry and the myth of recyclingthan to changes in climate.  The same goes for the insects.  While there may have been some climactic impact on migrations and reproduction, the main cause is the vast quantities of chemical insecticides required by an industrialised agriculture tasked with feeding 7.5 billion humans on a planet that could barely feed one seventh of that without fossil fuels and agrochemicals.

In the affected areas, local populations have been stunned by a series of red tide events that result in the mass deaths of fish and other marine creatures.  Climate change is indirectly involved in these events because of the increased rainfall from warmer storms.  But once again it is our industrial agriculture that is the primary cause ...


News from ABC Goulburn Murray: Flood warning issued for Wangaratta "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Heavy rains have caused chaos on the Hume Freeway and surrounding areas.


An Amberley awakening "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

By Matt Phillips

They say that music can rejuvenate the soul, and that was what I was hoping for on Saturday 10th November as I arrived in leafy Amberley for the 2018 CMVic Singing Camp on a beautiful sunny morning.  I had been struggling with my own emotional demons the day before so I was hoping to find my centre; my support again.  Perhaps music could reorganise my brains foggy neural connections again into something clearer?

After the standard check-ins for new arrivals (most people had stayed over from the Friday welcome event the previous evening), all attendees gathered in the Banksia Room for an acknowledgement to country, welcomes, warm ups and an innovative Body Percussion musical game led by Jane York and Nicki Johnson.  It was a great way to meet some new people and to experience the unnerving sensation of speaking a simple repeated chant while engaging our bodies in a series of percussive movements.  Think of the frustration you get trying to pat the top of your head while rubbing your belly, and you get the idea.  It was fun, fast and quite furious!  Well done Jane and Nicki for waking us up and energising us all into a frenzy!




Munching Oats and the God Force Within "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Funny Stuart Wilde audio snippet from 33 Steps Beyond the Earth Plane

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FoF Entertainment Review "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Event:  Ecdysis the musical Genre:   Drama Classification:  G General exhibition, suitable for the whole family Director:   Mother Nature Cast:   Members of the Aeshnidae, Cordulegastroidea and Libelluliodea families (i.e. dragonflies) Soundtrack:   Various frogs, crickets & cicadas Year:   2018 Plot summary:  Ecdysis (the musical) is the coming of age story of a dragonfly as it []


PTUA welcomes government intervention to save The Overland "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed the announcement that the Victorian government will provide additional funding to assist the Overland passenger train to continue running between Melbourne and Adelaide and has renewed calls for the government to support reinstatement of regular passenger trains to Horsham.

The Overland has been supported by the South Australian and Victorian governments for many years; its future was jeopardised when the South Australian government recently announced it would cut its portion of the funding. Todays announcement represents an increase in funding from the Victorian government, with the remainder of the shortfall coming from Great Southern Rail, who operate the Overland.

The Overland runs twice weekly in each direction, and stops at North Shore (Geelong), Ararat, Stawell, Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill in western Victoria; it is the only passenger rail service that travels west of Ararat, and is therefore a very important link for those communities. The Overland also serves Bordertown and Murray Bridge in South Australia.

PTUA Ballarat Branch convener Ben Lever praised the Victorian government for working with Great Southern Rail to ensure that the Overland can continue to run in 2019.

The Overland is the only passenger train that runs west of Ararat, and it serves as a vital link for people who live in places like Stawell, Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill. Not only does it connect these towns to Melbourne and Adelaide, it connects them to each other and to Bordertown and Murray Bridge in South Australia.

Many people in these communities cannot drive, and some struggle to use high-floor coaches its vital to maintain the rail link, and we are delighted to see the Victorian government step up to preserve this service.

While welcoming the news that the Overland will continue to run, Mr Lever noted that places like Stawell and Horsham needed a higher level of service than the Overland currently provides.

While its great that the Overland will still run, there is still a real need to provide regular rail services to Horsham in the very near future. The Overland provides a lifeline service to these communities, but years and years of cuts mean it only runs twice a week, and has a reputation for slow speeds and poor punctuality so its not an attractive option for most trips.

Great Southern Rail have committed to a full review of the Overland service, to determine its future beyond 2019. Mr Lever encouraged the Victorian government to take the opportunity to take a holistic view of rail transport...


Former MG chief Gary Helou to pay $200,000 penalty "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Federal Court has ordered former Murray Goulburn Co-operative managing director Gary Helou to pay $200,000 in penalties for being knowingly concerned in Murray Goulburns false or misleading claims about the farmgate milk price it expected to pay dairy farmers during the 2015-16 milk season.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chair Mick Keogh said, The penalty imposed against Mr Helou reflects his seniority at Murray Goulburn and involvement in misleading representations about the farmgate milk price.

Murray Goulburn admitted to making false or misleading representations in breach of the Australian Consumer Law when it represented to farmers in Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales on February 29, 2016, and subsequently until April 27, 2016, that it could maintain its opening milk price of $5.60/kg of milk solids.

South Gippslanders reacted to the penalty on The Stars Facebook page, with Darren McInnes writing, Disgraceful for a man who ruined the Devondale brand and Darren Eastwood saying, Petty cash for him.

Mr Helou has admitted he was involved in the misleading representations made by Murray Goulburn. This included not informing farmers of risks known to Murray Goulburn and making unfounded assumptions that Murray Goulburn could achieve its milk powder sachet sales targets.

Murray Goulburns misrepresentations meant farmers were not informed of the likelihood the final milk price would fall below the opening price. This was important information for farmers as it would have influenced the business decisions each farmer made, Mr Keogh said.

Farmers were denied the opportunity to plan for the impact of the reduced milk price on their businesses between February and April 2016, including implementing measures to reduce their exposure to a decrease in the milk price or shopping their milk around to other dairy processors.

The ACCC did not seek a penalty against Murray Goulburn because as it was a co-operative, any penalty imposed against it could end up being paid by the very farmers that were misled.

We were conscious not to seek penalty orders that would adversely affect farmers for the wrongs committed by Murray Goulburn, so we focused on obtaining appropriate orders against the individuals involved in the conduct, Mr Keogh added.

As part of the resolution of the proceedings, Mr Helou has undertaken to the court that he will not be involved in the dairy industry for three years.

In August 2018, the ACCC resolved its proceedings against Murray Goulburns former chief financial officer, Bradley Hingle, after he consented to an order that he pay a contribution to the ACCCs costs and gave an undertaking to the court that he wouldnt be involved in the dairy i...


Leongatha turns on Christmas spirit "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

By Trudy Murphy


OH, what a night!

Saturday nights Carols in the Drome in Leongatha was a carols to remember with amazing performances from local bands, Leongatha Childrens Centre, local schools, Lisa Pellin Dancers, Combined Church Choir, South Gippsland Brass Band and drummers, Ashley Geary, Jackson Patterson, Adrian Darakai, Kiarna Smith, Britt Lewis, Kerryn Lockhart, Jen Holm and Jessica Stein, who delighted the crowd with her warm and friendly compering of the night.

The morning began with the decision to go ahead with the hope reports of wet weather were wrong. That paid off with a little help from above!

The attendance was fantastic with more than 1000 people and the new location near the LDNA netball courts was a hit with everyone. The close proximity of amenities and the roads made moving around the site easy.

New carols committee member Claire Williams passion for the community and enthusiasm lifted the quality of the childrens activities with go-karts, jumping castles and mini golf, all free for children to enjoy.

The carols stall with glow gear, popcorn, ice cones and fairy floss was busy all night, with all profits going towards next years carols.

This event wouldnt be possible without the wonderful support and help from community members and businesses.

The committee wishes to thank volunteers who helped on the night, Leongatha Mens Shed, SES, stage manager Matt Saario and Neil Warren.

Sponsors were South Gippsland Shire Council, Chairo Christian School, Ezyas Car Wash, St Peters Church, The Star newspaper, Aldi, Michaels IGA, Woolworths, Freeza, Leongatha Business Association, Country Cart, Ryans Trucks, SAFE Scaffolding, Leongatha Lions and Lyric Theatre.

Thanks to 1000-plus people who joined us for our community carols. It was a wonderful atmosphere and its really special seeing everyone having a great time enjoying the talents and expertise of our local people, the committees Trudy Murphy said.


Young talent: Tegan Denbrok (front) and Meg Richards of South Gippsland Brass Band performed admirably at Carols in the Drome at Leongatha on Saturday. They are with Doug Appleton, Brian Foster, Masina Ahokava and Ralph Christensen. Photo: Trudy Murphy.



Concert impresses "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

STUDENTS at St Josephs Primary School, Wonthaggi, wowed their friends and family with their annual Christmas concert on Thursday, December 6.

The Christmas concert was based on John Burlands Christmas Star.

Christmas Star is a collection of songs and narration that retells the events leading up to and including the birth of Jesus Christ.

The concert was performed by the whole school with each student given the opportunity to play a role.

They performed a matinee to warm up, which was followed by a night performance on the same evening.

The students have worked hard to prepare for the concert since the start of term four.


Very sweet: Grade 1/2 students Mia, Isla, Ava and Izzy were dressed as angels for St Josephs Primary Schools Christmas concert in Wonthaggi.


Santa spreads joy to the world "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IF ever there was a more important job than spreading joy to children the world over, Santa Claus is yet to have discovered it.

Mr Claus hails from the Nordic, snowy regions of the North Pole. Each year on Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day, he delivers toys, with the help of his faithful team of reindeer and elves, to millions of children the world over, filling empty stockings hung in homes.

It is by no measure a mean feat to reward the worlds children with festive season gifts; and to that end, he concedes the busy delivery schedule requires a team effort from all involved.

It might sound obvious, but steering reindeer can be a little tricky at times, especially in snowy conditions. Thats why I love visiting Australian children during their summer Christmas without snow, I get to deliver far more goodies for the Aussie boys and girls, Mr Claus said.

Times have changed a little and I admit that our sleigh could do with a few upgrades to its navigational and compass equipment to aid flying around the world at top speed. Sometimes Dancer gets a little antsy in cool conditions.

But I have to say my wife Mrs Claus makes everything possible. Without her reindeer care, toy preparation and not to mention cookie production with my trusty team of elves, none of this would be possible. Its truly a team effort.

We would all like to extend our warmest wishes of appreciation to all our reindeer Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. To all our elves that make toys at our North Pole factory and care for our reindeer, we thank you too.

Mr Claus always gives his time to all, and The Star notes that of all the people he waved to during our interview, each and every person reciprocated the joy.

Is there anything about Santa Claus you didnt know? Perhaps its his red pyjamas worn to bed and when he gets up in the morning, he awakens to Jingle Bells.

He also credits his energy levels to a daily hot chocolate with a sprinkling of elf dust.

All in all, he reiterates that Mrs Claus always keeps him on his toes, though his knees have received a good work out throughout the years.

It must be all the well behaved children contributing to that.


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The Old Sage and the Fire Within "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

In the forest of Qian, a sprinkle of snow announced the early winter. Ambling through his domain and picking herbs the old sage encountered three young men from the nearby []


In a hole in the ground there lived a "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

These opening words of Tolkiens The Hobbit could equally apply to the little Spotted Pardalote that arose apparently out of nowhere from the grass in front of us while we were trying to photograph a White-winged Triller for a previous post on this blog.   In fact the pardalote emerged from the insignificant hole in []


When, if ever, is it okay for a Buddhist to euthanize a pet? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Question: Im aware of the Buddhist exhortation not to kill, but my cats health is declining and theres no doubt his pain can only be managed for so long. When, if ever, is it okay to put your pet down, and how do you work with it when the time comes?   Answer: These days, ... Read more...

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Sunday, 09 December


SALON Dec 2018/JAN2019 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Gabriella MANGANO and Silvana MANGANO, There is no there (still)  2015, single-channel High Definition digital video; 16:9, black and white, sound, 10 minutes 27 seconds; edition 2 of 3. Geelong Gallery. Purchased with funds generously provided by Geelong Contemporary, 2018. Reproduced courtesy of the artists and Anna Schwartz Gallery. Geelong Gallery, Little Mallop Street, Geelong (VIC), 8 December 2018 to 10 February 2019 Winner of the Koorie Heritage Trust Highly Commended Award, GOTAFE Shepparton, Aunty Girl 2018, ceramic, textiles. The Koorie Art Show, Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne (VIC), 8 December 2018 24 February 2019 Andrew NICHOLLS, Porcellini (self-portrait as Tobias Smollett) 2015-2018. Large format photograph, 120 x 150 cm. the artist. WA Now Andrew Nicholls: Hyperkulturemia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth (WA), 15 December 2018 15 April 2019 ...

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Saturday, 08 December


The Often Overlooked "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

In the valley the three snakes to watch out for (according to popular wisdom) are the Red-bellied Black, the Eastern Brown and the Tiger Snake. All three are classed as dangerously venomous and depending on the local environment one of the three will dominate. All are snakes of the Elapid family. That is having hollow []

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Friday, 07 December


Are Gilets Jaunes the new guillotine? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


Between my French origins and the opinions expressed within this little blog, I have taken more than a passing interest in the events happening in France, especially when its fuelled by passionate and restless wwoofers who come from there too! As you will or should know, I believe the real economy runs on energy, not money, and surplus energy in particular as a result, I have been following Tim Morgans Surplus Energy Economics blog for a while, which I would encourage you all to follow too. This is Tims latest gem, which proves that when you do the math.  the truth comes out!


This weekend, the authorities plan to field 89,000 police officers across France in response to anticipated further mass protests by the gilets jaunes. In the capital, the Eiffel Tower will be closed and armoured cars deployed, whilst restaurateurs and shopkeepers are being urged to close their businesses at one of the most important times of their trading year.

Though the government has climbed down on the original cause clbre  the rises in fuel taxes planned for next year there seems to be no reduction in the worst protests experienced in the country since the 1960s. Reports suggest that as many as 70% of French citizens support the protestors, and that the movement may be spreading to Belgium and the Netherlands.

For the outside observer, the most striking features of the protests in France have been the anger clearly on display, and the rapid broadening of the campaign from fuel prices to a wider range of issues including wages, the cost of living and taxation.

The disturbances in France should be seen in a larger context. In France itself, Emmanuel Macron was elected president only after voters had repudiated all established political parties. Italians have entrusted their government to an insurgent coalition which is on a clear collision-course with the European Union over budgetary matters. The British have voted to leave the EU, and Americans have elected to the White House a man dismissed by experts as a joke candidate throughout his campaign.

Obviously, something very important is going on why?

Does economics explain popular anger?

There are, essentially, two different ways in which the events in France and beyond can be interpreted, and how you look at them depends a great deal on how you see the economic situation.

If you subscribe to the conventional and consensus interpretation, economic issu...


Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis Refugee supporters will rally on Human Rights Day, 6.30pm December 10 in the Bourke St Mall, calling to end offshore processing and bring the refugees here. The rally will also call on MPs to back the Phelps refugee bill when federal(...)

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Thursday, 06 December


William Cooper Indigenous Scholarships Launched "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

On the 80th anniversary of William Coopers historic protest about Nazi Germanys treatment of Jews, Monash University in partnership with John and Pauline Gandel has launched the William Cooper Indigenous Scholarship Program.   Indigenous elder, Yorta Yorta man and human rights activist William Cooper famously led a protest and attempted to hand a petition to ... Read more...


William Cooper set the pace for social justice "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Economists have GDPs. Workers have KPIs. Athletes have PBs. But what about social justice activists? Could there be a Social Justice Measure (SJM) for how much a person cares about justice?   If such a calculation was possible, I wonder if the unit of measurement might be the kilometre, and the measure might be something ... Read more...

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Tuesday, 04 December


Whistler v. Triller "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

  In a revegetated gully at the back of our place there is a wealth of bird chatter at present. But the songs of two birds in particular dominate for much of the day, and it sounds like a battle to see which can impress the most. They are the Rufous Whistler and White-winged Triller. []



There are now almost daily suicide attempts among refugees on Manus Island, and no medical facilities to cope with the crisis.   The small Pacific International Hospital (PIH) at the East Lorengau compound has only one room to treat emergency patients, so there is no place to care for in-patients, so they are returned unsupervised(...)


#SaveHakeem Urgent Action Call: STOP deportation to Bahrain of Australian refugee Hakeem Al Araibi in Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Hakeem Al-Araibi has been recognised as a refugee and granted permanent protection by the Australian government. Last week, while he was in Thailand, he was taken by the Thai authorities to an immigration detention centre and told he will not be sent back to Australia.

The Thai authorities informed him that due to an Interpol red notice, he would be deported to Bahrain instead.  Today there are reports in the media that the Interpol red notice has been lifted, yet there is no clear sign of guaranteed safety and protection for Hakeem Al-Araibi by Australian and Thai state authorities or International authorities in the UN or ICRC with a  protection mandate.

Im a refugee in Australia, Im scared of the Bahraini government They will kill me. I dont know whats going to happen there. My life will end if I go to Bahrain. Hakeem Al Araibi who has been detained in Thailand.   

This is a critical case as it sets a further precedent of abuse and torture across the world, and makes us refugees more insecure about travelling outside Australia.  It violates our right to freedom of movement, life, safety and protection. RISE has emailed UNHCR Thailand, UN-CAT, The Asia Pacific refugee rights network and our team has contacted UNHCR in Thailand by phone.

We urgently request our supporters to contact Thai and Australian authorities and International agencies listed below and ask them to intervene and stop the deportation of Hakeem Al-Araibi to danger and provide him with proper support and safeguards for safe travel back to Australia.

1. Contact Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne
Electorate office: (02) 9687 8755
Foreign Affairs:

2. Australian Ambassador to Thailand. Paul Stephens 
Phone : 02 344 6300 (Thailand) or 1300 555 135 (Aus)

*[Also contact your local Australian embassies]

3. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) head office in Canberra
Contact numbers
Switchboard: +61 2 6261 1111
Fax: +61 2 6261 3111

4. UNHCR Australia
Phone: 1300 361 288 (within Australia)
+61 (0)2 9262 5377 (overseas).

5. OHCHR | Convention against Torture

6. UNHCR Thailand
Phone : +66 2288 2180
Email :
Facsimile: +66 2280 0555

We should stop refugees from being deported to any country where they are likely to face harm and persecution.



Forgiveness and Acceptance "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A Stuart Wilde article: Some people dont need redemption, they believe they are perfect. The rest of us need as much redemption and forgiveness...

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Saturday, 01 December


Walking Together: Remembering William Cooper "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The William Cooper Legacy Project together with the Jewish Community Council of Victoria invite you to their Remembrance Walk at Flagstaff Gardens on evening of 6 December 2018. This will be followed by a smoking ceremony and Chanukiah lighting at Peppercorn Park, Alexandra Gardens.   Remembering William Cooper Recommitting To His Legacy! As members ... Read more...


Metta for Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Zen priest Lin Shutt teaches a short meditation to foster compassion for beings in search of refuge.   Many people think Buddhism is about getting rid of desire. Really, our main focus is on promoting non-harming in the world. We look at how we can alleviate suffering. Given the social climate of the world today, ... Read more...

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Friday, 30 November


The Box The Young and the Restless "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

After the 09 fires a grove of Yellow Box saplings started growing on our property. Being a mecca for young invertebrates and therefore birds and other creatures I began monitoring the fauna that lived there. Now the saplings are trees and hard to access. So recently I found three Grey Boxes (Eucalyptus microcarpus) that have []


RISE University and Health Service Divestment Call "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A Breakdown of the health and education institutions currently financially tied to security companies complicit in ongoing detention torture. There have been countless reports and inquiries regarding the deaths, torture and sexual abuse faced by refugees who have been incarcerated within Australias mandatory detention centres. These detention centres are allowed to exist with impunity because they are directly orchestrated by the Australian government for profit.

RISE encourages employees, students and clients of these institutions as well as general supporters to use the contact points linked below, maintain a physical presence at these establishments and demand they divest from the detention industry immediately and sever ties with these security companies.



Over the years, Ive written a fair bit about debt and how the only way out is a Jubilee. well, Michael Hudson, someone whose podcasts I now listen to religiously, has written a whole book about this subject. Heres a review of the book I must buy myself

A Review of Michael Hudsons new book
. and Forgive Them Their Debts

As published on Naked Capitalism

by John Siman

To say that Michael Hudsons new book And Forgive Them Their Debts: Lending, Foreclosure, and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year (ISLET 2018) is profound is an understatement on the order of saying that the Mariana Trench is deep. To grasp his central argument is so alien to our modern way of thinking about civilization and barbarism that Hudson quite matter-of-factly agreed with me that the book is, to the extent that it will be understood, earth-shattering in both intent and effect. Over the past three decades, gleaned (under the auspices of H


arvards Peabody Museum) and then synthesized the scholarship of American and British and French and German and Soviet assyr...


The shape of things to come..? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Consciousness of Sheep keeps coming up with magnificent articles, like this one..  

I know I keep saying this too, but the Matrix cant continue lurching about for too much longer.


Despite a series of stock market scares, see-sawing oil prices and central banks jacking up interest rates, it seems likely that we are going to get through 2018 without experiencing the economic crash that many expected at the start of the year.  But while we may breathe a sigh of relief to have got to the festive season without a complete meltdown, the odds of another crash are still high.

Understanding what might go wrong is a particular problem according to Helen Thompson at the New Statesman.  Not least because 10 years on, we still cannot agree on what caused the last one:

In July 2008 the then president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet, declared while announcing an increase in interest rates that the Eurozones fundamentals were sound. In fact, a recession had begun in the first quarter of that year.

The causes of recessions are also sometimes wrongly diagnosed even in retrospect. For instance, the impact of exceptionally high oil prices and the response of central banks to those prices are still routinely ignored as causes of the US and European recessions in the aftermath of the 2008 crash.

Thompsons article sets out a range of weaknesses across the global economy where a new economic meltdown could begin.  China, the (albeit anaemic) growth engine of the global economy for the last decade, has developed debt problems not dissimilar to those in the west in 2008:

Economic growth in China has been slowing since the second half of 2017, and even the growth of the first half of that year was an interruption of a downward slope that began in 2013. Predictions of a Chinese financial crisis, owing to the countrys huge accumulation of debt since 2008, are made too readily. But China is now caught between a policy shift towards deleveraging to try to avoid such a debt-induced financial crisis, and another debt-financed push for higher growth amid an economic slowdown and a fierce trade war with the US. The Chinese government is struggling under these conflicting imperatives as the countrys dollar reserves fall....



dr_susan_krumdieckAn interesting narrative by Susan Krumdieck.

Lets explore a thought puzzle: Can you change the future?

You are transported onto the deck of the RMS Titanic, the largest ship ever built and designed to be unsinkable. It is midnight 13 April 1912. There are 2,224 people on the ship, which is under full steam on the fastest ever crossing of the Atlantic. You know what will happen, what will you do?



You know that at 11:39pm on 14 April the lookout will spot an iceberg, and by 2:20am the ship and 1,517 people will be gone. Can you change the future?

You know that at 11:39pm on 14 April the lookout will spot an iceberg, and by 2:20am the ship and 1,517 people will be gone. The ship was launched with lifeboats for less than half the number of people on board. You could take a self-sufficiency strategy and make sure you are near a lifeboat, but you know they will be allocated according to class and you might not get a spot.

Clearly, the best solution is to slow down, change course and not hit the iceberg. You know that t...

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Thursday, 29 November


Labor stabs Greens and shoots itself in foot "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

RESULTS in the Victorian election last weekend will go a long way to guaranteeing that Liberal-turned-independent Julia Banks will retain Chisholm at the next Federal election, if she decides to stand.

How is that, one might ask. Chisholm will fall to Labor on a 3.4 per cent swing and Labor got a 6 per cent swing in the state election.

Well, it is all to do with Victorias Upper House, the Legislative Council, and the dirty deed Labor did on the Greens.

The Legislative Council has eight electorates of five members each. The election is run on the same basis as the Federal Senate before the 2016 changes. Voters voting above the line just put a 1 in one box and their preferences are determined by a pre-registered ticket by that party.

You cannot express preferences for different parties above the line, as you now can in a Federal Senate election.

So the parties, major and micro, do deals to swap preferences, usually irrespective of political philosophy.

The quota to get a seat after preferences are counted is 16.6 per cent.

Now preferences are counted from both ends in this sort of election. Preferences from excluded parties are counted but so are the preferences of the leftover vote of the major parties. For example, in one electorate Labor got 37.5 per cent of the primary vote and had 4.3 per cent leftover after using two lots of 16.6 per cent of get its first two candidates elected.

But who did Labor preference? A whole lot of micro parties and others before the Greens. The Coalition did the same thing, but that is understandable on policy grounds.

As the count progressed and micro party candidates got eliminated all their preferences went to other surviving micro parties. Eventually, the last micro party left unexcluded took the last seat in all eight electorates.

In one electorate the Transport Matters Party won with just 0.6 per cent of the primary vote.

In three other electorates micro party candidates won with less than 2 per cent; three with less 5 and one with 7.

In all eight electorates the Greens had the third-highest vote behind Labor and the Coalition yet got just one seat losing four of its existing seats because of these diabolically undemocratic preference deals.

The Greens only seat was in the electorate where they polled 15.8 per cent of the vote, so close to a quota they hardly needed any preferences at all.

The Greens will not forge...


Ukestras: Sustainable Community Musicianship in the Third Place "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Mark Jackson knew he was doing something right when a member from one of his nine Ukestras informed him that she was too busy seeing friends to come and play.

My number one ticket holder said, Sorry I cant come to Uke today, Im playing cards with my new friends, you dont know what youve done with the ukulele, its been fantastic.

Helping people to make music, building community and sustainability are three significant keystones in the lives and business model of Mark and his partner, Jane Jelbart.  The pair work together as The Sum of Parts, teaching Ukulele, running participatory groups, holding Ukestras and developing and encouraging sustainable leadership using their very own, finely honed Ukestra Method1.

They do this so well that for the past nine years it has been their primary source of income and they have now written two books packed with insights about their work: The Ukestration Manual, about creating music making communities with the Ukulele and the Ukestra Method, and The Business of being a Community Musician for people who want to make a living or run a small business as a community musician.

A chief value underpinning what they do is the conviction that being active in our community is good for us and that a decline in the uptake and participation in socially focussed, group-activities such as sport, church or clubs is mirrored by a decline in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the people within the community.

Community is really good for us and I think Its really good for the planet as well if were together. Its almost like making music together was the first way that we came together, and which wasnt about fighting or reproducing.

Once you get a community music group up and running, theres the question of how to sustain it and offer support and mentorship to emerging new leaders.

Being such an accessible and appealing little instrument, new people are drawn into the sphere of the ukulele all the time, which is fortunate when sustainability is so integral to making a living as a community musician.  Youve got to constantly be introducing people into this environment and thats whats so fantastic about the ukulele. Its an instrument that you can play really complex things on, but you dont have to says Mark.

What you need is a system of teaching and leadership that is effective and sustainable. If we just relied on the people we started out working with nine years ago, we wouldnt have a business, we wouldnt be connecting people up. If it was all stale, then people wo...


South Africa: Interfaith Perspectives on Food Certification "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SOUTH AFRICA: Concerns have been raised, especially from Christians, that buying halaal or kosher foods amounts to funding religions. The concerns have been raised with the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL commission), which hosted a seminar on the subject on Thursday.   Religious leaders ... Read more...


Interesting times ahead.. "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Very few people join all the dots, and as usual, Gail Tverberg does her best to do so here again. There are so many signals on the web now pointing to a major reset its not funny.

Low Oil Prices: An Indication of Major Problems Ahead?

Many people, including most Peak Oilers, expect that oil prices will rise endlessly. They expect rising oil prices because, over time, companies find it necessary to access more difficult-to-extract oil. Accessing such oil tends to be increasingly expensive because it tends to require the use of greater quantities of resources and more advanced technology. This issue is sometimes referred to as diminishing returns. Figure 1 shows how oil prices might be expected to rise, if the higher costs encountered as a result of diminishing returns can be fully recovered from the ultimate customers of this oil.


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Wednesday, 28 November


Midday trains crowded "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Every day between the peaks, some lines are packed because the trains run only every 20 minutes.

Melbourne is growing; to cut waiting times and crowding, we need frequent services all day.

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Judaism: The Story of Hanukkah "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Hanukkah (alternately spelled Chanukah), meaning dedication in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the hanukkiyah, ... Read more...


The Monthly Discussion in December Bust and Beyond "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

  The Monthly Discussion in December Bust and Beyond   What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, December 5th Time: 6pm Cost: Free Is the property market in meltdown? In the blue corner sits plunging auction clearance rates (sub 40% in Melbourne last weekend), tighter lending conditions, and national land prices down 5% year-on-year []

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Monday, 26 November


The Man Who Exuded Love "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

On my first visit to Ireland I met a man whose endowed purpose was to Exude Love amongst other things such as drink beer, smoke weed and generally be a nuisance....


The diff is in the quiff "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Cockatoos are distinguished from other parrots by having a crest on the top of the head that can be raised, usually when landing or when excited. In some birds, like the Galah, the crest is barely noticeable and in others like the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo it is the distinguishing feature. Cockatoos also lack the feathers with []


Madge Digest #153 November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

1) Films about food and why the food movement is unstoppable.

2) GMO potato is dangerous and should be withdrawn, says the scientist who created it.

3) Australia postpones deregulating new GM and why is the US military creating extinction technologies?

4) The Monsanto Files: Roundup - is it in your hair? and how to get it out of your Council.  

5) Thank you and goodbye.

1) Films about food and why the food movement is unstoppable!


Contact Labor MPs Bill in Parliament to get all children and families off Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Bill in Parliament to get all children and families off Nauru: Contact Labor MPs    


With notably rare exceptions[1] "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

One of the arguments being pushed by those on the political right seeking to downplay the Victorian election outcome is that Australian state governments generally get a second term. A look over the period since 1990, however, brings up  several exceptions to that rule. Heres my list:

Borbidge (Queensland), Baillieu-Napthine (Victoria), Newman (Queensland),Mills-Giles (NT)

For the second-term argument to work in downplaying the result, more is needed. It has to be the case that, having won a second term, governments mostly fail to get a third.  Heres a list [1] of instances where two-term governments have been defeated.

Groom-Rundle (Tasmania), Greiner-Fahey (NSW), Kennett (Victoria), Carnell-Humphries (ACT), Court, Gallop-Carpenter, Barnett (WA), Martin-Henderson (NT)

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that all of the exceptions in the first list were conservatives, while only two of the confirming instances in the second list were Labor.

With a limited data set, its easy to support a wide range of conclusions. Still if conservative commentators want to use historical patterns to argue that, having easily won a second term, Daniel Andrews is on track to lose next time, I think theyre dreaming.


fn1.  This is a moderately famous Internet meme, coined by Alan Greenspan

fn2. One might arguably add the Goss government in Queensland, which won the 1995 election, but lost office after a by-election required by the Court of Disputed Returns.




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Sunday, 25 November


A state election outcome with global implications ? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

After any state election with a decisive outcome, partisan analysis shows a predictable pattern. On the losing side, the state party blames its federal counterpart, while the feds say that the election was decided on state issues. On the winning side, there is generally enough credit to go around, with the state party basking in success, while the federal party (particularly if it is in opposition) points to the outcome as a message to Canberra.

The recent Victorian election is, I think, rather different. Thats because, on the conservative side at least, the usual state-based issues (health, education, roads) were disregarded in favour of a culture war campaign almost identical to that being run by the Morrison government at the national level and by the political right globally. Notable examples were an overtly racist law and order campaign, a revival of the drug war, and proposals for publicly funded coal-fired power stations aimed at appealing to climate science denialists. Guys slogan get back in control could just as well have been used by Donald Trump, or by the rightwing advocates of Brexit.

The stunning rejection of Guys campaign gives some hope that Australian voters will not fall for this. In part, thats because Labor ran on its traditional strength at the state level. But the outcome was very similar to Morrisons drubbing in the Wentworth by-election, where the state level advantage didnt apply.

Its only one election, but its one of a number, notably including the recent US midterms, where the supposed irresistible force of rightwing identity politics has proved to be not so irresistible after all. Its too early to start cheering, but it now looks possible that, in a few years time, the whole rightwing upsurge will prove to have been the final spasm of the losing side in the culture wars. The question then will be how to build a better world from the mess we will inherit.


Labor as the natural party of (state) government "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

I was going to write a post saying that the resounding victory of the Andrews government in Victoria reflected the fact that Labor is the natural party of government at the state level in Australia. A quick check revealed that Id already written pretty much the same thing in 2002 (over the fold). Ill add some updates and qualifications in comments.

Australian Financial Review, 5 December 2002

The latest Labor landslide at the weekend reinforces the great paradox of Australian politics. Labor is in office, and looking comfortable in all the States and Territories, but seems doomed to endless Opposition at the Federal level.

It could be argued that this is just a random fluctuation. After all, something very close to the opposite configuration occurred during the last year of the Keating government.

Then there is the general tendency of Australians to distrust overly powerful governments, reflected in the strength of minor parties in the Senate. A Liberal government at the federal level is therefore good for Labor at the state level, and vice versa.

There is something in this, but not enough. Labor now appears to be the natural party of government in all the states, with the exception of the Northern Territory and perhaps WA, and even there, the old mould of non-Labor dominance has been broken.

In the past fifteen to twenty years, Labor has rarely lost a state election, except when it has displayed high levels of incompetence, arrogance or both. Even in the wake of fiascos like the Victorian and South Australian bank failures, the Liberals have struggled to gain a second term, and have never managed a third. By contrast, all the Labor governments on the eastern seaboard have won re-election by landslide margins, and all look set for extended periods in office.

At the Federal level, John Howards current dominance of the political stage has led many observers to overlook the fragility of his hold on power. The government scraped back in 1998 with a minority of the two-party preferred vote, and appeared doomed to defeat early in 2001. Only the combination of international crisis, astute demagoguery and a hopelessly lame opposition strategy saved them, and even then the win was far from crushing. As recently as August, the government trailed Labor (on a two-party basis) in opinion polls.

In an election fought solely on domestic issues, the government would probably lose, despite relatively good economic performance and the absence of an inspiring alternative. Since state elections are always fought on domestic issues, Labor has a huge headstart at the state level. Its only potential weak point is law and order, but the current crop of Labor leaders have proved entirely capable of neutralisi...

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Saturday, 24 November


Heavy Oil Shock "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

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As the French government increases taxes on petrol and diesel to encourage people to switch to cleaner transport, as if they can afford to just dump the cars they now own to buy something really expensive..  this is what collapse looks like, no doubt about it. And its spreading to Belgium



Victoria 2018 election night open thread "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

9:52pm Im going to close down this brief liveblog, but I will be back in the morning with further analysis, including a focus on the Legislative Council.

9:51pm Lets revisit the Greens races. Lidia Thorpe in Northcote has fallen further behind, trailing by 1100 votes. The ABC is projecting that the Greens Tim Read is leading in Brunswick, but either way it looks very close.

The Greens have widened their gap on the Liberals in Prahran. It is worth noting, though, that the 2PP count is between Liberal and Green, not Labor and Green. Presumably Liberal preferences will favour Labor, which could see Labor win there.

9:47pm  There are currently four rural seats where independents are in play, in addition to Shepparton where Susanna Sheed has been re-elected.

In Benambra, Jacqui Hawkins is on 30.5% of the primary vote, behind sitting Liberal MP Bill Tilley but well ahead of Labor, who are on 18%. Tilley is on less than 38%. We have no Liberal vs Independent 2CP count, but if Hawkins gains every Labor and Greens preference she will make a majority and thats ignoring another 9.5% of the vote with other candidates. Its worth noting that Benambra overlaps with the federal seat of Indi, held by independent MP Cathy McGowan.

Labors Mark Richards has a big primary vote lead in Morwell. Hes on 36.7%, followed by sitting independent Russell Northe on 18%, and a further 22% between the Liberal and National candidates. We dont have a Labor vs Independent preference count, but it seems clear that the Nationals wont regain t his seat.

Independent Ali Cupper is on 32% in Mildura, which puts her in second place. The ABC is currently estimating a narrow win for her, but its not clear if this is based on real preference data.

Independent candidate Tammy Atkins is on 20% in the Nationals seat of Ovens Valley. This is just behind Labors Kate Doyle on 20.4%, with sitting MP Tim McCurdy leading on 44.3%. Atkins would need to overtake Labor either on primary votes or thanks to minor candidate preferences. Its hard to see her winning but she has a chance.

9:38pm Following on my previous point, this map shows (in the underlying colours) the results of the 2002 state election, when Labor won 62 seats.

You can see that they held on to a core of inner south-east Melbourne. The green overlay shows seats which Labor is currently on track to gain off the Liberals.

9:05pm  Lets discuss what is happening in the Liberal heartland of Melbourne.

The last Labor landslide was in 2002, when a precarious first-ter...



The Red Wednesday observance this Wednesday night 28 November at 7:30pm in the Forecourt of St Patricks Cathedral is an important occasion to show interfaith solidarity for people of all faiths globally who experience persecution *because* of their faith.   Next Wednesday (28th November 2018), Aid to the Church in Need ... Read more...


Buddhist Meditation, December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. The Buddhist Association of the Goulburn Valley invite you to a free Buddhist Meditation at the Senior Citizens Centre, Shepparton, on Saturday, 1 December 2018.   Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we ... Read more...

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Friday, 23 November


Peak Oil & Drastic Oil Shortages Imminent: IEA "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

While the IEA got a lot of coverage for its World Energy Outlook 2018 (WEO 18), there might be a little snippet that got way underappreciated. (from Cleantechnica)

On page 159 of its Outlook, accessible only behind a payment barrier, the following graph can be found:


It is clear to see that Peak Oil will be hit well before 2020, while demand keeps on rising, unless the worlds Oil Majors and State Owned Oil Companies would massively invest in new exploration, according to the IEA.

However, the Oil Majors did already heavily spend on new oil exploration in the years after 2000, where a fossil fuel hype with an accompanying coal boom lead up to an oil price of over $150 in 2008. While this oil price proved unsustainable for a crashing world economy, this oil exploration boom lead to very little new findings in the big scheme of things:



RISE eX-detainees objections to Colour Code & Democracy in Colours Victorian Election Scorecards 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Yet again, Refugee eX-detainees are thrown under the bus by so-called progressive political campaigners during the Victorian State election According to the election scorecard formulated by Colour Code, an outfit that is run under the umbrella of GetUp and claims to independently represent people of colour, the Australian Labor state government and the Greens are given a positive score for Commitment to multiculturalism, equality and inclusionand saying no to attacks to communities because of race, religion or language.

Here are questions we have for GetUp and Colour Code on the above points in their Victorian state election score-card:

  1. How does this match with racial profiling and abuse of our people by Victoria Police under Daniel Andrews Labor government?
  2. How does this match with the Andrews State Labor government, maintaining an MOU with Victoria Police and Peter Duttons Australian Border Force. The Australian Border Force is a paramilitary wing of the Department of Immigration, originally formed by the current Australian Prime Minister and member for Cronulla, Scott Morrison. What have the Greens or Labor done to cancel this MOU?
  3.  Are you giving the Australian Labor Party a positive score on these points for starting mandatory detention, resulting in death, torture and rape of detainees and ex-detainees or giving Greens and the Australian Labor Party a positive score for supporting mandatory detention?
  4. Are you saying that the Australian Labor Parties support for the policy of pushing refugees arriving by boat back into the ocean is not an attack on communities because of race, religion or language and proves a Commitment to multiculturalism, equality and inclusion?

We would also like to note that a similar organisation called Democracy in Colour has given the Australian Labor Party and the Greens in Victoria a positive tick for...

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Thursday, 22 November


TaKeTiNa: as easy as one, two, three? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

By Bridget Roberts with Sarah Berry

Each year CMVic budgets for a day when all the workers, paid and unpaid, are invited to get together and do something as a team. This year we gathered at the Body Voice Centre in Footscray and had an introduction to TaKeTiNa. Ever heard of it? I hadnt. TaKeTiNa (the name translates as 1-2-3-4)  is a worldwide practice of teaching rhythm and learning from the teaching of rhythm that draws on multiple traditions: it appears simple, but it is both mentally and physically challenging. It is also a lot of fun!

Okay, so we sat in a circle and learned a basic body and voice rhythm. Were all musicians of one stripe or another, I thought, so what will this add to what, for us, is business as usual relaxing into a groove, listening to each other, treating variations kindly, and so on?

Then the leader (Tania Bosak) made things harder and harder, so that we made mistakes, sometimes having to drop out and recover before joining back in. At times we were all gently taken back to a basic groove for a while, before heading off on another challenge. This went on for two and a half hours, with short rests and one short reflective conversation. Looking back at the morning over a shared lunch, the group talked about the experience of confusion or frustration arising from the desire to get it right on the one hand, through to letting go and a sense of flow on the other; of being able to return to our centre when confused; of sometimes finding more space in the mind.

It was important to be challenged and sometimes to fail in this safe space. Without the right level of challenge there couldnt be that sense of delight in finding the flow.

There were lessons too about the distinct processes of learning and performing. For instance, even a business as usual step-clap and call-and-response sequence hides many levels of complexity; levels that can be broken down into the smallest learning blocks and held up for examination and experimentation. At the same time, while we work in a circle becoming the audience for one another we are confronted with our own changing levels of self-awareness and group-awareness. For instance, of trouble-spots, of how we judge these moments, and of how we can persist through these moments and re-join the flow.

As leaders, in music or elsewhere, it was good to be reminded of how our group members feel when we lead them into new experiences. How they need us to challenge them but also walk alongside them with good humour. And how its okay to give participants permission to step out of the practice if theyre overwhelmed, and to shake it all out before coming back in.



Guru Nanak Gurpurab 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanaks Prakash Utsav, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism, or Sikhi. The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs ... Read more...


Give generously this Nov/Dec volunteer! "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


Mon 26 Nov Sat 1 Dec 

10am 4pm 

2 volunteers required for 3hrs per shift to sit out front John Anderson Amcal Pharmacy (Wyndham Street) to hand out FREE red ribbons, lapel pins, magnets, notepads, enviro bags and more to raise awareness around HIV/AIDS this years national and international campaigns are know your status and HIV still matters. Please contact Damien on 0418 511 562 to register your interest. More info on Facebook.


Wed 12 Dec

10am 5pm

4 volunteers required for 3.5hrs per shift to cook sausages/onions, serve food to customers (note: onions must be under the sausage, haha), handle cash, adhere to food safety practices, sell soft-drinks this will occur on Wednesday 12 Dec at the NEW Bunnings, Benalla Road, Shepparton. Please contact Damien on 0418 511 562 to register your interest. More info on Facebook.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Christmas Charity Gift Wrapping

Sat 15 Mon 24 Dec

10am 4pm

2 volunteers required for 3hrs per shift to sit out front Shop 4 / 224 Maude Street Mall (entrance to Tower Arcade) to gift-wrap Christmas presents for general public wishing to make gold coin donations per gift. Please contact Georgie on 0401 168 229 to register your interest. More info on Facebook.

Unable to give your time? Prefer to donate? Thank you.


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Wednesday, 21 November


Its all white "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The camouflage tactics of the White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis) have been previously documented but it has only been recently that I have seen them in action. Spring blossoms are a mecca for pollinators of all sorts bees, wasps, beetles and for amateur photographers like myself it is a time to get up close []


Musings on motoring "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Its been pouring rain here in the last 24 hours, and the quagmire is making it rather difficult to do much around the place, especially grass cutting, which I have been doing almost non stop for two weeks now. I need a day off, and so Im writing

The trip down in Glendas Little Suzi had me thinking about just how much cars have improved since I was a boy. My first memory of any car in the family was when my father got a job as a rep selling something or other, and his company car was a Renault 4CV. I just cannot imagine anyone today being given anything remotely as small as that as a company car!

4CVI remember my dad raving about how good this car was with petrol and how enthusiastically he used to drive it around, even rolling it on its side once on icy roads in Haute Savoie..  it was so light, he and his companion simply lifted it back on its wheels and drove off, with hardly any damage. No one got hurt either, even though seat belts hadnt even been thought of back in ~1957, let alone air bags..

To cut to the chase, when I was 16, my grandmother bought me one of these cars I was too young to even get a learners permit, but back then you could get away with murder!

It cost the grand sum of $90. I learned to drive in this car, covering untold miles before eventually getting my licence.

My only memories of this little car was just how crude it was. Three speed gearbox, no heater, terrible handli...

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Tuesday, 20 November


We Come From a Place of Great Light "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Stuart Wilde audio snippet from Trance States


Is there anything to fear in Dan Andrews tax plans? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Victoria is two weeks out from an election and finally somebody is talking revenue policy. The Liberals have launched a new website, in ominous shades of red and black, detailing the governments taxation agenda. The website reveals Labors shocking new taxes (9) and their dastardly agenda to increase taxes. While the site is designed to []

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Monday, 19 November


How to Use Photography for Mindfulness and Awakening "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Photography is about a stillness - developing a relationship with the world around us

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Friday, 16 November


Election 2018: our scorecard "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

2014-2018 has seen significant public transport investment under Labor, and they have delivered on their major promises. But as Melbourne continues to grow, and demand for regional travel increases, the challenge ahead is to build a public transport network not only copes with patronage growth, but also provides usable services into areas which currently dont have them.

So how do the parties rank?

1. Greens in some ways the Greens have the least ambitious transport plan. But its full of affordable, commonsense policies. They are the only party to commit to the Metro 2 tunnel, and to frequency upgrades across the train, tram and bus networks essential for making the public transport network vastly more usable in the short term. Accelerating the rollout of low-floor trams and implementing on-road priority, extending metro services to outer suburbs with high capacity signalling are also important initiatives. Their policy of free public transport for students is misguided, but The Greens rightly oppose the major road projects proposed by the other parties, recognising that they will simply generate more traffic.

2. Labor some ambitious plans in starting the huge Suburban Rail Loop project, alongside continuing the successful Level Crossing Removal Program, and extensive upgrades planned elsewhere around the metro and regional rail networks. They lose points for construction of three major tollways/freeways, a lack of progress on bus and tram upgrades, and for lagging on the rollout of more frequent all-day metro train services essential for a big city such as Melbourne.

3. Coalition theyve backed away from what is probably their best policy, of metro trains every 10 minutes all day, leaving commitments to build three major tollways plus other freeways, and the messy grade separation of road intersections. More positive is commitments to extend metro trains to Clyde and Baxter. Their regional high speed rail plan is ambitious, but would only speed up trains moderately, and there are doubts over whether it could really be delivered in the timeframes promised.

For more details, including a summary of minor parties, read the full report (PDF)

Keep watching for updates

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Wednesday, 14 November


Jean Marc Jancovici on Radio Eco Shock "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Ive just listened to his podcast, and its a must listen item  you will not be disappointed!


jean-marc-jancoviciDid you know energy is free, and Peak Oil is not dead? That comes from a French expert in technology, energy, and climate, Jean-Marc Jancovici. Jean-Marc co-founded Carbone 4 consultancy, and The Shift Project. He advises, writes books, and lectures mostly in French, but his ideas resonate with American writers like Richard Heinberg.

We have a special treat for you this week: the world premiere of an English language in-depth radio interview with Jean-Marc JancoviciJean-Marc is well known in Europe and beyond. He is a Professor, an author of several books, the latest being Sleep quiet until 2100, and other misunderstandings about climate and energy (French only, translation pending?). Jancovici is also a member of...

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Tuesday, 13 November


Stories of Growth: car traffic driven by new roads "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Whats worse than when population growth puts strain on our transport systems?

When road traffic grows even faster than population.

But that was the reality in Melbourne for nearly four decades.

No matter how much or how little Melbourne grows, well need to be smarter in future.

Read the study: Stories of Growth Population, Transport and Melbournes Future (November 2018) PDF, 184 Kb


Musings on a wedding, a funeral, and another road trip. "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

About a month ago, I was woken up at the crack of dawn by my mobile phone ringing. this cant be good news I figured. It was my darling wife who informed me I had to be at Hobart airport by mid-day, shed booked me on a flight to Brisbane that was scheduled to leave at 1PM. her mother, she informed me, was probably going to die that day, or some time very soon, and I was needed for moral support, among other things.

Obviously, I staggered out of bed, packed my bags, forced breakfast down, and cleaned up my mess at the building site.

I had originally been booked a week or more later to attend a wedding, and everything was now up in the air literally as I sat in one of those amazing aluminium tubes that can fly you thousands of kilometres in the blink of an eye lid, thanks to those irreplaceable fossil fuels..

It was warm and sunny when I left Tassie, and pouring rain and cold when I arived in Brisbane. I had planned for this, carrying a raincoat on board. My son picked me up in Brisbane and drove me through peak hour traffic to Caloundra where my mother in law Bettywas going to spend her last three days before calmly passing away, unconscious, I think. It was a lot like turning the ignition off a very old and tired motorcar that had simply reached the end of the road..

At 94, darling old Betty, who has been the kindest and most generous mother in law one could have wished...


Ripped Off, Lost Stuff? Its Only Borrowed from the Cosmic Library Anyway "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Free flow. A metaphysical understanding of giving and receiving.

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Friday, 09 November

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Thursday, 08 November


2:30pm Tues Nov 20 | RAC contingent at Teachers Walk off for Nauru & Manus "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

When: 2:30-4:30pm, Tuesday 20th November 2018 Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here On Nov 20 contingents of teachers with the backing of their union will be walking off work for #kidsoffalloff, calling to bring all the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru here. The teachers are encouraging non-teachers(...)



Yesterday, Tuesday 6 November, 32 people on Manus Island received answers to their applications for resettlement in the US. Only nine of the 32 were accepted four Rohingyans, three Afghans, one Tamil, two Pakistanis. The only Iranian in this most recent list was rejected by the US. There were no Somalis, or Sudanese on(...)


T4R MEDIA RELEASE 7/11 | Teachers for Refugees calls on principals to defy department over Walk Off "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Teachers for Refugees is calling on Victorian school principals to defy Department of Education and Training instructions issued today not to authorise absences for the Walk Off for refugee #KidsOffAllOff set for November 20th. The tide of action to close the camps will not be silenced by departmental circulars. Principals must stick to human rights(...)


T4R MEDIA RELEASE 7/11 | Teachers Walk Off for Refugees spreads to Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Teachers are not appeased by government promises to get kids off Nauru by Christmas. Queensland Teachers Union delegates voted unanimously on Saturday to join the Victorian teacher Walk Off protest on November 20th. The Queensland teachers are demanding all the children and their families must be off Nauru by November 20th. Victorian teachers remain committed to the(...)

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Wednesday, 07 November


Peru FTA is first test of Labors new trade policy and should not be ratified says AFTINET "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Media Release 8 November 2018: AFTINET welcomes the Labor Opposition initiative to revisit the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA) because it includes foreign investor rights to sue governments (ISDS) which the Shadow Trade Minister has pledged to oppose in all trade agreements, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

Dr Ranald explained that this pledge arose out of the fierce debate on Labors support for the TPP-11, which contains ISDS and other clauses contrary to Labor policy and which Labor has now pledged to ban in foreshadowed legislation. Labor has initiated this second review of PAFTA by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT), on which the government has a majority and which previously approved the agreement. However the deal has not yet been ratified, and the committee could recommend against ratification.

Dr Ranald is giving evidence at the JSCOT public hearing in Melbourne today.

Dr Ranald said:

 AFTINETs submission  to the JSCOT makes three main points:

  • PAFTA is unnecessary because Peru is a member of the TPP-11, and a second trade deal with the same country would add to the confusing noodle bowl of overlapping bilateral and regional agreements;
  • PAFTAs inclusion of ISDS is unacceptable because ISDS enables global corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over health, environment, indigenous rights and other public interest regulation;
  • The...


The Hopium of the people "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The Consciousness of Sheep has published another important article. I first came across the impossibility of carbon capture and storage as a silver bullet for solving climate change while listening to Kevin Anderson speaking on the matter.  he says CCS is assumed to work in the future and adopted in ALL of the IPCCs scenario, even the bleakest 6-8 degrees C rise by 2100. Yet, not one single attempt at this technology has come close to working or being economically viable. And it wont because its literally the stupidest idea yet, even if George Monbiots latest garbage comes a close second.

It was this realisation that eventually drove me to accepting nothing but de-industrialisation would save us now.


If it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.  That, at least, is the approach Im taking to the flurry of crowd-funder videos currently doing the rounds on social media, promoting technologies that suck carbon out of the atmosphere.  As with a raft of other faux-green technologies that were hawked around social media, like solar roadways, waterseers and hyperloops, the machine that can suck carbon dioxide out of the air will never fulfill its promise.

To understand why, consider that the atmosphere is very big roughly 5.5 quadrillion tons of gas.  But the carbon dioxide content is very small just over 405 parts per million.  And humans release around 40 billion tons of the stuff every year.  So any machine that is going to attempt the task even assuming 100 percent efficiency would need to hoover up 2,470 tons of atmosphere to capture just 1 ton of carbon dioxide; and it would have to do this roughly a thousand times a second to keep up with our ongoing emissions.


Even when fitted to chimneys where the carbon dioxide is at least concentrated carbon capture technologies have proved excessively expensive in both financial and energy terms.  There is little point deploying technologies that are so energy-intensive that they themselves depend upon fossil fuels to power them.  However, this issue pales into insignificance when compared to the difficulty of storing any carbon dioxide that is captured.  As Kevin Bullis warned a few years ago in MIT Technology Review:

Even if costs are made far lower than they are today, the im...


We've had enough. 9.5% super is just fine "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


Its conventional wisdom that Australians dont save enough for retirement. Most workers themselves think they wont have enough to retire on, and their concerns are rising.

But the conventional wisdom is wrong.

Our new report, Money In Retirement: More Than Enough shows that most people who are actually retired feel more comfortable financially than the Australians younger than them who are still working.

Retirees of today tend to slow their spending as they age, tend to keep saving in retirement, and often leave an legacy almost as big as the nest egg they had on the day they retired.

Read more: The myth of the ageing 'crisis'

When surveyed today the retirees of the future might be worried about their retirement, but economic growth means they will almost certainly be on even higher incomes than retirees today.

These findings might seem surprising: they contradict the repeated messaging from the financial services industry that Australians wont have enough for retirement.

But that industrys claims are based on research that overlooks two important points.
Retirees spend less over time
Much of the research assumes that retirees need to save enough to enable their incomes to keep climbing throughout their retirement in line with general wage growth.

Implicitly, it assumes that a retiree needs to spend 25% more at age 90 than at age 70, after accounting for inflation.

But our analysis shows that retired Australians tend to spend less over time, even those who have money to spare.


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Monday, 05 November


Gurus, Altered States of Consciousness and Chinese Food "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

I have been hearing about Deepak Chopra more of late. A recent controversy was him giving a talk at a cryptocurrency symposium: people were upset that such a "charlatan" could be at the event...

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Friday, 02 November


12pm Mon Nov 26 | Kids Off All Off- Back the Wilkie Bill to Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

When: 12-1pm, Monday 26th November Where: Border Force Office, 1010 LaTraobe St, Docklands, Melbourne Facebook event here Join RAC at Border Force in Docklands on the day House of Representatives resumes, calling for parliament to support Andrew Wilkies bill to immediately bring children and families off Nauru to Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has so(...)

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Thursday, 01 November


A tribute to Richard Gill by Heather McLaughlin "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

In recent days the media has been full of news of the sad loss of Richard Gill conductor, teacher, composer, and powerful advocate for school and community music. Many will remember him as the somewhat eccentric man with a shock of white hair representing classical music on Spicks and Specks.

He passionately believed that every child deserves music, and that SINGING should be the basis of all music experience from an early age.

I have been personally fortunate to be a student, then a teaching colleague, and a friend of Richard Gill since the age of 15, when as a country girl I went to a NSW state music camp and played the violin under his baton in a full symphony orchestra.

At that stage I had never even seen a French horn, or an oboe, and the experience of sitting in the heart of 60 musicians playing Beethovens 7th Symphony, in a tent, in the rain, with flutes behind and violas to the side, was an early inspiration. Cellos, can you SOB a little more? said Richard Gill. I melted with adolescent musical emotion!


So many people have an anecdote about Richard Gill.

He remembered my name when I ran into him, 35 years after I left school.

He got me to sing an improvised melody in Solfege over a ground bass in a workshop and surprisingly, I could do it.

At music camp in...

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Wednesday, 31 October


Media Release 31/10 | Children from Nauru, detained in Australia and not going to school "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Prime Minister Scott Morrison claims the Coalition government has got children out of detention on the mainland and is quietly getting children off Nauru. This is a lie. Not only has the Morrison government spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers to fight children on Nauru coming to Australia, but many of those children brought(...)


Getting big feminists singing! "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

By Jane York

On Feb 5th this year I posted in a private feminist group I belong to, the following:

Random thought for all singers (everyone) in this group: If I was to start a casual Inner North FEMINIST CHOIR, who would be interested? Singing tunes by powerhouse women of pop and indie including Beyonce, Peaches, Meryl Bainbridge.  Like if you would be keen to come along  x

The idea for a feminist choir had been rattling around in my head for a long time, nurtured through chats with lefty, femmo, artist friends about what our creative responses to this unique cultural moment in history might look like. I made a playlist entitled Feminist Choir that may or may not have included the song Bitch by Meredith Brooks. So when I got 12 comments of support under my Facebook post I thought fantastic, great, lets do this right away

Right away turned out to be 5 months, and change. I booked the room, made a poster, created a Facebook event and for lack of any better ideas titled it BIG FEMINIST SING!, thinking this would do until I came up with a much more clever and witty title.

I then proceeded to completely overthink what we would sing: What is a feminist? What does a feminist song sound like? Am I even a good enough feminist? What if I forget how to feminist and I am never allowed to feminist again?!!!!

After this initial bout of imposter syndrome, I realised that I needed to focus on what I wanted from a Big Feminist Sing. What I wanted was to express a complex set of conflicting emotions around identity. To do more than argue with strangers on the internet. To make a physical space for catharsis. To express vulnerability, anger, humour; to be fierce, silly and soulful. I wanted to be unapologetically critical of our leaders, cultural values and institutions. I wanted to build community, and I didnt need to have all the answers!

It was important to me that the Big Feminist Sing workshop was a welcoming and safe space for all non-binary, gender fluid, intersex and trans singers. There is a disturbing amount of discrimination in some pockets of the feminist community and I wanted it to be clear from the outset that everyone is welcome. I have tried to do that by stating explicitly on all our promotion that we are for everybody. I have also been conscious of this when making song choices and lyric changes in songs. Not just choosing songs with lyrics about Woman power and giving pronoun options on lyric sheets. I hope that this has made the space more welcoming and I will continue to listen to feedback around this.

As with my other projects I knew that selecting m...

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Tuesday, 30 October


Its going to require something drastic "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"



Do Less, Work Smarter and the Professional Waiter "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A long time ago I attended a seminar on wealth and money and the speaker had a mantra that said Work Smarter, Not harder. It turned out to be a []


Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Most people think that selling your car, avoiding flights and going vegetarian are the best strategies for fighting climate change, but in fact, according to a study into true impacts of different green lifestyle choices, having fewer children beats all those actions by a very long margin.

Ive been saying this for years and years, but the graphic below might just about convince anyone..

The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon emissions.

The next best actions are selling your car, avoiding long flights, and eating a vegetarian diet. These reduce emissions many times more than common green activities, such as recycling, using low energy light bulbs or drying washing on a line. However, the high impact actions are rarely mentioned in government advice and school textbooks, researchers found.

Carbon emissions must fall to two tonnes of CO2 per person by 2050 to avoid severe global warming, but in the US and Australia emissions are currently 16 tonnes per person and in the UK seven tonnes. Thats obviously a really big change and we wanted to show that individuals have an opportunity to be a part of that, said Kimberly Nicholas, at Lund University in Sweden and one of the research team.

The new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, sets out the impact of different actions on a comparable basis. By far the biggest ultimate impact is having one fewer child, which the researchers calculated equated to a reduction of 58 tonnes of CO2 for each year of a parents life.

The figure was calculated by totting up the emissions of the child and all their descendants, then dividing this total by the parents lifespan. Each parent was ascribed 50% of the childs emissions, 25% of their grandchildrens emissions and so on.

The graphic shows how much CO2 can be saved through a range of different actions.

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Monday, 29 October


Meet Joel Salatin "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The following post originally appeared on the Polyface Farms Facebook page.

Cows at Polyface Farm. Photo by Amber Karnes.

The recent editorial by James McWilliams, titled The Myth of Sustainable Meat, contains enough factual errors and skewed assumptions to fill a book, and normally I would dismiss this out of hand as too much nonsense to merit a response. But since it specifically mentioned Polyface, a rebuttal is appropriate. For a more comprehensive rebuttal, read the book Folks, This Aint Normal.

Lets go point by point. First, that grass-grazing cows emit more methane than grain-fed ones. This is factually false. Actually, the amount of methane emitted by fermentation is the same whether it occurs in the cow or outside. Whether the feed is eaten by an herbivore or left to rot on its own, the methane generated is identical. Wetlands emit some 95 percent of all methane in the world; herbivores are insignificant enough to not even merit consideration. Anyone who really wants to stop methane needs to start draining wetlands. Quick, or well all perish. I assume hes figuring that since it takes longer to grow a beef on grass than on grain, the difference in time adds days to the emissions. But grain production carries a host of maladies far worse than methane. This is simply cherry-picking one negative out of many positives to smear the foundation of how soil builds: herbivore pruning, perennial disturbance-rest cycles, solar-grown biomass, and decomposition. This is like demonizing marriage because a good one will include some arguments.

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Saturday, 27 October


More bus services needed "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Despite heavy travel demand and overcrowding, most bus routes only run every 30-60 minutes.

More services are needed, particularly on main road routes serving major shopping centres, running frequently every day of the week.

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Thursday, 25 October


The other vacancy report. New rental streams from excess car parking? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

According to the lovely Dr. Elizabeth Taylor over at RMIT, parking in Melbournes city centre now occupies the equivalent of 225 MCGs. The main reason for this bounty: minimum car parking requirements in the planning scheme. These requirements compel developers to provide a ratio of private car parks in all new developments. Cost for land []

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Tuesday, 23 October


Negative and Defensive Thinking "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A Stuart Wilde article - Now is the time to tame the egos demands and to take a more cautious smaller approach to life. Invest in yourself and what you know, and skills that you can offer others.


4pm Fri Nov 9 | Qantas Dont Deport to Danger-Let Huyen, Priya & Nades stay "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

When: 4pm, Friday 9th November 2018 Where: 79-81 Victoria Pde, Collingwood, VIC Facebook event here Rally at Jetstar Corporate Office calling on Qantas and all airlines not to deport Huyen, Priya, Nades or any asylum seekers to danger. We need to keep up the pressure to prevent the deportation of Huyen, Priya, Nades and family.(...)



The PNG Supreme Court has dismissed the case of Behrouz Boochani and 730 other Manus detainees for the constitutional enforcement of their rights. The Supreme Court ruled that the case was essentially a compensation case for the breach of their human rights prior to the Supreme Court orders in 2016 that the Lombrum detention centre(...)



The long-awaited judgement of the PNG Supreme Court regarding illegal imprisonment and enforcement of constitutional and human rights of the Manus asylum seekers will be handed down today, Tuesday 23 October, at 2pm. The PNG court decision will lay the basis for seeking summary judgement for compensation and also orders for the unconditional release of(...)




The Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 the Lifetime Ban Bill was introduced and passed in the House of Representatives in November 2016. It has been before the Senate since that time;

  • The Bill would prevent resettlement in Australia for the people who have been assessed as refugees in PNG (583 people) or Nauru (821 people)
  • The Bill would prevent refugee assessment in Australia for people transferred to Australia for medical purposes, many of whom have never been afforded a refugee assessment in PNG or Nauru
  • The Bill would enforce family separation in a number of ways, including:
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Monday, 22 October


Italy and energy: a case study "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Since discovering Jean Marc Jancovici a couple of months ago, I have been following his work, which is mostly in French; but now and again he publishes something in English, so you guys can benefit from reading this while I prepare to drive my wifes Suzuki Alto with a full load to Tasmania  yes I am going to get my life back and get to enjoy sharing the fruits of my labour after a three year wait..


Italy is in trouble. Or more precisely, the country has been abandonned by growth. It is one of the few OECD countries that is unable to recover from the 2008 crisis: its GDP is still lagging below 2007 levels. Would it be the simple result of the unability of the successive governments to make the appropriate reforms? It might well be that the explanation lies in something much more different, but much more unpleasant: physics.

First, statistics are unequivocal on the fact that growth has vanished, so far.

Year on year change of the GDP in Italy (or annual growth rate) since 1961 (blue curve), average per decade (red curve), and trend on the growth rate (green dotted line). It is easy to see that each decade has been less successful than the previous one since the beginning of this series, and that the decade that started in 2010 has an average growth rate which is negative. Italy has therefore been in recession, on average, for the last 7 years.

Primary data from World Bank.

As the two are generally linked in Western countries, the debt on GDP ratio has risen to heights, botbh for public and private debt.

Debt on GDP ratio in Italy since 1995. Primary data from Eurostat.
Households debt on GDP ratio since 1960. Data from Bank for International Settlements.


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