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Sunday, 29 October


Record Fair "IndyWatch Feed"

Sunday 29th Oct, 12.00pm 5.00pm, Thornbury Bowls Club

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Twilight Fete "IndyWatch Feed"

Saturday 28th Oct, 2.00pm 8.00pm, Glen Huntly Primary School

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SHABU SHABU "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Jo Rittey   Shabu shabu; so good they had to say it twice. And what is this repeated wonder, you ask? A Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water, served with dipping sauces, the term is onomatopoeic, representing the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the []

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Tuesday, 19 September


FIRE SHOW BY THE YARRA "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Prominently located in Southbank on the Yarra River is the Crown Casino. It has earned itself a reputation as their slogan suggests, for being A World of Entertainment. Crown Casino has more then a dozen bars and clubs, numerous dining and shopping options, free entertainment and much more all within the opulent surrounds of the Crown complex. There is something to cater for everyone including some gambling, clubs, pubs and bars for the adults, and games, cinemas and shopping for all ages.

At night, on the boulevard, Crown Casino erupts into a riverside show of fireballs. These never fail to impress and wow visitors. When the weather is cooler the flames warm bystanders, people reporting they can even feel the heat from the other side of the river. The fireballs are the biggest in the world and explode in a show each hour between times that are subject to the season and weather conditions.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.



Mean dwelling price rises to $679,100 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dwelling stock rises to $6.7 trillion

Four times per year we get the unbridled pleasure of the official residential property price indexes. 

Here, then, is a 60-second overview of the June 2017 quarter figures. 

The total value of Australia's dwelling stock rose by +$631 billion or +10.4 per cent to $6.72 trillion in FY2017.

That now represents a +53 per cent increase from the $4.4 trillion recorded at the end of 2011. 

I'd take the data series back further, but it only begins in Q3 of that calendar year. 

The annual stock value gains were mainly driven by the two most populous states, with New South Wales (+$336 billion) and Victoria (+$215 billion) accounting for some 87 per cent of the total increase. 

Detached houses have outperformed attached dwellings on average since 2003, reflecting rising land values and a relative scarcity of this dwelling type in the thriving, landlocked suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.



matthewschiavello: Negative space #01 18/05/2014 35 mm... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"


Negative space #01


35 mm scanned film negative.

Thank you to Thierry Facon, for often reminding and encouraging me to get into my studio and experiment! This image is from a series of images where I experimented with failed film negatives, using acetone and watercolour.

something older


Lazy eye and mo. . #instaphotography #photography #selfie... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Lazy eye and mo.
#instaphotography #photography #selfie #selfportrait #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhite #matthewschiavello #interior #style #lazyeye #mo #mustache #moustache #melbourne #instaphoto


VOTE YES "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


YES!!! - Dont forget to vote!

Greetings Newlanders,

To all of you, a gentle reminder to make sure you post your vote for marriage equality now or as soon as you receive the ballot. 

Please dont leave it to the last minute. Speaking as a well-practised master in the art of procrastination (hmmm!!), I know how easy it is to put off things like this and suddenly the last minute becomes a day too late (especially given AusPosts flexible' delivery times!!).

0425 748 328


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #560 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Read Online Newsletter | #560 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #560 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 19th September 2017 to Monday 25th September 2017 Royal Melbourne Show 2017 Share an unforgettable day out with family and friends at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show held from Saturday 23 September to Tuesday 3 October at Melbourne Showgrounds. Royal Melbourne Show 2017 | Get Early Bird Tickets Now Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday 23 Sep 2017 | Over 50 German beers plus cider, wine, schnapps, popular spirit mixers plus traditional German fare to tantalise your taste buds. Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest 2017 | Royal Exhibition Building | Buy Tickets Dachshund Race .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday 23rd September - Hophaus annual Dachshund Race raising money for Dachshund Rescue Australia. Hophaus Dachshund Race | Hophaus Bier Bar Grill AstroLight Festival 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Scienceworks joins forces with astronauts, astronomers, scientists, stargazers and artists to present a night starring astronomy and light. AstroLight Festival 2017 | Scienceworks Tesselaar Tulip Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. September 15th - September 17th - Turkish Weekend September 18th - September 21st - Over the Rainbow Week September 22nd - September 24th - Dutch Weekend September 25th - September 28th - Children's Week #1 September 29th - October 1st - Food Wine & Jazz Weekend October 2nd - October 5th - Children's Week #2 October 6th - October 8th - Irish Weekend Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017 Pop-Up Globe Theatre .nobrtable br { display: none } The worlds first full-scale replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, right next door to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. This isnt dusty Shakespeare. This is now. Alive. Like a party. Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, As You Like It, Othello & Around The Globe In 60 Minutes 21 September 12 November 2017 | Pop-Up Globe Theatre Winter Night Market .nobrtable br { display: none } A quirky line-up of entertainers, street food stalls, specialty and design stalls, warm drinks, cold beers and raging open fires. Winter Night Market | Queen Victoria Market Fringe Festival 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } 14 Sept 1 Oct | Victoria's most vibrant independent arts showcase developing championing and celebrating the independent arts. Fringe Festival | 400 events @ 160+ Venues Oktoberfest at Southgate .nobrtable br { display: none } Hophaus brings Munich to Melbourne for Oktoberfest 2017 so dig out your lederhosen and dirndl & come down for the fun at Hophaus at Southgate. Saturday 16 September until Sunday 22 October 2017 Hoptoberfest | Hophaus...


Melbourne Music Week have just announced their stellar first lineup "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The famous Melbourne Music Week is back for yet another year, with the organisers of MMW today revealing the first lineup of this years festivities.

This year sees a wide variety of brilliant events, with many more to be announced still. Most notably is MISCELLANEA, a takeover of the iconic Melbourne Town Hall, spearheaded by MMW and Creative Victoria.

Taking place in various spaces throughout the Melbourne Town Hall, audiences will be treated to performances from HTRK, Underground Lovers, Tyrannamen, friendships, and a showcase from Courtney Barnetts Milk! Records, featuring East Brunswick All Girls Choir and Fraser A. Gorman.

Los Angele muso Ariel Pink will also be in town, performing a headline performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre on November 21st, as well as hitting up Face The Music later in the week.

Also returning for 2017 is ZOO, which will see a variety of artists including Briggs, Fatima & Alexander, and Weird Together taking over Section 8 & Ferdydurke for a series of eclectic performance.

Of course, one of the biggest components of Melbourne Music Week is the annual Face The Music conference. After a brilliant lineup of speakers and performers last year, including Anthony Fantano and Dorsal Fins, Face The Music has today unveiled its first round of speakers.

Featuring the likes of the aforementioned Ariel Pink, punk legend and historian, Marky Ramone, Mallrat, triple js Nick Findlay, and Reeperbahns Bjrn Pfarr, Face The Music is set to be yet another phenomenal event, with many more speakers still to be announced.

As always, The Age Music Victoria Awards after party is set to take over 170 Russell on November 22nd, boasting an impressive lineup that includes Gold Class, Cable Ties, Gretta Ray, Jim Lawrie, and Ella Thompson. Undoubtedly, this is going to be one of the hottest tickets on offer for Melbourne Music Week.

Melbourne Music Week is set to kick of on November 17th, and will run until November 25th. Check out the full list of announced events below, and hit up the Melbourne Music Week website for more info.

Melbourne Music Week 2017



Main Hall
Underground Lovers (ft. Grand Organ)
Taipan Tiger Girls (ft. Grand Organ)
CORIN (ft. Grand Organ)...


Queenscliff Music Festival have dropped their third lineup announcement "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The Queenscliff Music Festival already has a pretty stacked lineup for their 2017 event, so you could be forgiven for thinking the lineup just couldnt get any bigger. Of course, festival organisers have decided to spring a third lineup, full of phenomenal international acts, upon us.

With an amazing lineup that consists of huge names such as The Temper Trap, The Beautiful Girls, Mia Dyson, Xavier Rudd, and Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, the Queenscliff Music Festival could have just stopped there and fans would have been happy. Thankfully, they had a few more tricks up their sleeve.

Leading the lineup is New York Citys Too Many Zooz, who have been taking the world by storm thanks to their unique style and viral videos of the group busking in and around the New York City subway system. Capturing the attention of The Roots Questlove, the group have been getting the world talking about their eccentric jazz-stylings.

Already set to play a string of shows on their debut Aussie tour, Too Many Zooz will be hitting up the Queenscliff Music Festival on Saturday, November 25th and Sunday, November 26th for two unforgettable performances.

Also joining the 2017 lineup is Canadas The East Pointers, and Lindi Ortega, as well as Travis Bowlin, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, and Ron Artis II & The Truth. With a lineup like this, it only proves that the Queenscliff Music Festival are absolute masters of the brilliant festival lineup.

With the festival coming up quickly, tickets are selling fast, so be sure to act quickly to see one of the most eclectic and acclaimed lineups in Australia. It all goes down from Friday, November 24th to Saturday, November 26th in the picturesque Queenscliffe, Victoria.

Check out the clip for the brilliant Bedford by New York Citys Too Many Zooz, below.

Queenscliff Music Festival 2017

The East Pointe...


Brave New World - Australia in the 1930s "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Brave New World: Australia 1930s is a special exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV in Melbourne until mid Oct 2017. The 1930s was a turbulent time in Australias history.  Major world events, including the Depression and the rise of totalitarian regimes in Europe, shaped our nations evolving sense of identity during this decade.

See a multitude of artistic styles, both progressive and reactionary, which were practised during the 1930s: fashion, commercial art, architecture, industrial design, film and dance. The exhibition presents a  detailed picture of this dynamic time and reveals some of the social and political concerns that were pertinent then.

The life saver and the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Celebrating the bridge's opening in 1932

The exhibition charts the themes of technological progress and its antithesis in the nostalgia for pastoralism; the emergence of the New Woman; nationalism and the body culture movement; mounting calls for Indigenous rights and the increasing interest in Indigenous art; the devastating effects of the Depression and the rise of radical politics; and the arrival of European refugees. During the very turbulent 1930s high-rise buildings, fast trains and engineering marvels like the Sydney Harbour Bridge were up against the Great Depression, conservatism and a looming WW2.

The Brave New World Exhibition is accompanied by a top quality, fully-illustrated hardback publication, featuring essays by leading writers on each of the exhibition themes.

Artist and Designers
The exhibition presented 200+ works spanning photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and dcorative arts as well as design, fashion, film and dance. Abstraction, Surrealism and Expressionism emerged, and women artists arose as trailblazers of modernism. Consider modernist artist Grace Cossington Smith with her flat colours and abstracted forms. And Hilda Rix Nicholas.


ECCV encourages multicultural Victorians to vote YES for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


19th September 2017

ECCV encourages multicultural Victorians to vote YES for marriage equality

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) Board of Directors acknowledges that ethnic and multicultural LGBTI people exist in our culturally diverse communities; that they are our friends and our family members, and that LGBTI people, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds face even more layers of discrimination.

ECCV Chairperson Eddie Micallef says, The ECCV Board of Directors and members have long understood discrimination, as many of us and our families have experienced discrimination on the basis of our ethnicity, skin colour, faith and language.  

The ECCV Board of Directors endorses The YES Alliance which is a group of Australian community members from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds that support a YES vote in the upcoming postal vote for marriage equality.

The Chair emphasises on behalf of the ECCV Board of Directors that as descendants of migrants who came to Australia in search for better opportunities and freedoms, we expect our whole community to be treated fairly in all aspects of civil law, including civil marriage law; this expectation embraces the fair and equal treatment of our culturally and linguistically diverse LGBTI friends and family.  

Eddie Micallef encourages our culturally diverse community to consider the values that brings together our harmonious and respectful society with a shared sense of belonging, acceptance and contribution.

The ECCV Board of Directors supports Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) in calling on ethnic and multicultural communities in Victoria and in Australia to consider voting yes to marriage equality.

ECCV will attend the official launch of The YES Alliance at the Victorian Parliament House on Wednesday 20th September, 2017 from 1pm. All are welcome to attend the launch and join ECCV in demonstrating support for human rights and removing discrimination for the benefit of all Victorians.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer via / 0422 480 319


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FixedIt: Adults cant have sex with 14 year olds. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Since this article was published yesterday afternoon its generated hundreds of comments. Both the reporting and the judges comments have attracted opprobrium. As they should.

Its interesting that the ABC reported on a very similar case in Canberra last year, but had no difficulty clearly labelling that crime as rape.

Theres a couple of reasons the ABC might have chosen to report yesterdays case as sex rather than rape.

The main one would be that there is no offence of rape in the ACT criminal code. There are degrees of sexual assault and Section 92E of the ACT Crimes Act called sexual intercourse with young person with a maximum penalty of 17 years in jail if the child is under 10 years of age and 14 years if the child was under 16.

Sexual intercourse with a young person was the charge the Canberra man was convicted on, so it would not be completely accurate to report that he was convicted of rape.

Defamation might have been another concern, but it seems unlikely. Calling this man a rapist or describing his actions as rape is a realistic description and therefore not subject to a defamation claim.

Jason Deputy Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School said, from a defamation perspective, while rape might not reflect language used in ACT legislation, does it reflect the actions of what he did, so its substantially true. Defamation would not be an issue here.

So, while the ABC would have had to specify the charge, they were not legally obliged to describe his actions as sex. They could legally and accurately have called it rape.

The case last year where they did call it rape was very similar to this one. The charge was the same, the victim was 15 year...


Community Connections Introducing The Rhythm Tree "IndyWatch Feed"

Our community includes a range of independent organisations running their own programs, events and workshops on a regular basis in various venues across our park on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. This month we would like to introduce Gillian Lee, founder of The Rhythm Tree.

  • Please introduce yourself. What do you do?

My name is Gillian Lee and I am the founder and principal teacher at The Rhythm Tree.

  • What is The Rhythm Tree?

The Rhythm Tree is a joyful, family music making experience in a musically rich, pressure free and inclusive environment. Families with young children (aged 0-5 years) come together once a week to sing, dance, chant, laugh, play and connect. Our parents and caregivers also learn ways to facilitate spontaneous family music making in every day life.

  • What made you start The Rhythm Tree?

I immigrated to Australia from Scotland in 2005, where I had been a music adviser on curriculum development, providing music training for early years teaching professionals in organisations across the UK, including BBC Scotland. I had also run my own early years music company delivering structured music classes to young children from 0-6.  Moving to a new country caused me to pause and reflect on my teaching methods and to look more at the roots of my own love of music, as well as thinking about the cultures around the world which seem to create musical people.  After a lot of research (and soul searching) I came to the realisation that children can learn music as easily as they learn to walk and talk, if they grow up in a rich musical environment. Unfortunately we dont all have that privilege. In fact even those families who consider themselves to be musical dont always have regular sing songs, jams and barn dances with their family.

I began The Rhythm Tree to provide a weekly opportunity for families to get together to create such musical environments and then continue the music making at home....


Zero G - 18 September 2017 Episode 1151 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ZERO-G #1151 Title:You're Next

Podcast Title: Invasion of the poddy snatchers 1151

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: interview with Zero-G fave ROB LLOYD about his Melbourne Fringe show INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS; and we head to the sewers to float with IT.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST


Mainstream media hiding the truth re City Councils? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The slogan for the Herald Sun publication on the front of the newspaper is "We're for Victoria".

So what any average Joe would maybe comprehend from that statement is that the Herald Sun 'supports' the people (?) of Victoria?

This does not necessarily seem to be the case.

Does the HS seem to publish the stories that the 'herd population' are supposed to know to in order to keep them docile and distracted?

Another publication 'curates' stories for its subscribers, with a liberal left wing bias rather than the 'truth' irrespective of its perceived political slant.

A post on social media showed how the Fairfax publication The Age stated that a rape was committed by an ex Victorian Police man on a five year old child, while in the next paragraph it was stated that she was raped by an employed Victorian police officer.

So, let's have a look at what the Herald Sun publication did not publish in their online comments

Bit of a bugger that!


Lindi Ortega Announces Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced plans to return to Australia this November with a series of East Coast shows. Having already been announced on the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Ortega has now revealed shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Lindi Ortega will be touring her latest []


Cashew crema, avocado coleslaw and tostados "IndyWatch Feed"

Last night I slept for 13 hours.  I should do that more often.  Sadly, most nights I get a lot less sleep.  Fortunately there are other ways to cope with a busy day: simple meals, cooking in bulk and shortcuts.  And the support of friends and family.  I made these tostados for dinner a couple of weekends back while a good friend had Sylvia staying for a sleepover.

I had found a packet of tostado shells in the supermarket and had all sorts of visions of what I might do with them, including an interesting bean or corn topping I saw on a blog but never noted and could not remember.  Finally practicalities took over.  Firstly I had to use my packet of chilli lime carnitas jackfruit.  This was a shortcut that gave me a go at cooking jackfruit without feeling overwhelmed.

I found a neglected avocado hidden in the corner of the fridge.  It had been there so long I was grateful to rescue any flesh but it wasn't enough enough for a guacamole.  I had seen a recipe for coleslaw with avocado mayo recently (while browsing magazines in the newsagents) so I turned it into a simple small coleslaw. 

For a creamy topping I found a simple cashew crema.  I love having a high power blender that means I can skip the soak the cashews.  I am not familiar with crema.  I think it is like sour cream.  Which I don't have much.  So I am not sure I got the seasoning quite right....


Wilderness man Les Southwell dead at 88 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Jenny Weber

Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.

Les Southwell, a Melbourne engineer, was one of the most remarkable wilderness walkers in Tasmania in the high age of wild country adventure last century. He first came to Tasmania in the early 1960s and, via the original Lake Pedder, walked to Federation Peak, the most remote mountain in Australia. Consequently, in scores more trips, he bush-bashed into other remote places including Pokana Cirque, Lake Curley, the Denison Range and Gordon Splits, former Greens leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

Les was a vigorous advocate for saving the Franklin and Gordon rivers from damming.

Les Southwells 1983 book The Mountains of Paradise: the Wilderness of South-west Tasmania is a classic of Australian wilderness photography. His depictions of Lake Pedder National Park are now national treasures. Until the end, Les was a crusty advocate for restoring Lake Pedder, Mr Brown said.

Victorian environmentalist Karen Alexander OA said that Les had a very long dedication to conservation, from the Lake Pedder campaign to Fraser Island, the subject of his first book, and the Franklin.

He saw the value of photography to convey the good message about wild places, like Peter Dombrovskis and Olegas Truchanas who also died in the wild. Les kept the campaign for Tasmanias South-west wilderness alive in Melbourne after the loss of Lake Pedder, paving the way for saving the Franklin. As a civil engineer, Les had argued strongly for alternative solutions to the flooding of Lake Pedder, Ms Alexander said.

Half a century ago Les observed that for Tasmanian politicians the idea of the wilderness experience seemed incomprehensible and they often seemed hostile to the very notion, Bob Brown said.

Nowadays wilderness is arguably Tasmanias greatest tourism drawcard, thanks to advoca...


Hooting & Howling Comes to the Melbourne Fringe "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson Following on from a successful debut in Sydney last year, playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson will be bringing their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Hooting & Howling mixes stand-up comedy, storytelling and live music to explore the supernatural []


Melbournes iconic venue The Espy finally reopens with an epic punk show "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Its been a very long wait for Melbourne and its beachside suburb of St Kilda, which has been hanging on the fate of its live music landmark The Espy since it was sold and shuttered two years ago, but the great news is that the beloved venue will finally be back in action this weekend.

The iconic venue, which boasts a number of different live music spaces and was a regular draw to the area, was purchased by the same group who own a variety of other prominent venues, but has sat in the background as its battled planning issues and been slowly renovated back to full health.

Now, after promises to reopen The Espy next year, the new owners have announced a surprise gig this weekend featuring Aussie punk legends X playing the Gershwin Room, with The Heartache State and DJ Whitt of Spiderbait in support.

Its a new lease of life for St Kildas most iconic pub, organisers say. The old girl is in great hands and this is your chance to relive your fond memories and have a glimpse of the future. Join us in the Gershwin Room for this very limited event for the St Kilda Art Crawl.

The Espy will open its doors on Saturday September 23, and hopefully the gig ends up being just the first of many well see at the venue this year, as weve waited long enough for the Melbourne mainstay to return.

The long battle to add a rooftop terrace to the venue eventually fell by the wayside after long battles with residents and council who expressed concerns about late-night noise considering the venues 3am liquor license. Instead, the outdoor area now takes the form of a beer garden, and the venue has seen a host of other vital upgrades to keep it up to code.

While The Espy has faced issues with approval in recent years, local Esplanade residents were on the venues side years before when its owners proposed a 35-storey development behind the venue, an idea that was fought against fiercely and promptly defeated.

With the planning and politics out of the way, its time to get back to the live music welcome back, Espy!

X will be the ideal band to bring The Espy back to life


Winning Ideas "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Short provocative sessions for strategists, campaigners and organisers.

Does your team need some fresh ideas to inspire your campaigning, organising and movement building?

These short taster sessions are designed to enliven team meetings, giving you new perspectives and frameworks to apply. Each session is a conversation guided by Holly Hammond, drawing on the source book and making connections with your work.

Book an exploration of one of these books, or a series of all four:

  • Jonathan Mathew Smucker, Hegemony How To: A Roadmap for Radicals
  • Mark & Paul Engler, This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century
  • Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
  • Patrick Reinsborough & Doyle Canning, Re:Imagining Change: How to use story-based strategy to win campaigns, build movements, and change the world

Sessions will be one to three hours long, depending on the focus and the size of the group. Community of practice gatherings, such as cross-organisation networks, book clubs or groups of friends, are also welcome to book a session. If youre intrigued but you cant gather a crew theres potential to book a one-to-one session.

These sessions will be available from October to December so get in touch to book in.

Its like bookclub but you dont need to have read the book Holly definitely has! See below for more information about each book.

HegemonyHowToJonathan Mathew Smucker, Hegemony How To

A roadmap for radicals. Hegemony How-To is a practical guide to political struggle for a generation that is deeply ambivalent about questions of power, leadership, and strategy. Hopeful about the potential of todays burgeoning movements, long-time grassroots organizer Jonathan Smucker nonetheless pulls no punches when confronting their internal dysfunction. Drawing from personal experience, he provides deep theoretical insight into the all-too-familiar radical tendency toward self-defeating insularity and paralyzing purism. At the same time, he offers tools to bridge the divide between anti-authoritarian values and hegemonic strategies, tools that might just help todays movements to navigate their obstaclesand change the world.


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Trend new motor sales hit record "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Car sales power on

The so-called "canary in the coalmine" that was falling new motor sales has turned out to be another rubbish indicator.

The canaries have long since carked it, but the trend result for new motor vehicle sales was 100,809 in August 2017, which was the highest ever.

Selfish Urban Vanity

Sports utility vehicles continue to drive the record results, although in reality today's small SUVs, such as the one I drive, is probably more akin to a passenger vehicle rather than anything more rugged. 

Alas, production levels domestically are destined continue their precipitous decline as the industry departs Australian shores. 

Finally, the state level data shows that Melbourne's burgeoning economy continues to power new car sales along.

New South Wales also saw nearly 398,000 units shifted over the past year, for yet another annual record. 



Australian Politics Is Suffering a Death by Boredom "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

He was there with his entourage, a face unmoved bar the occasional muscle flex. Theres Malcolm Turnbull! exclaimed drinking companions at the Curtin on Melbournes famed Lygon Street, the artery of culinary matters Italian.

It wasnt: Bill Shorten, the


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

By Markab Algedi

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

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

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

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

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

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



FIND THE BIRDS "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

A walk in the Darebin Parklands is always a good way to relax and find serenity in nature right in the heart of a large metropolis, such that Melbourne has become. Even more delightful is spotting of some birds during one's walk. Here are some that I spotted...

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Macro Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.

Clockwise from upper left: Indian Miner; Rainbow Lorikeets; Butcherbird; Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo; Purple Swamphen; Pacific Black Duck; Crested Pigeon; Bronzewing Pigeon; Willy Wagtail.


Surfer bitten by shark in Ponce Inlet, Florida "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A shark bit a man surfing in Volusia County on Saturday. Volusia County Beach Safety officials said a shark bit a 28-year-old man Saturday afternoon. Advertisement The Melbourne man was surfing in 8-foot deep water near the jetty in Ponce Inlet when he was bitten on his left foot, officials said. The man was taken to Halifax Hospital with several lacerations to the top and bottom of his foot. Officials did not release the name of the man injured.


Energy Revolution? More like a Crawl Dr. Vaclav Smil "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dr. Vaclav Smil was the speaker at a TISED and Fondation 3E event in September 2015 called Energy Revolution? More like a Crawl. He explored the current state of global and major national energy dependencies and appraised the likely speed of their transformation. In his words, The desirable development of new renewables should not be guided by wishful preferences and arbitrary targets. Using more energy, albeit more efficiently and with lower specific environmental effects, is unlikely to change our fortunes yet no serious consideration has been given to how to use less, much less.


matthewschiavello: Negative space #15 18/05/2014 35 mm... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"


Negative space #15


35 mm scanned film negative.

Thank you to Thierry Facon, for often reminding and encouraging me to get into my studio and experiment! This image is from a series of images where I experimented with failed film negatives, using acetone and watercolour.

something older


Street Art Sculpture 8 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Street art sculptures from the last twelve months and continuing my series of posts about street art sculptures and installations.



SQM sees rental shortages by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


SQM Research reported that vacancy rates fell across most capital cities in August.

The national vacancy rate of 2.2 per cent was marginally lower than the 2.3 per cent seen at the same time in the prior year. 

Melbourne (1.7 per cent) and Hobart (0.4 per cent) in particular are seeing sharp increases in asking rents, while the vacancy rate in Adelaide was down to just 1.6 per cent from 1.9 per cent a year earlier.

In fact, Hobart has the lowest vacancy rate on record for any capital city, and both rents and prices are exploding higher.  

Vacancy rates ticked down from July in Brisbane (3.1 per cent) and Perth (4.6 per cent) in August.

The rental market Perth needs to improve for landlords - median asking rents are some 34 per cent lower than at their peak. 

Meanwhile Darwin has recorded seven consecutive declines in its vacancy rate, suggesting that the rental downturn is finally over in the Northern Territory. 

Smoothing the last 6 months of figures suggests that the rental market is not deteriorating significantly in most capital cities. 



A mathematician warns "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Coalitions pro-coal policy likely a vote loser; optional voting in plebiscite helps Yes, The Conversation, Adrian Beaumont  Honorary Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of MelbourneSeptember 16, 2017  Recently the Coalition and its media supporters have condemned the SA and Victorian Labor governments for allowing coal-fired power plants to close. The Coalition is trying to extend the life of the Liddell power plant in NSW, and is considering building a new coal-fired power plant. This is an attempt to portray Labor as the party of intermittent, unreliable and costly power.

The Coalition has been in office for four years. In July 2014, they repealed the carbon price that Labor had introduced. Many people would now ask why energy prices have kept increasing in the three years since this repeal. In a mid-August Essential poll, 59% thought they were paying a lot more for electricity and gas than two or three years ago.

In February, 45% in an Essential poll said that recent blackouts were mainly due to failures of the energy market, 19% blamed privatisation and just 16% blamed renewables.

In mid-August an Essential poll gave the Coalition a net -34 rating on providing affordable and reliable energy, their worst score from a list of 12 issues. In last weeks Essential, 49% blamed private power companies most for rising energy prices, 22% blamed the Turnbull government, 9% environmentalists and 5% renewable energy companies.

People who blame private power companies are more likely to trust Labor than the Coalition to get tough, given the Coalitions pro-business reputation. [lots of figures given here]

As a result of the Coalitions pro-coal policy, some Abbott supporters could return, possibly boosting the Coalitions primary vote at the expense of One Nation and Others. However, respondent allocated preferences are currently more friendly to the Coalition than the previous election method, and this could change. The Coalition risks losing more centrist voters to Labor.

In some parts of the country, such as NSWs Hunter Valley, coal is important to the local economy, and the Coalition is likely to benefit. In most of the country, being pro-coal is likely....


Lessons From Samoa "IndyWatch Feed"

My name is Milind Gowdanakunte, I recently embarked on a journey to Samoa. I was given this opportunity through the CERES Global partnership with the university of Swinburne where I study Robotics and Mechatronic Engineering, with a double degree in business. My hope is to one day establish my own business that develops artificial intelligence.  As part of our studies while in country, we were asked to focus on an aspect of Samoan culture, traditional practice, or something that related to our discipline in the way of social impact, economics, politics, arts, media and communication. Through this lens we were to present a written reflection of our time, accompanied by an artifact of our choice. Within a couple of days in Samoa, my interests shifted heavily towards sustainable living through an engineering perspective in communities and villages. This shift directly attributed to our time on the island of SavaiI, specifically in the villages of Tafua and Poutasi.

Through social engagements within these villages it became evident that there was a lack of non-renewal energy resources. This appeared to be the case all over Samoa. Fossil fuels are used all over the world to power cities and communities, however Samoa still lacks access to reliable sources of these fuel sources. It made me wonder why Samoa was not taking advantage of renewable energy sources such as wind, water, solar-power, and bio-gas, all of which they have abundant access to. Fossil-fuel run power is often unreliable and costly in Samoa, after making these observations I wanted to...


The Genuine Article in Australian Politics "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

He was there with his entourage, a face unmoved bar the occasional muscle flex. Theres Malcolm Turnbull! exclaimed drinking companions at the Curtin on Melbournes famed Lygon Street, the artery of culinary matters Italian. It wasnt: Bill Shorten, the leader of the Australian Labor Party and contender for the Prime Ministership of Australia, was nursing

The post The Genuine Article in Australian Politics appeared first on The AIM Network.


MCN: Critical Consciousness Building "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

MCN Critical ConsciousnessHow do we get woke and stay woke?

This Melbourne Campaigners Network session looks at a key issue in organising: how do we become aware of oppression and motivated to do something about it, and how do we support others on the same path?

Critical consciousness, or consciousness raising, is a practice for building analysis and awareness of systemic oppression.

In this interactive session Jolene Elberth will draw on community organising theory and her own experience organising undocumented workers in New Orleans. Youll leave with a greater understanding of critical consciousness techniques and how to apply them in your organising.

MCN sessions are open to campaigners, organisers and activists from all social movements, paid or voluntary. This workshop will be especially useful for organisers working with a membership base or for anyone interested in building critical awareness with others.

Location: 60L Building, 60 Leicester St Carlton

Time: 6pm til 8pm

Date: Wednesday 11 October

Cost: Entry by donation, suggested donation $10 (nobody turned away for lack of funds).

RSVP: Facebook

Further info: Enquire via the Contact page.


New Development "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hiya fellow Moreland residents please submit an objection ASAP to this massive development that will tower (11 storeys) over Bridges Reserve cutting out sun for large parts of the day.

I live opposite so it will directly affect me all the time, but because of the negative impact on the amenity of our scarce public open space I encourage all Morelanders to also object.

Thanks Sieglinde 0408 144 430.



Mirboo North mobilises against logging "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

mirboonorth.jpgWell over 300 people turned out on a freezing night to stop logging in Mirboo North in Gippsland on the 14th of September. Local resident Marg Thomas said "Vic Forests (VF), were ill prepared for the well informed and vehement community opposition to logging the community's local forests".

"The people attending voted unanimously that logging not proceed and established the "Preserve our Forests Campaign". This small community's indomitable spirit is something VF will find hard, if not impossible, to counter. Mirboo North residents will never give up and are determined to preserve their forests".

Mirboo North mobilises against logging "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

mirboonorth.jpgWell over 300 people turned out on a freezing night to stop logging in Mirboo North in Gippsland on the 14th of September. Vic Forests (VF), were ill prepared for the well informed and vehement community opposition to logging the community's local forests.

The people attending voted unanimously that logging not proceed and established the "Preserve our Forests Campaign". This small community's indomitable spirit is something VF will find hard, if not impossible, to counter. Mirboo North residents will never give up and are determined to preserve their forests.


Details of the First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of the Americana Music Association Americana fans rejoice Australia is about to get its very own Americana Honours Night this October. The inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night will take place in Melbourne at the Thornbury Theatre on Monday 2nd October. The event is being presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the []


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hello Newlanders, I'm selling my industrial overlocker and Singer sewing machine as I've moved and don't have the space for these beauties. 

The overlocker is working but probably needs rethreading. I have the instructions and tools for this. The sewing machine is a trusty old one, nothing fancy but a good workhorse! 

Take one or both, the overlocker is very heavy though and built into the table, so requires a trailer or ute for transporting. 

$250 for both or I'm open to offers :)

Clare 0421 442 314.



Latest News - Victoria Police News: Series of willful and obscene exposures - Frankston "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Frankston Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team detectives are investigating a wilful an obscene exposure in Frankston earlier this month.


Jennifer Loveless lays it down on Picnic with Kali "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

  • Jennifer Loveless :: Picnic

Over the past few years Jennifer Loveless has been steadily building what is now a truly faithful Australian house & techno following.  Hailing from Toronto originally, she has become a staple across Melbourne clubs like Boney, Lounge and New Guernica and lines up each Monday for her show, Weatherall, on Melbournes Kiss FM (not to be associated with the Sydney station of the same name.). The radio hour highlights much of the variety we see in our national electronic music landscape and is a testament to the breadth of her musical interest.

Kali had her come through for a mix on Picnic ahead of a recent Sydney date and it is succinct, varied and pleasurable. Check out the tunes below.


NConduit MMO803
KB Project Feel It
Station to Station Bjorn Torske
Computer Liebe Kraftwerk
Freestyle Man On Vibes
Round One Im Your Brother (Quadrant Dub II)
Clara Intellecto Contact
Alex Danilov Midas Touch 
Helena Hauff c45p

Catch the full show with Kali here or tune in next time between 8pm-10 on Fridays for Picnic!

The post Jennifer Loveless lays it down on Picnic with Kali appeared first on FBi Radio.


Elsie & the Vibe S/T EP "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

 2RRR Feature Album this week comes courtesy of Melbourne R&B queen Elsie and the Vibe.

Occupying the intersection of soul, Motown, R&B and pop, Elsies explosive tracks are lined with modern references to vintage sounds and sit somewhere on the spectrum of Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys and The Supremes.

Featuring members of Saskwatch, Dorsal Fins, Lanks, Oh Pep!, the OMGs and Noah Earp, The Vibe are a force to be reckoned with.

Highlight tracks: Riverside, Naked, & Stop.

Tune into Breakfast & Youth Jukebox on 2RRR 88.5FM all week long to hear these songs and more!


NAI PALM "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"


Nai Palm, a two-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and musician from Australia, is the type of artist that arrives once in a generation.

She is a composer, instrumentalist, producer, vocalist and poet who approaches all of these self-taught disciplines with an intuitive, infectious grace which sent her on a journey to sculpt songs that have been received and treasured across the world. It is a world she has travelled many times over with her live band project Hiatus Kaiyote, who along with Nai Palm have become household names since they first began playing together in Melbourne in 2011.

Championed the world over by musical icons including ?uestlove, Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak and the late Prince, 2017 has seen Hiatus Kaiyotes album sampled on two of Hip-hops biggest releases, opening Drakes project More Life, and closing Kendrick Lamars album Damn.

This success has set the stage for Nai Palms first solo release Needle Paw.

Needle Paw is Nai Palms self-imposed challenge to explore the potential for immortality and timelessness within her music by stripping away the produced layers to focus on the element that is closest to the source of the human soul, the voice.

Compromised almost entirely of her guitar playing and vocal arrangements Needle Paw is the most honest glimpse into Nai Palms musical world. It is dreamlike, honest, beautifully transparent and reveals her musical ruminations to listeners with a courageous vulnerability and artistic generosity.

I want to remind people that there are humans behind the music. Not just compression and reverb. The urgency for accuracy is not human. The exposed process is human, without the cheat codes.


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Timber and Steel Premiere: Well Meet Halfway from The Acfields "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Image Courtesy of The Acfields Sibling folk duo The Acfields havent made life easy for themselves, given theyve decided to live in different cities. With Hannah in Melbourne and Dan in Brisbane, The Acfields have to overcome the tyranny of distance to write, record and tour but somehow they make it work. The new []


Processing centres in North Africa are not the answer for EU refugees "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron invited his counterparts from Libya, Niger, Chad, Italy, Germany and Spain to Paris to discuss ways of stopping the flow of irregular migrants and refugees through transit countries. The leaders explored the possibility of establishing processing facilities in North Africa to identify refugees and turn back anyone who does not qualify for resettlement.

The talks come two years after approximately one million people arrived by boat in Europe, 75% of whom came from some of the worlds top refugee producing countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The numbers in 2017 are very different. As of September 12, 129,002 people have attempted the sea journey to Europe this year. But the drop in the number of people arriving is not enough for the EU. The pressure to stop the arrival of refugees and irregular migrants is becoming overwhelming in many European countries, where the rise of the extreme right has been linked to concerns over the lack of border protection and an unwarranted linking of terrorism with irregular migration.

Processing centres in North Africa

Macron first proposed the idea of processing centres or hotspots in Libya in July, stating that France would be willing to set up the centres itself if the EU was not interested in funding the project. The validity of the idea was immediately questioned by NGOs such as Oxfam, and angered other European leaders such as Italys foreign minister, who criticised France for improvising policy without due consultation. The backlash led French officials to backtrack on the idea of hotspots and distance France from the proposal. This time, Macron is enlisting t...


Man with mask at Melbourne rally charged under new laws "IndyWatch Feed"

Anti-fascist protester is arrested for wearing a face covering outside the State Library of Victoria on Sunday, September, 17, 2017. (AAP Image/James Ross)

Anti-fascist protester is arrested for wearing a face covering outside the State Library of Victoria on Sunday, September, 17, 2017. (AAP Image/James Ross)


A man who refused to remove his mask at an anti-fascism rally in Melbourne over the weekend has been charged as police enforce Victorias new anti-face covering laws.

The man was among hundreds of anti-racism and anti-fascism protesters who gathered at the State Library in Melbournes CBD on Sunday.

The protesters then marched to state parliament to confront a small right-wing group who say they were rallying to make Victoria safe again.

The man had most of his face covered as he stood silently among left wing protesters before police swooped in and asked him to remove his mask, which was in breach of new anti-face covering laws.

He refused and was dragged from the crowd to a side street where he was handcuffed and searched.

This is not ethical, it is not ethical journalism what youre doing. Youre invading my f***ing privacy and my right to f***ing be here and conceal my identity for my own private reasons, he yelled at journalists recording his arrest after his mask was removed.

The man has been charged on summons, a Victorian Police spokesperson told AAP on Sunday night.

A young woman was also arrested by police after she trampled through a garden to attack photographers.

She hit the camera of an AAP photographer and spat on another before police arrested her and put her into the back of a police van.

The anti-racism rally was dubbed From Charlottesville to Melbourne: Unite to Fight the Far Right.

Dozens of police escorted up to 300 protesters as they marched to parliament and several people were told to remove face coverings by officers.

The two groups were separated by barricades and scores of armed police.

The state governments new public order laws came into effect on September 13.

They give police power to conduct weapons searches and requ...


ReCollection "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


As part of the Coburg Carnivale, I'm doing a local history project called ReCollection. It's about celebrating the history, faces and places of Moreland.
There will be local history exhibit and documentaries and an opportunity for people to share their stories and memories as part of a filmed oral history collection. 

The event is free. People can book a recording session online or just show up on the day.
There's more information about the project here:

The Carnivale is on Sept 22nd (3pm - 7pm) and Sept 23rd (11am - 3pm).


Music & Performing Arts Holiday Program "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Dear Parents & Caregivers.

We are now taking the final enrolments for our Music & Performing Arts School Holiday Program.

Children will engage in some lovely activities including:

Piano/keyboard, guitar/ukulele, drums/percussion, violin, circus/drama, music theory, music games & more!

Please contact us by visiting our website



By Jo Rittey   For the past 45 years Preston Market has been the fresh food and multi-cultural hub of Melbournes North, with over 6,000sqm of market tenancies ranging from fresh produce to supermarkets and variety stores. The market continues to evolve and the recent addition of new traders and product offerings makes this hidden gem a destination equally suited for []


Sunday, 17 September


Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hello Newlands People.

I'm after someone to mow and whipper snip.

If you know of a local person can you let me know. 

Thanks Brenda 0419006478

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