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HE SAID BOOO-RETURNS! Gay man arrested at gay festival for booing right-wing gays to boo with others next year "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

EXCLUSIVE: A gay man recently arrested at a gay festival in Melbourne for "booing" right-wing gays says he is planning to do it all again next year and is now inviting others to join him in his peaceful protest. [READ MORE]


So will the Turnbull Government come clean about ministers' VIP travel over the last eighteen months? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

It would appear that Australian federal politicians have a long history of using RAAF VIP jets in an extravagant manner.

Take current Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England  Barnaby Joyce as an example. 

News Mail, 28  December 2012:

One Coalition heavyweight, Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce, racked up one of the highest percentages of ghost flights among non-government parliamentarians.
Senator Joyces travel bill totalled some $47,955 for 10 taxpayer-funded flights, primarily between Melbourne or Canberra and St George.
But he was only on board for three of those flights, with the remaining seven costing nearly twice as much as the flights he was on board for - racking up $31,395 worth of ghost flights.

BuzzFeed, 28 July 2017:...


Salsa Dance Night! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


We are very excited to invite everyone to come along to our first Salsa Dance Night. 

The weather forecast is looking promising for an evening of outside dancing. 

All families welcome, prizes for best dressed, delicious food available to purchase and one of the best salsa bands in Melbourne is playing live. 

All dance moves taught on the night by the incredible Carlos.

It's going to be wonderful.


Rainbow Music Group "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



Im so pleased to let you know that the second Rainbow Music Group is now going ahead! It will start this Saturday 24th February.

Here is the link for re-booking for the rest of the term:

The Playgroup runs from 10-11am and then your music session is 11 12.

Please share around your networks as we still have a few places available.


Liz Round.


International Women's Day "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Dear Friends,

You are warmly invited to participate in a free community event for International Womens Day on March 8. Please see the flyer below for information.

The evening will include activities and discussions on themes that will help us all, as one community proudly diverse, to make local advances on the international theme of Press for Progress. Please come and add your voice, connect with others and enjoy celebrating with your community.



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Books 2, 3 and 4 (Eldest, Eragon and Inheritance)  of Christopher Paolini's dragon series. 

Excellent condition hardbacks. 

$10 for the lot.

0405 180 639


Community Houses "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hello Neighbours,

Were looking for your ideas to upgrade the outdoor space at East Coburg Neighbourhood House.

Please spare 1 minute to complete the survey!
Thank you



Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Free if you can use em!

Can anyone use any of these? Cubby house maybe..? 

Sash windows, no frame, ropes broken.

Aluminium fly screens (fit half window in the red brick houses), one has small tear.



W-League Title Eludes Sky Blues Again! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Melbourne City have claimed a third-straight Westfield W-League title, defeating Sydney FC 2-0 in the 2018 Grand Final on the weekend at Allianz Stadium. Both [more]

The post W-League Title Eludes Sky Blues Again! appeared first on The Weekly Times.


How much water do I need to drink per day "IndyWatch Feed"

Water is important for vital body functions. It is important for runners to be able to take on enough water throughout their long and short runs. Or otherwise youll end up dehydrated or bonking.


Most amateur athletes dont drink enough water. Most of them only drink about 1L.

You should drink enough water and water is free all over Melbourne. At many major events there is a water tank for people to fill up their water bottles. Whether itd be at home or at work. Or at uni. Do carry a 1L-2L bottle of water with you everywhere you go.


If you dont like water why not have aloe or Herbalifes tea? Or you can put fruits in it.



Coca Cola and why it is bad for you "IndyWatch Feed"

The rate of obesity in Australia is about 70% and it is growing year by year. The health industry costs taxpayers a lot of money.

At the Royal Childrens hospital, there are lots of Coke products on sale. Here many patients, visitors and hospital staff all rely on Cola to keep them awake or cool on hot days.

Coca-cola has too much sugar and caffeine and that is not good for you. Why? Sugar is bad for your teeth and body and caffeine can keep you awake at night. Moreso too much caffeine is bad for the cortisol levels in your body leaving you higher and higher to stress. Too much of this with little or no exercise leads to the obesity problem.

Most people got diabetes from drinking too much every day

Experts say that it can cause weak bones. And for the ladies, it makes PMS worse.

If we were to use it for Ironman it would be ok as it gives the athletes a lot of energy and we need that energy. We need that sugar to keep us going. But for a regular, non-athletic person, drinking Coke all the time would be bad.

In short: please skip the Coke at the supermarket and instead drink plain water.


Zero G - 19 February 2018 Episode 1172 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ZERO-G #1172

Title: I PANTHER ABAMINYAM Podcast Title: Black Podther

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Black Panther Special!


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


COVER UP! The dark past of disgraced Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in The Valley of the Dolls "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

EXCLUSIVE: Having recently resigned as lord mayor of Melbourne following a number of sexual harassment claims, it can now be revealed that Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle once got a teenage girl to sign a confidentiality agreement after she was sexually harassed by another sleazy politician who made crude remarks to her in person and over the phone. [READ MORE]


Thando on Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Melbourne-based musician Thando is making her way to Western Australia at the end of the month in celebration of her latest single Numb featuring Remi.

She jumped on the phone with Caitlin Nienaber on Breakfast to talk about chance collaborations, musical theatre and the importance of representation.

Play Thando Interview


The Grapevine - 19 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This week Kulja and Dylan speak with Dr Sarah Hayes Research Fellow in Archaeology and History at La Trobe University about the history of prostitution in 19th century Melbourne.

Then, author and humanitarian aid expert, Dennis Dragovic, comes onto the show to discuss his new book No Dancing, No Dancing: Inside the Global Humanitarian Crisis.

Finally, former Australian Children's Laureate, Leigh Hobbs returns with Sally Rippin for the Reading Room.



See (hear) CC:Disco "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Melbournes very own CC:Disco has teamed up with label legends Soothsayer to bring a collection of new music from emerging and underground artists across boogie, balearic, funk, disco and house. Talking about her passions of community radio and getting Australian artists out there in the international music sphere. CC:Disco Firstlight compilations.

Play Vishnu x CC Disco 16.02.18



A renewable energy jobs boom is sweeping across regional Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Renewable energy: powering Australia in more ways than one James Wright  18 Feb 18  A jobs boom is sweeping across regional Australia and theres one industry to thank the renewable energy sector. From places like Gordon in southern Tasmania to Pindari in north-east NSW, new solar installations, windfarms, battery arrays, solar towers and pumped hydro facilities are springing life into regional towns. How are they doing this? By injecting desperately needed investment and job opportunities into remote locations.

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Sunday, 18 February


Lets put an end to the battery cage "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

With the release of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry draft, we're encouraging all members to speak up and have their say on Australias continued use of battery cages. The opportunity to ban or phase out battery cages is now, and may not return for another decade.

These draft Standards will have a lasting impact on the future of the poultry industry. We believe all poultry producers voices should be heard in the debate on battery cages, just as many would remember from the free-range labelling debate in 2015 to 2016.

Put the pressure on Agriculture ministers and your local members, especially in states where the proposal has yet not seen governmental opposition such as Queensland and NSW. Victoria and WA are already on board with the development of better welfare standards than those proposed.

Write to your local member of parliament and tell them what you think about the draft Standards. Some key points to include are:

  1. The Proposed Australian Animal Welfare Draft Standards and Guidelines for Poultry should include a 3-year phase out of battery cages to be considered as providing a responsible solution to consumer and animal welfare demands.
  2. The current proposal provides Options that are inadequate in terms of improving animal welfare because the soonest Australia could see a phase out of battery cages is in 10 years. The entire European Union announced it would phase out cages in 1999 and did so by 2012. If an entire political continent can shift its production methods in less than 13 years, then it should be feasible for Australia to attempt a shorter phase out period of much less than 10 years. Countries in the EU such as Sweden responded immediately by banning the use of cages in laying production from 1999.
  3. More research should be done by the Government on alternative production systems such as pasture-based poultry management systems and regenerative agriculture systems including poultry.

Include further reasons

in your submission as summarised by RSPCA at...


Latest News - Victoria Police News: Graffiti off-colour in Yarraville "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Transit Divisional Response Unit is appealing for public assistance following criminal damage to a train in Yarraville this weekend.


February 19 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

1804 - David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in Tassie.

1810 - Edward Luttrell Jnr, a ships officer and son of Surgeon Edward Luttrell, shot Pemulwuys son Tidbury (Tedbury or Tjedboro) in the face during an argument at Parramatta.

1836 - British Parliament officially proclaimed the colony of South Australia and formally defined its boundaries.
King William IV recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia's founding document, the Letters Patent. It was the first ever recognition of Aboriginal rights granted in Australia's colonial history. But the promise of legal entitlement to the land was never kept.

1852 - That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.

1856 - Exotic dancer (that's exotic NOT erotic you smutty minded people) Lola Montez - who was neither Spanish nor a trained dancer -was greatly displeased with a bad review written by the editor of the Ballarat Times, Henry Seekamp, about her.
So she took to him with a horse whip.
Totally justified, Your Honour...!

1863 - Thomas McGee was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Alexander Brown at Maiden Gully.

1865 - The tender was issued for work on Parliament House for the construction of the Legislative Council foundations.

1877 - A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.

1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building was laid.

1883 - Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.

1892 - Eileen O'Connor, the next possible Aussie saint, was delivered by the stork in Richmond (Struggletown), Melbourne.
She was yet another ballsy gal who took on Rome to establish Our Lady's Nurses For The Poor.

1894 - Steam trams began chugging their way to Bondi; getting a full head of steam up they could gallop along at 65km/ph, birthing the saying "to shoot through like a Bondi tram".

1894 - The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they?
Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes.

1912 - Royal Commission into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Str...


WHY PLANT BASED AND VEGAN? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Rene McCready shares why she sees a plant-based, or vegan, diet as so important for a personal and more global sustainability.

The post WHY PLANT BASED AND VEGAN? appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.


Independent Artist of the Week: Milan Ring "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Producing, engineering, singing, writing and heading up her own label: Milan Ring does it all. Now, the eclectic R&B fruits of her labour are coming into their own.

As a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with constructing idiosyncratic sounds, Milan Ring has really found her groove first with 2017s largely instrumental beat tape Venus Fly Trap and now, with Unbounded, the Sydneysiders first single of 2018.

Playing by her own rules, Milan heads up new collective MXMAY a newly formed creative house producing music, fashion, art, poetry, design and film. Having independently released her own music through the label, shes had a stellar start to the year. From an appearance at Melbournes Sugar Mountain festival, through to supporting Kardajala Kirridarra and Tokimonsta, Milan Ring is making serious moves for 2018.



Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

The post Independent Artist of the Week: Milan Ring appeared first on FBi Radio.


White Night Melbourne 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

If you were an alien arriving last night in Melbourne to see how it functions, you would get a very different image of the city to its usual self.  White Night is an annual night when Melbourne is lit up to reveal wit, wonder and secrets that are hidden in the usual humdrum of everyday.  Streets are closed to traffic and filled with the curious, images are projected onto buildings, and everyone seems very convivial.

After missing last year, I summoned the energy to go along and was thrilled by the creative images on offer, despite the crowds and queues.  I managed to get along to the Exhibition Buildings and the State Library.  Here are some of my snaps of the video projections.

My first port of call was the Exhibition Gardens - an easy walk from the State Library.  I got there half through a cycle, watched another full one while taking photos and watched another while taking no photos.  So I sat through two pauses between cycles.  The countdown was helpful and the way the sections of the buildings moved about gave an indication the messing with our minds that was to come.

The actual cycle through the video was fast, moving along to pulsing insistent dance music with lots of colour and movement.   There is a dome behind the two towers but I guess logistically it was hard to include it.


Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


My daughters have moved out of home and left behind lots of no longer wanted stuff from the last several years, which I'd love to find new homes for.

There's a friendship bracelet kit, balloon animals, chocolate fountain, range of stationary items including good quality colour pencils, cork board,  pink wooden heart, door hanger, selection of A4 folders, folder paper, dividers and document wallets, collection of make up purses, skipping rope - see photos below.

I'll leave it all out on our nature strip at 10 Rasmussen Court Coburg for the next few days (weather permitting) so come and help yourself to anything that takes your fancy!



Tourists on Scooters: Why So Many Dickheads? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Terima kasih. Terima kasih, I repeat over and over, till my throat goes dry and the Indonesian words of gratitude become a meaningless, Australian-flavoured gibberish.

I wince. And fiddle with the label of the plastic water bottle that Ketut pressed gently into my hands. Made chucks me a toothy grin and tells me to breathe as he treats my left leg with Betadine. His hands, baked golden by years of sun with deep ridges of age, dance softly along my calf, imploring my body to express where it hurts. Through salty, wobbly vision, the faces of concerned onlookers swim in and out of focus.

A cat smelling of something rotten, with sticky, sweat-saturated fur, stares at me through a nearby bush. He cocks his head and twitches his nose as I squeeze my eyes shut. Taking off my grit-stained glasses, I rest my head in my hands.

This scene is the result of 19 years of unawareness, and borderline carelessness, of my own mortality. Well, thats not entirely true. In fact, as a rule, I refuse to eat anything past its use-by-date and never leave home without a thick sheen of SPF50+. Yet, somehow, last month I found myself crumpled on the edge of a T-junction with my ankle wedged tightly beneath a freshly-rented scooter.

Its a common enough story for young travellers.

Let go of your inhibitions! they say. Be free, wild and adventurous!

Sure. Fuck yeah! I can do that.

It seems that most Westerners become well acquainted with the hot sting of gravel-grated flesh when scooter-venturing through Southeast Asia. Particularly in Bali, where a culture of helmetless, Aussie Bintang fiends thrives despite the barrage of figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs each year.

An Australian dies in Bali every nine days.

For me, upon arrival on this beautifully balmy island, and with my parents more concerned about angry Mount Agung, the volcano, than the mortality rate of scooter-loving tourists, the statistics faded into white noise and felt about as sobering as Melbournes Dumb Ways to Die campaign. Like thousands of other Western travellers, I felt as if death from misadventure just wasnt me.

As night falls, illuminated by the ever-faithful florescent glow of 24/7 convenience stores, the main streets of Kuta come alive with the shouts of young travellers. Men and women with fre...


The website of Victorian UFO Action "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dear readers,

The family is out for the day, so it's now my time to indulge in my hobby - UFOlogy. 

Today's post is continuing my look at websites of Australian UFO groups. After several years away from the topic of UFOs, this is one way to re-acquaint myself with today's UFOlogy. So after looking at New South Wales and Queensland it is time for my home state of Victoria, and the sole UFO group website I could find, that of Victorian UFO Action.

A few general observations

Interestingly unlike UFO Research (NSW) Inc. and UFO Research (Qld) Inc. VUFOA does not have the word 'research' in their name. I was therefore interested to see just what it is that the group does?

I mentioned in previous posts that I don't usually bother about the appearance of a site, being more interested in the content. However I am going to make an exception for the VUFOA website. It is cluttered; and visually overwhelming to my eyes. It scrolls down and down and down, unlike most website home pages which are short and to the point. Coloured letters and lots of icons don't make for a good first impression with me.


There are nine tabs along the top of the home page,  'Home;' 'About us;' 'donations;' 'members pages;' 'search VUFOA;' 'guestbook;' 'report a sighting;'seek support' and 'more.'

'Home' of course is the home page.

'About us' opens up into 'contact us;' 'team members' and 'media releases.' 

'Contact us' brings up a preformatted form which asks for your name, and email address and allows you to send an inquiry to VUFOA.

'Team members' fi...


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


I have a few things I'd like to sell. 

Make me an offer - anything considered! 

Pick up or view in Coburg North (Newlands Estate). 

Gretchen 0427 203 030. 


Asa's Totally Rad and Narly Exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hello friends,

I'm having my first solo exhibition in about 15 years and would love to see you all there to help me consume a shitload of FREE Hawkers beer and DeBortoli wine! 

It's kid friendly! 

March 2nd 6.30pm at 550 Swan St Richmond.


UNDEAD MAGIC USER HAS A BANDCAMP "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

"Its not a quick listen, its not an easy listen. But it is a must listen." - Resounding Footsteps

Roll the dice!  After wowing Resounding Footsteps a while back with their debut release on Rotten Shape "Master of Dungeons", Undead Magic User has finally got themselves a proper BandCamp Portal - and some new pieces of sprawling atmospheric blackened dice-core.   Improvised atmospherics and painfully-stretched drones meet, with a +5 darkness modifier.

Feel the infinite loneliness and meaningless pomp of being the ceremonial Caretaker of Hell with And Upon That Terrible Throne

Sense the cold and saving-throw-against-frostbite menace of The Cursed Amulet of Ice and Snow.

Or simply armour up, throw caution to the wind, and toss 2d10 to Dispel Magic - it's all up to you.

Some more review quotes to convince you further:

"Undead Magic User creates the most dreadful atmosphere with drones that seem to echo on and on endlessly, giving the listener the feeling that the world they are in is vast beyond comparison but so dark at the same time that they cant see two inches from their face. Its a terrifying feeling that Undead Magic User uses wields with absolute supremacy."

"The listener travels down in the dark, but to what point and purpose? Do they succeed? Do they succumb to the madness and terror that dwells hungrily in the dark? If the track titles are any indication, I dont think the listeners are meant to make it out alive in this one. Its a depressing tale of glory seeking fools who rush into the abyss without realizing the abyss has been waiting for them."

"I love dark fantasy and th...


Madge Digest #149 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Many thanks for your submissions on WAs Farmer Protection Legislation and for signing Stop GM Golden Rice letter asked for in the previous digest. They make a huge difference!

  1. Your help is needed again to get new GMOs regulated by this Wednesday 21st Feb. 

  2. GMO food labelling a possibility in South Australia!

  3. Keep yourself grounded and happy with others who care.

1)Your help needed again to get new GMOs regulated by this Wednesday 21st Feb

Put in a brief submission by Wednesday 21st February (suggested content below). Some scientists and industries see New GM as a bonanza for their careers and profits although it is only five years old and has no history of safe use. We suggest mentioning:

  1. The techniques (CRISPR, RNAi, gene drives and all other new techniques mentioned in this Friends of the Earth GM 2.0 Australian Regulators Engineering the Truth report) are GM.
  2. The new  GM techniques need safety assessments, regulation, labelling and monitoring. The developers of these techniques must be fully liable, including financially, for their products and actions.
  3. The Australian Department of Health has advised the World Trade Organisation* of its proposal to change the Gene Technology Act. I am concerned this may remove the opportunity to acknowlege these new technologies are GM and will close down public discussion of precaution and alternatives. 

If you add a sentence or two of your own it gives your submission much more power.

GM, old and new, thrives on secrecy, manipulation of science, exclusi...


Eat It - 18 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Have you ever heard of a condition called Orthorexia? We hadn't until recently, so we chatted to Dr Rosemary Stanton about what it is (a compulsion to only eat "clean" food) and how it's developed since the 1990s.

Victor Persinette is man who spends a lot of time underground at the Spring Street Grocer's cheese room. He popped in to speak about how to best mature cheese, how blue cheese is formed, and some of the history of various cheese varieties.

To finish today's show we spoke to the man behind Duckboard Place's Lee Ho Fook, Victor Liong. Originally from Sydney we chatted about how Melbourne is perhaps more open to progressive intepretations of Chinese cuisine, and also how he cooks his simple (but delicious) egglant dish.

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Thursday, 08 February


E-Petition in response to new restricting onshore detention visiting conditions "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Please sign the petition here to say no to new and restricting visiting conditions in Australias onshore detention centres. Copied from the petition: Petition Details Petition Number EN0480 Petition Address To the Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives and Members of the House of Representatives Petition Of Certain citizens of Australia Petition Reason Onshore immigration(...)

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Wednesday, 07 February


Climate change threatens natural wonders "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Popular natural tourist attractions including the Great Barrier Reef and Australias famous beaches are at risk because of the damaging effects of climate change, according to a Climate Council report.

The not-for-profit group says Australias tourism is in the firing line as rising sea levels threaten more than half of Australias coastline, heatwaves keep people out of our cities and coral bleaching kills the Great Barrier Reef.

Tourists travel across the globe to see Australias remarkable natural wonders. But these icons are in the climate firing line as extreme weather events worsen and sea levels continue to rise, ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes said in a statement on Thursday.

Some of our countrys most popular natural destinations, including our beaches could become no-go zones during peak holiday periods and seasons, with the potential for extreme temperatures to reach up to 50 degrees in Sydney and Melbourne.

The report, released on Thursday, said Melbourne and Sydney could reach those extreme temperatures even if the government meets its global target set by the Paris Climate Agreement.

If more coral bleaching events occur on the Great Barrier Reef, the tourism areas nearby could see the number of visitors reduced from 2.8 million in 2015 to about 1.7 million per year, the report said.

The council warned climate change may be expanding the distribution of the deadly irukandji jellyfish along Queenslands coast.

As ocean waters warm, many tropical marine species have been observed moving into sub-tropical waters, with irukandji being observed as far south as Hervey Bay and Fraser Island as recently as January 2018, the report said.

The group warns that without effective action by the government to address climate change, the entire northern half of Australia could be deemed unfavourable for tourists within the next 20 years.

The council criticised the governments national tourism plan saying it made no mention of the need to reduce emissions or increase tourism sustainability.

Without credible climate policy that cuts Australias rising carbon pollution levels, the impacts of climate change will only intensify and accelerate across the country over the coming decades, Climate Council acting chief executive officer Dr Martin Rice said in a statement.

While Australia has never been famous for its ski resorts, the industry has already experienced a decline in domestic tourism, the report said.

Further declines in snowfall are projected for all resorts over the rest of this century meaning only the highest peaks such at Mount Perisher and Falls Creek would experience any snow, the council said.

Despite the clear risks tha...


Bitcoin Mania and the Taxi Driver Moment "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Joseph Kennedy, a famous investor in his day, exited the stock market in a timely fashion after a shoe-shine boy gave him stock tips. Many people have used a taxi []

Tuesday, 06 February


Ballarat commuters shortchanged by piecemeal track duplication "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ballarat single track

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has today criticised the state governments piecemeal approach to track duplication works near Bacchus Marsh.

The Melbourne Metro Authority, which is delivering the Ballarat Line Upgrade (BLU) project, announced changes to the project in December 2017, including changing the location of one of the crossing loops. The project originally included 3km of duplication works at Warrenheip, but this was changed to 3km of duplication west of Bacchus Marsh.

The rationale given for this change was that it meant less tree removal and excavation, and that it allowed trains to more quickly move in and out of the stabling facilities that are also planned as part of the BLU project.

However, indicative maps released as part of public consultation show that this duplication will end approximately 1km short of the Rowsley Loop, which was constructed in 2016 meaning the line will go from double-track to single-track and back again in a very short distance.

Shifting the duplication from Warrenheip to Bacchus Marsh, to allow trains to move to and from stabling without causing disruption to revenue services, was a sensible move. But it would be much more sensible if they would just extend the track a little bit further to join up these loops PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever said.

It seems ridiculous that these duplication works will get within sight of the existing Rowsley Loop, but wont actually join up with it.

This introduces a new bottleneck to the rail network, which will make V/Lines operations much more complicated than if they just connected the two up. Having these little low-quality bottlenecks limits the usefulness of the high-quality infrastructure being built further up the line.

Mr Lever also raised concerns that having two separate loops so close together would be an inefficient use of taxpayer funds.

With these track duplication projects, among the most expensive parts are the points and the signals at either end of the loop the flat, normal track in between is comparatively much cheaper. Because there are such big fixed costs, no matter how long the loop is, a 2km loop isnt twice as expensive as a 1km loop and in the case of this project, a 4km loop would not be 33% more expensive than a 3km loop. Once youve committed to paying the fixed costs, its mu...


Australia: Solidarity with Imprisoned Comrades from the Hambach Forest Occupation "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

from Contra Info

Received on 05.02.18

Solidarity from so-called Victoria, Australia, with imprisoned comrades from the Hambach forest occupation in Germany. On January 22nd, cops raided tree houses and barricade structures in the forest, and took 9 people into custody. We took this photo as a small part of the international day of solidarity with the Hambi 9 on February 3rd.

The occupation has for years now been an amazing and inspiring site of resistance against the continued expansion of Europes largest coal mine. It is part of a global struggle against ecological destruction brought on by capitalism.

Freedom for eco-defenders everywhere!


February 7 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1788  - *sticks plum in cheek*
The Col-o-knee orv NSW warz form-o-lee pro-clay-med.
(The joint wot ran on rum was official, like).
David Collins climbed up on his soap box and formally proclaimed the Colony of NSW with Captain Whatshisname Arthur Phillip as Governor and chief cook and bottle washer.

1793 - The good lil free settlers had most pleased the ruler of the Kingdom of Oz and thus he rewarded them with the first land grants at Liberty Plains (now known as Strathfield - Homebush).

1814 - The Hawkesbury Packet sailed from Shoalhaven; Geordy also sailed from Shoalhaven with 1000 ft of cedar as cargo.

1845 - John Vidall was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of Thomas Warne in George St.

1868 - Constable William Griffis (WA) was speared at Nickol Bay Roebourne.

1879 - Kerangie, a steamer ship was wrecked in dense fog off Point Hicks, in eastern Victoria. Crew saved with the assistance of the Government steamer Victoria.

1881 - A pearling cutter named Adela was wrecked ashore in a cyclone, at Mangrove Islands near the Fortescue River, WA.

1881 - Alpha was another pearling schooner that was wrecked ashore in the same cyclone, Mangrove Islands near the Fortescue River, WA.

1881 - Banangara was a third pearling schooner wrecked ashore in cyclone, Mangrove Islands near the Fortescue River, WA.

1881 - Fortescue, the fourth pearling schooner to be wrecked ashore in a cyclone, Mangrove Islands near the Fortescue River, WA.

1881 - Morning Star was a pearling cutter that foundered in the same cyclone, Mangrove Islands near the Fortescue River, WA,where her master drowned.

1890 - Those dratted women were getting in everywhere, even in the doctorin' game when Dr Emma Constance Stone became the first registered female doctor in Oz.

1895 - Alfred Grenon was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the attempted murder of Thomas Heavey at Elizabeth Bay.

1901 - G.S.S. Pearling lugger. Lost near Point Cloates, WA,

1904 - A little something different for rail enthusiasts -
The Spring Vale to Spring Vale Cemetery train line opened for business of transporting the dearly departed to the last choo-choo step in life.

1908 - North Sydney Rugby League Footy club was hatched, winning their first Premiership in 1921 and again in 1922 but have had a rather dry spell ever since.

1911 - Lapwing was a schooner that was lost in a hurricane near Onslow, WA.

1928 - Aussie aviator Bert Hinkler took to the air from England in his record busting 15 day solo flight to Darwin and for his hard work amidst the clouds Bert won 10,000.

1933 - Australian territory in Antarct...


Ban of Eureka flag is against the real Australian identity "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The ban imposed by the Australian Building and Construction Commission on building sites and the promised punishing employers who do not police it, with the loss of government contracts, is causing an outrage. And so it should.

It goes to show the Commission is a political tool in the hands of a government that is hell bent on waging an ideological and physical war against the existence of unionism in the construction industry and Australia in general.

This is not new. The commissions former chief Nigel Hadgkiss was forced to make an inglorious and hasty departure last September, after being found that in his one sided zealousness, he had  breached the Fair Work Act. The new government appointed leadership is the same.

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) national construction secretary, Dave Noonan, said this about the new directive.

Nigel Hadgkiss acted like a partisan attack dog for the Turnbull Government. We can now see that the new leadership of the ABCC is no different. It is very clear that the Turnbull Governments ABCC is not about productivity or industry reform.

The ABCC is merely a taxpayer-funded vehicle for the Liberal Partys culture war against unions.

There are real problems that require the PMs attention, like stagnating wage growth and casualisation of the workforce.

Yet they have gone out of their way to make a specific set of rules a flag that represents a struggle for democracy and fairness.

One doesnt have to be a fan of unions to realise that banning the Eureka flag has implications that go much further than building sites and a government war against unions, acting as a wedge  that drives full steam, towards outlawing the most iconic symbol of that Australia has.

The eureka flag was raised 163 years ago at Ballarats Sovereign Hill, by diggers standing up against tyranny, and it came to represent a nation fighting for represent justice, multiculturalism, mateship, egalitarianism and democracy.

Today we have a government that is increasingly feeling threatened by these very things, and ever more fearful of criticism, moving in the direction of tyranny.

But Eureka has resonated so much over the years that the Southern Cross is even included in the official flag, just under and to the right of the British symbol. This is the enduring power of the rebellion on the goldfields and why the government is so uneasy about the Eureka flag.

To many, it is the real flag of Australia, truly representing the people and not clinging onto the colonial heritage that accompanied white settlement. It is about a people standing on their own feet, making their own decisions and carving....

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