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Saturday, 25 November


Market and Open Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Saturday 25th Nov, 9.00am 1.30pm, Evergreen Retirement Village

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Thursday, 23 November


The Melbourne Fair 2017 "IndyWatch Feed"

Thursday 23rd Nov, 6.00pm Sunday 26th Nov, 6.00pm, Caulfield Racecourse

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Monday, 23 October


Mac DeMarco, The Internet & more announce Laneway Festival 2018 sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Great news for anyone who cant manage (for whatever strange reason) to make it to Laneway Festival 2018, or maybe just wants to double up on their favourite headliner, as Mc DeMarco, The Internet, Slowdive and Loyle Carner have all announced sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne next January.

London rapper Carner has been in the ascendancy for a little while now, having already played his first Australian dates earlier this year, while The Internet of course blew us away at Laneway just a couple of years back. This time around, their show will see each member of the band take to the stage on their own to play solo and band material, making for a nice accompaniment to the festival set.

Mac DeMarco has also been a Laneway regular, and a local favourite too, with his third album This Old Dog copping the triple j Feature Album spot earlier this year, as he gears up to release his next record with The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne.

Better yet, DeMarco will be teaming up with local larrikin Kirin J Callinan, while some of the most exciting news comes as U.K. shoegaze pioneers Slowdive return from their two-decade hiatus to play their first ever Australian shows, having released their fourth album earlier this year.

Billie Eilish, Dream Wife and others will also be playing sideshows, so check out the hype reel below, and full details at the Laneway website.

Loyle Carner Laneway Festival 2018 sideshows

Wednesday 31st January Oxford Arts Factory

Tuesday 6th February 170 Russell

Mac DeMarco Laneway Festival 2018 sideshows

With Special Guest Kirin J Callinan

Monday 5th February Enmore Theatre (All Ages)

Wednesday 7th February Forum Theatre

Slowdive Laneway Festival 2018 sideshows

With Special Guest Kane Ikin

Wednesday 31st January Metro Theatre (All Ages)

Thursday 8th February Forum Theatre

The Internet Laneway Festival 2018 sideshows



Like it or not, youre getting the NBN, so what are your rights when buying internet services? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Like it or not, youre getting the NBN, so what are your rights when buying internet services?

Jeannie Marie Paterson, University of Melbourne

Complaints about the national broadband network (NBN), involving connection delays, unusable internet or landlines and slow internet speed are on the rise.

Read more: When it comes to the NBN, we keep having the same conversations over and over

Most Australians will be forced to move onto the NBN within 18 months of it being switched on in their area, and that means navigating what can be confusing new contracts.

So, what are your rights regarding landline and internet connections?


Many consumers can and do manage without a landline. But particularly for those without a reliable mobile service, a landline can be essential. It is included in many phone and internet bundles offered by internet service providers.

Standard telephone services (primarily landline services) are subject to a Customer Service Guarantee enshrined in law under the Telecommunications Act 1997.

This means that standards apply to common services such as connection of a phone line, repairs of that line and attending appointments on time. The provider will have to pay compensation to the customer if the Customer Service Guarantee standards are not met.

Despite this, some providers suggest a customer waive his or her customer service guarantee rights. There...

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Sunday, 22 October



This gin is pink and it's awfully good. Available at Dan Murphy's and various discerning Northside bars, it sits firmly on the gins to drink list this summer.



Negative skew "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

First-timers surge

It's been obvious that first homebuyers have been pouring back into the major housing markets since the beginning of July.

The housing finance figures, although to date only running to the end of August, confirm as much.

The September and October figures will warrant watching closely when they are finally reported. 

This is potentially only part of the story, though, with many parents now helping their offspring onto the housing ladder. 

Some parents may be cash buyers, while others may simply be financing purchases themselves. 

'Negative skewness'

It was pointed out on the Property Chat forum that although the median auction result in Sydney remained very high on Saturday at $1,295,000, the average or mean result was considerably lower at a shade under $1 million. 

Compare this with the same weekend last year when the mean value of properties sold at Sydney auctions was far higher at well above $1.3 million.

There's a similar trend afoot in Melbourne, albeit not nearly as pronounced.

What gives? 

When the mean is lower than the median - such as was the case in Sydney's auction results this weekend - this indicates a left...


It was a frocking good night "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Louise Avery    When an invitation pops into your inbox mentioning Dior and cocktails in the same sentence there is no hesitation that I would be there.   It would possibly have been my perfect Ab Fab moment except that I had just started a new job and it was a Tuesday night.   Nevertheless, I []


Mantis in wonderland: Leroy on Acland St "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Mantis Kane What do ketogenic diet organic food, astro-turf and pansies have in common? They all feature heavily in Leroy cafs menu. If you are not familiar with the ketogenic diet, its the new paleo, which involves starving yourself of carbohydrates, eradicating sugar and ultimately reaching the high ground of ketosis, where your body []


That Burger Joint, Barkly St "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

D Crumb   It was Sunday night and the cupboards were bare. Hungover and unable to muster the effort to forage around the supermarket for supplies, I opted for take away. The hangover demanded something substantial, meaty, indulgent, unapologetic something to absorb the backwash of cheap beer and wine languishing in my gut. Burger []


Bolivian Majadito Rice Recipe "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Mantis Kane @uflava  James Healey is a co-founder of Uflava, a new start-up food video platform. In spearheading the transition from static food photography to moving food imagery, James is no stranger to all things culinary. But when he puts the camera down and dons the pinny, what does he cook? Heres his go-to []


48H Pizza & Gnocchi Bar "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Mantis Kane @uflava  Claiming to be a genuine Italian restaurant used to be as simple as hiring a few Mediterranean backpackers, dressing them in white overalls and serving thin crust pizzas.  For most, these touch points will suffice, after all, we live in a world of imitation: digitalised music, chemically flavoured drinks, Facebook friends []


Worlds longest-running rollercoaster back on track at Luna Park "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Selby Stewart   St Kilda residents will again hear the familiar sound of screams from Luna Parks iconic Scenic Railway rollercoaster when it rolls back into action after a five-month break.  Currently the worlds longest continuously running wooden rollercoaster, it was taken off the track for repairs.  Luna Park general manager Matthew Butta said []


Boobook owls: St Kildas silent assassins "IndyWatch Feed"

By Fam Charko  Silent death may not be the first phrase that comes to mind while watching an unassuming boobook owl sitting on a tree branch in the St Kilda Botanic Gardens. They do not have attention grabbing features like some other owl species that may have protruding ears, immaculately snow-white plumage, and/or an impressive []


TEDxStKilda 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

After sold-out events in 2015 and 2016, TEDxStKilda is coming to town once more.   The event will take place on 11 October 2017 from 7pm at our local iconic live music venue, Memo Music Hall.   An independently-organised event based on the famous TED conference format and ideals, TEDxStKilda has its own local flavour.   Dealing with []


Latest News - Victoria Police News: Police appeal for witnesses to Melbourne CBD incident "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Detectives from Melbourne Crime Investigation Unit are seeking witnesses to an incident in Melbourne on Grand Final day.


FLAT TO LET "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

We are currently experiencing a housing shortage in Victoria with supply unable to keep up with population growth. This is especially true in Melbourne, where booming population is forcing extensive development. People are urged to embrace higher density living if the city is to keep up with demand for new homes.

New data from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) found that despite record-high levels of housing development, the state had a shortfall of 9,000 new properties in the past two years. It said if that trend continued it would lead to an undersupply in excess of 50,000 houses by 2020...

The homelessness crisis in Melbourne is much worse in the suburbs and on the urban fringe than in the CBD. It's just not as obvious because people are taking shelter in places such as toilet blocks, bushes and cars. Private rentals are expensive, shared accommodation is often full, cheap motels are only a short-term fix and the waiting list for public housing is only getting longer.

Victoria is the fastest growing state in the nation because of the remarkable population growth in its capital. From congested roads to overcrowded public transport, energy, housing affordability and public safety, managing Australias most rapid population growth is an extraordinary challenge.

A total of 77 per cent of our states population live in Melbourne and about 90 per cent of our annual growth settles in the capital. If we continue as business as usual, Victoria by 2051 will see another 3.8 million people in Melbourne but only 690,000 people moving or settling in the rest of state a pattern that is reflected across much of the country.

Not only is decentralisation important to protecting and conserving the capitals liveability, it makes economic sense. Essential Economics observed: It is less costly for government to develop the regions than provide for increased infrastructure to manage increased growth in Melbourne. Indeed, it has been estimated that to provide infrastructure to support a 50,000-person population increase in regional Victoria, it would cost $1 billion, compared with $3.1 billion to provide for the same...


Carrot and smoked cheese nut roast (with vegan option) "IndyWatch Feed"

This nut roast was made in a rush to take to my parents' for a roast dinner.  It was so nice to have leftovers for sandwiches and a quick meals that I wished I made one every week.  I was too busy baking bread and muesli to give it the time it needed.  I ended up grabbing it from the oven and taking it in the car while still hot in the tin.  But it was still delicious.

I ate the nut roast at my parents' place served with roast potato, roast pumpkin, cauliflower cheese, peas and home made tomato sauce.  My mum mad a Guinness chocolate cake for dessert.  What an excellent lunch!  The nut roast was slightly soft but still really good with all those sides.  And we had leftovers!

As is so often the case, the leftover nut roast was really good.  I meant to cook it through more but the weather was too hot for faffing about with an oven.  I ate some for lunch in a salad sandwich with a friend in the park.  We finished it off that night.  Sylvia reluctantly ate half a slice.  I really enjoyed it with salad.

It was the first really warm day of spring with the sort of pleasant balmy night that makes you reluctant to go indoors.  Such hot weather only halfway through spring is a little worrying.  It might be a hot...


Community Houses "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Art is for Everybody, it? | Tuesday 27 June, 6.30 - 8.30 pm 
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Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Free desk.

Free white desk in good nick. 

W120cm x D59cm x H75cm.

Pick up Coburg North.

Lisa 0401 223 760.


Needed "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Boxes for packing/moving, not too many.

Jane 0400 597 728.


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Hi Newlanders.

Great Ikea futon chair for sale in very good condition. $60.00.
Comfy chair that folds out into a single bed.
The cushion has some staining on one panel that is not visible if you fold it under.
You can even have the cushion cover I made out of a single doona cover too!

Pick up Preston
0439 885 221.



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



PICK UP ONLY from Coburg North.

$450 (negotiable) excellent condition. 

Bought from True Blue Gates in Lancefield, Victoria for $595.00. 

Contact:  0412 322 483.



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Paint for sale approx 9 litres.

Bought at Bunnings, painted a small part of wall and changed our minds. 9 litres left, cost $130, sell for $80. Bought last weekend. Colour is just off white. British paints interior water based top coat low sheen. Text 0415 675 585.



Chinese developers buy one-third of Australias sites in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Chinese developers bought almost 40 per cent of the total $5 billion spent on Australias residential development sites in 2016, with a clear trend towards buying up land in far-flung Sydney and Melbourne suburbs, new research shows.

Knight Franks report, The Rise of Chinese Developers in Australia, found Chinese developers bought $2.4 billion of residential development sites in 2016, or 38 per cent of the total value of sites sold.

n 2015, Chinese developers bought 12 per cent of the total value of sites, Knight Frank head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski said.

Overseas investment in Australian development sites has evolved away from high-rises and towards house and land estates. Photo: Supplied

Despite overall total sales falling during 2016, and sales to Chinese developers and investors still being 11.2 per cent lower than the market peak recorded in 2014, their influence has grown, she said.

Since 2012, the size of the average development site bought by a Chinese developer has increased more than 18 times to 21,045 square metres in 2016, largely due to developers moving into lower-density developments.

Chinese developers initially came into Australia looking at a similar product to what they built in China  high-rise developments  theres a perception that Chinese developers only build high-rise projects but were now seeing them buyin...


Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 Fan Club Launched! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


CaribVic is now officially Caribbean Ambassadors for the GC2018  Commonwealth Games 4-15 April on the Gold Coast!!

GC2018 is excited to launch the Community Fan Club program in which they will be bringing communities together to cheer on their nation and sporting heroes at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, 4-15 April!

The nine Community Fan Clubs are:

  • Africa
  • ASEAN (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific
  • Sri Lanka
  • UK

Joining the Fan Club is easy: go to the Fan Club website, select your country and join the Fan Club. Best of all, its free to join for you and your community members!

As part of the Fan Club, you will receive fortnightly emails to learn all about the participating athletes, latest Games news, information on the sports, Gold Coast information as well as prizes and giveaways.

Spread the word and forward the following link!

The post Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 Fan Club Launched! appeared first on Caribbean Association of Victoria |


Jamaica Music and Food Festival 2017! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"


This year, CaribVic Cultural Day 2017 is in conjunction with the Jamaican Musica and Food Festival!

Sunday November 12, 2017 11am 9pm

Seaworks, Williamstown

Click here for tickets on sale now

Watch reggae legends, and an international reggae superstar as The Jamaican Music & Food Festival returns with a huge celebration of roots music, culture & real Jamaican food. Returning to Seaworks, Williamstown on Sunday 12 November, it features sound systems fit for reggae Kings & Queenz, world-class DJs spinning reggae, dub, and dancehall classics for those who know their Buju from Bob, and over twenty food stalls serving up all kinds of Jamaican spice.

Join us for One day, as the Melbourne dockside comes to life with the colours and sounds of Jamaica. With four bars serving up Red Stripe & Rum, plus bass, bass and more bass. Tickets on sale NOW full line up and International headliners soon to be revealed.

The post Jamaica Music and Food Festival 2017! appeared first on Caribbean Association of Victoria |


Women, Weinstein and the Pussy Grabber "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I really needed to do a preface to this article because there is always a shifting uncertainty about where justice lies and how much responsibility we take for our actions. []

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Saturday, 21 October


PACIFIC BLACK DUCKLINGS "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The Pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa) is a dabbling duck found in much of Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and many islands in the southwestern Pacific, reaching to the Caroline Islands in the north and French Polynesia in the east. It is usually called the grey duck in New Zealand, where it is also known by its Maori name, prera. This sociable duck is found in a variety of wetland habitats, and its nesting habits are much like those of the mallard, which is encroaching on its range in New Zealand. It feeds by upending, like other Anas ducks.

Mating in Pacific Black Ducks coincides with availability of sufficient food and water, and often with the onset of heavy rains or when waterways are at their peaks. Courtship is accompanied by ritualised displays including preening, bobbing and wing-flapping. This behaviour is often initiated by the female, and, other than copulation, the male helps little in the breeding process. Often, two broods will be raised in a year. The number of offspring produced may seem quite high, but only 20% of these will survive past two years of age.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the I'd Rather Be Birdin' meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme.



Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE URGENT NEED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVERS TO GO TO MANUS NAVY TAKE-OVER OF MANUS WILL PUT LIVES AT RISK Refugees and asylum seekers in the Manus detention centre have been given individual notices that declares that the centre will be taken over by the PNG navy after 31 October. The(...)


start - [Talks] "IndyWatch Feed"

Next Meeting 30 October 2017 NEW VENUE Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone


Friday night @ Off the Kerb "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Off the Kerb is a favourite for street artists exhibiting and the exhibitions that opened last Friday night were very much about street art.


House of Ghosts by Barek features both paintings and sculptures of Bareks whimsical ghosts. A large ghost house model serves as centre-piece for the exhibition, visible from the street through Off the Kerbs shopfront window. Bareks ghosts and other characters have a narrative sense but often they seem like the ghost of rabbits frozen in the headlights of the artists vision. Although he has long had a presence on Melbournes streets with his paste-ups Barek is now based in Melbourne after moving from Brisbane.


Monday, 09 October


St Kilda Primary School to encourage students to walk to school "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This October, St Kilda Primary will encourage its students to ditch vehicles and walk to school instead. The school is running a program called Active Paths that identifies safe walking paths that lead to the school for children travelling from all four directions. It is a part of the Walk to school month supported by []

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