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Thursday, 21 June

23:24

Sydney unemployment rate falls to 4.2pc "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Manufacturing picks up

Construction employment declined a bit over the three months to May 2018.

As detailed in our free sample report for fund managers and investors, the looming and potentially sharp downturn in construction employment from century-highs as a share of employment is a key risk in Australia. 


However, there was an offsetting strong increase in manufacturing and public sector employment in the quarter. 

Manufacturing employment on the rise might be something of a surprise given auto industry closures, but manufacturing is quite a broad term, incorporating food manufacture for overseas consumers, for example. 

And this has helped to keep the annual average number of unemployed persons declining, albeit glacially, down to 723,900 from 768,400 at the September 2015 peak. 


Sydney's unemployment rate declined again to just 4.2 per cent in May, taking the annual average unemployment rate for the harbour city down to 4.49 per cent - that's the lowest rate since 2008, and hardly the dynamics typically associated with a protracted housing market downturn. 

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23:24

$20k on offer for pollinator projects "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ceder and Stuart Anderson with one of their Flow Hives. Photo supplied.

Entries close soon for a $20,000 funding pool to kickstart pollinator projects.

Beeinventive, the company behind crowdfunding success story Flow Hive, is offering $20,000 to schools and community groups to help make the world a better place for pollinating insects.

Projects may involve direct action such as habitat restoration and preservation, education, or advocacy.

Flow Hive co-inventor Stuart Anderson said, The funding we are making available is something small we can do to help some of the many groups already working to help the worlds 20,000 species of solitary bees and other native pollinators.

Submissions must be received by June 28 and not-for-profits, schools and community groups can outline their project at www.honeyflow.com.au/pollinator-support.

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23:23

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Swallow Rd, South Grafton "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Swallow Rd, South Grafton, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Structure Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 22 Jun 2018 05:57

23:19

Ideas at forefront for written festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Writers Festival Vice Chair Adam van Kempen and Festival Director Edwina Johnson clutching the full program for the 2018 festival released today

After many months of careful curation, the full program for this years Byron Writers Festival has been released, profiling 140 writers and thinkers who will converge at the Elements of Byron resort from August 3 till 5.

Festival director Edwina Johnson says, Were thrilled at how well this years program has been received. Our office phone has been running hot and lots of lovely locals have dropped by to snap up Sundays locals tickets. Were also delighted to discover that many people are coming as a group with their book clubs.

Drawing the regions creative minds and national and international headliners, the festival will again feature inspiring true stories and writers of fiction, politics, society, environment, science, art, music, comedy and children and young adults. Theres something for everyone and apart from the festival itself, there are diverse writers workshops and evening events in Byron Bay and the wider northern rivers region.

True stories

Sharing their inspiring true stories will be young Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif (Daring to Drive), sexual assault survivor Bri Lee (Eggshell Skull) and music teacher of Afghan children, Eddie Ayres (Danger Music).

Other storytellers include Asylum Seeker Resource Centre founder Kon Karapanagiotidis, Jessie Cole (Staying), Sarah Krasnostein (The Trauma Cleaner), Sarah Wilson (First, We Make the Beast Beautiful), Dr Anita Heiss (Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia) and acclaimed historian Henry Reynolds (This Whispering in Our Hearts).

Broadcaster Richard Fidler will take his turn in the hot seat with Saga Land co-author Kri Gslason to explore the Vikings.

Local writers

Local writers include literary luminary Robert Drewe, who will launch his new collection of short stories The True Colour of t...

16:51

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Old Post Office Lane, Ulmarra "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Old Post Office Lane, Ulmarra, NSW 2462
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 21 Jun 2018 18:16

16:16

Liberals continue to behave badly in 2018 - Part Four "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


FIGHTING


Police said they were called to Naji's Charcoal Chicken & Kebabs eatery on Firth Street in Arncliffe just after seven o'clock on Monday night, following reports of a "brawl". The roast chook shop is owned by Michael Nagi, a Liberal councillor for Bayside Council.

The meeting is understood to have turned ugly after an attempt by the moderate faction, which includes Nagi, to allow into the Bayside branch a nearby area, Earlwood, which is controlled by the moderates and has never been a part of the Bayside branch.

This would have constituted what those on the right of the party would class as a "hostile takeover" of their factional control, but a resolution was never reached because the disagreement turned violent.

Police said a man believed to be aged in his forties was taken to St George Hospital and treated for minor injuries....

16:15

After watching this video the next two years of US domestic and international politics will hardly surprise "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



05:46

Population growth quicker than previously estimated (slowing from higher-highs) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Population growth rate: slowing from higher-highs

A somewhat confusing set of figures from the ABS today, with a final rebasing of population estimates from the 2016 Census shaving nearly 20,000 off the estimated resident population of Australia, leaving the population clock now at just a tick over 24,950,000.

That means that the population clock is now projected to hit 25,000,000 in August, a bit later than scheduled.

Interestingly, through, the latest revised figures also showed that the growth in the estimated residential population was quicker during the first half of last year than previously reported, peaking at 408,179 over the year to June 2017, before easing back a bit to 387,969 (or 1.6 per cent). 


The revised numbers showed that net overseas migration into the three most populous states was pacier than previously reported in the early part of last year, with immigration into Sydney temporarily sending New South Wales off the top of the charts (literally so in this case).


Annual immigration into Western Australia has now increased for four consecutive quarters, with the three most populous states now easing, if you take these figures at face value. 

The auditor in me has a sneaking suspicion that there might be a cut-off issue with some of these numbers. However, it does seem that the pace of immigration could be slower this year than last, for a range of reasons as better explored by Signor Pascoe at the SMH and the New Daily. 
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04:01

State budget slammed by Labor and the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The NSW 2018-2019 state budget has bee criticised on a number of fronts by both Labor and the Greens with Labor candidate for Ballina Asren Pugh slamming the Liberal-National governments budget as a con on our local community.

Ballina Labor candidate Asren Pugh. Photo supplied

They have had eight years to prioritise the North Coast and yet the gap between Sydney and the rest of New South Wales continues to widen. We are seeing flat wages growth, increasing cost of living, a crisis in housing affordability and, despite this cash splash, a lack of investment in critical services, said Mr Pugh.

Greens MLC Dawn Walker. Photo supplied

Before the last election this government promised that selling off our polls and wires would bring down electricity prices. Under this government electricity prices have increased 60 per cent since 2011.

Mr Franklin has been running around our community holding fist fulls of dollars, as if that will make us forget eight long years of neglect of our hospitals and schools. That it would make us forget the destruction of our TAFE system.

This government is terrified of losing the next election and is throwing a few sweeteners to try and buy our votes before the election. Our community isnt buying it.

We have the longest elective surgery waiting lists in NSW history and less that 15 per cent of road funding i...

03:39

You Am I at Byron Bay Brewery Sunday, July 8 at 7 PM 10 PM "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

You Am I are without doubt one of Australias all-time essential rock n roll bands.

More than two decades on from their first album release, You Am I have not only had one of the longest and most successful recording careers in Australia, but are also without doubt one of our most loved live bands.

Featuring guitarist and vocalist Tim Rogers along with band mates Russell Hopkinson on drums, Andy Kent on Bass, and (since 1999) Davey Lane on guitar, You Am I have released Ten studio albums to date. Their last studio album was the 2015 critically acclaimed Porridge & Hot Sauce release.

Three of their releases have debuted at number one on the ARIA charts in consecutive order 1995s Hi Fi Way, 1996s Hourly, Daily and 1998s #4 Record with the Albums also receiving multiple Platinum and Gold status for commercial sales.

The band have won a total of Ten ARIA Awards including Album of the year, Best Group, and Best Independent Release.

2013 saw You Am I reissue remastered versions of their first three albums, Sound As Ever, Hi Fi Way and Hourly Daily, complete with extra tracks including never-before-released live material, Demos, alternate versions and Bsides.

In support of these releases You Am I presented live performances of Hourly Daily and Hi Fi Way back-to-back in a lush theatre-styled extravaganza. You Am I sold over 10,000 tickets in Sydney and Melbourne alone, and this sold out run of national shows proved to be one of the most successful tours in the bands long and illustrious career.

2017 was a busy year for Tim Rogers with a pile of You Am I touring, and the release of his first book Detours to critical acclaim.

The band also released a live album All Onboard in December 2017 which was recorded in venues across Australia over 10 shows on their co-headline tour with Hoodoo Gurus. The 16 tracks just happened to be recorded in deep regional areas like Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Traralgan and Canberra, and the album was available digitally and on vinyl.

Aside from musical exploits the band made their first-time foray into the beverage world in 2013 with the production of their own Brew Am I beer in conjunction with the Young Henry Brewery.

In addition to success in Australia, You Am I have released a number of albums internationally, and toured worldwide headlining shows across North America and Europe.

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03:15

Court coal mine decision reveals failure on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Stock images of coal in the Hunter Valley region, Tuesday, July. 15, 2014. AAP Image/Nikki Short.

A Court decision has exposed serious flaws in NSW planning laws. The Courts finding is that the States planning laws do not require decision makers to consider the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and Australias status as a signatory to the Paris Agreement when considering the approval of coal mining projects in NSW.

The Land and Environment Court has upheld the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) decision to approve the extension to Wilpinjong open-cut coal mine near Wollar in the Hunter Valley, despite a challenge on climate change grounds from the Wollar Progress Association, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDONSW).

EDO NSW argued in a February 2018 hearing that the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and the Commonwealth Governments commitment to the Paris Agreement were relevant policies that the PAC was required but failed to have regard to when considering the downstream greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal from Wilpinjong, a substantial proportion of which will be burnt at Bayswater Power Station in NSW.

In light of the finding, EDO NSW CEO David Morris emphasised the need for reform:

This is certainly not the judgement that we, or our clients, wanted. But perhaps its the judgement we needed. We now know that aspirational policy statements, like those contained in the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, fail to have any meaningful application to NSW mine approvals. Its these approvals and the coal which is consequently mined and burned that represent NSWs greatest contribution to global climate change. The Government can no longer claim, or proceed under the illusion, that their policies on climate change have an on-ground effect. They dont the Courts judgement shows they are merely words that do not translate to action.

This decision adds weight to the need for law reform to make climate change a critical factor in determinations about projects which will contribute to it. This...

02:55

Australia's health 2018 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-statistics/health-welfare-overview/australias-health/overview Australia's health 2018  is the AIHW's 16th biennial report on the health of Australians. It examines a wide range of contemporary topics in a series of analytical feature articles and short statistical snapshots. The report also summarises the performance of the health system against an agreed set of indicators.

 

Australia's health 2018: in brief  is a companion report to Australia's health 2018.

 

https://www.aihw.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/2018/june/our-health-report-card-is-in-and-here-s-what-we-ca Media Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02:50

Byron firefighters needed, info night tonight "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Rural Fire Service firefighter lights a blackburn to stop a blaze. (supplied)

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is calling for community-minded men and women to consider joining the retained (on-call) firefighter ranks at Byron Bay Fire Station. 

Organisers say retained firefighters are on call from home or work to respond to fires and other emergencies. There are currently four vacancies for retained firefighters at Byron Bay Fire Station.

Deputy captain Matt Crisp said, Your local fire station relies on people in the community to put their hands up to become firefighters without that support, regional fire stations cannot survive, he said.

Crisp said training includes advanced first aid, heavy vehicle driving and emergency training. Firefighters also educate the community on fire safety and prevention.

Applicants must live close enough to be able to attend the station within a reasonable time, and be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

An information evening shall be held at Byron Bay Fire Station on the evening of Thursday June 21 from 6pm. Those interested are invited to meet the Byron Bay team, talk about the role of a retained firefighter, have a look at the station and equipment, and ask questions. 

For more information, contact Matt on 0421 498 340 or visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au.

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02:50

The Boys of Wexford memory and memoir "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

We are the boys of Wexford, who fought with heart and hand
To burst in twain the Saxon chain, and free our native land!
The Boys of Wexford, RD Royce 1898

It was on this day in 1798, during the Irish rebellion against British dominion, that the Battle of Vinegar Hill took place at Inis Crthaid, now the second-largest town in County Wexford.

The Irish Rebellion of 1798 (ir Amach) also known as the United Irishmen Rebellion, was an uprising against British rule in Ireland lasting from May to September 1798. The United Irishmen, a republican revolutionary group influenced by the ideas of the American and French revolutions, were the main organising force behind the rebellion. It was led by Presbyterians angry at being shut out of power by the Anglican establishment whilst Catholics became increasingly involved. Plans called for significant French support, which never eventuated. The uprising was poorly organized, uncoordinated, and quickly suppressed by much more powerful British forces. Both sides indulged in bloody reprisals. Between 10,000 to 30,000 souls perished, most of them Irishmen and women of all denominations.

The rebellion raged Ireland-wide, but County Wexford was at its heart. Overlooking the town, Vinegar Hill was the site of the largest camp and the headquarters of the Irish rebels who controlled County Wexford for thirty days against vastly superior English forces, and it was there, after inflicting several defeats upon the insurgents that the English sought to finally destroy the rebel army. Battle raged on Vinegar Hill itself and in the streets of Enniscorthy with considerable loss of life among both rebels and civilians. It marked a turning point in the rising, being last attempt by the rebels to hold and defend ground against the British military.

The famous statue in the market square of Enniscorthy shows the doomed Father Murphy, a leader of the 98, pointing the way to Vinegar Hill for a young volunteer, The Croppy Boy.

02:34

Byrons Video Connection to close "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Rick Burns is saying goodbye to customers after 13 years as the last video shop in Byron Bay closes its doors for the last time this Sunday. Photo Aslan Shand.

Are you a movie buff? Would you like to add to your collection some rare DVDs or perhaps there are some series that you cant get on TV or streaming services that youd like to get your hands on? Well you have until June 24 to get into Video Connection in Byron Bay to lay your hands on them.

Having run the story for thirteen years Rick Burns ,who runs the last video store in Byron Bay is finally calling it a day.

Originally we had 260m2 floor space and kids would play hide and seek for hours while parents ran into friends and would end up having a catch up, said Rick as he reminisced about the hey day of the store.

The closure of the cinema in the Bay and parking at Woolies has had a big impact along with the slowly declining client base as people move to streaming services. However, Rick points out that there are still a lot of movies and shows that arent available on streaming services and that he has had a good and loyal customer base that has enjoyed his 18,000 strong collection.

This is something people have always had and it is tragic to lose it, said one customer who was in collecting their DVD.

While the Mullum Video store has reduced its floor space the Brunswick Heads Video store is about to be featured in the New York Times and say they are still going strong.

Weve been here for 23 years as a family business, said owner Rae Gentle. We have two shop fronts  and we have a lot of clientele who use us as well as holiday makers who all come in it is a bit of a novelty for them. Well hopefully be here for a few years yet.

So if you would like to add to your collection rather than just hire now is your chance to get down to Video Connection on Jonson Street in Byron before all the best titles are gone.

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02:20

Google no substitute for libraries "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Environmental lawyer Sue Higginson is the Greens candidate for the state seat of Lismore in the 2019 election

The recent sate budget announcement that the NSW government will cut library funding by 18 per cent has caused an outcry not only from the NSW public libraries association but also Greens candidate for the seat of Lismore, Sue Higginson.

Our libraries are such an important community asset and resource. Everyone has a library story. When I had my first child and I lived quite remote I used to take my child to the Lismore Library to read stories, borrow books and really importantly, meet other parents. Now 26 years later my daughter takes my 9 month old grandson to story reading sessions, said Ms Higginson

She meets other parents, he interacts with other infants and only last week the fire brigade came to show the children what a fire truck and fire fighter looks like up close.

Research indicates that every dollar spent on public libraries delivers a community benefit of around $3.20 and that use of libraries is on the increase, particularly for less advantaged members of our community. Its unfair and bad business when the Lib/Nat coalition is announcing a $4 billion surplus that our public libraries are being run into the ground.

Dallas Tout, President of NSW Public Libraries Association (NSW PLA), representing a network of 368 public libraries across the State said that these new cuts constituted a major blow to library services that were highly valued by local communities.

NSW public libraries receive over 35 million visits every year and these appalling funding cuts will result in shorter opening hours and cuts to programs that the community love, like the popular childrens story times.

Well see reductions in staffing, smaller collections and cuts to important outreach services like mobile libraries.

Unfortunately, many of our libraries will be forced to wind back services used by community members who are already marginalised, including young families, older people, refugees and migrant communities, and people without access to technology.

Ms Higginson highlighted her concern that the reduced resources would have on the community, particularly the disadvantaged.

The state governments contribution to libraries has decline...

01:57

Recognising the hidden homeless "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

(L-R) Lynne Deans, customer service manager Tweed Heads Bowls Club, Freds Place co-manager Anthony Moerman, and Linda Williams, St Vincent de Paul Societys special works manager. Photo supplied.

Every wondered what it would be like to be homeless?

Launching the annual community sleep-out to support St Vincent de Paul Societys drop-in service at Freds Place in Tweed Heads on Tuesday 26 June there will be a display with a simulated camp that will be made up of typical kinds of shelter that homeless people use. Set up in the parkland at the rear of Seagulls Club, Gollan Drive, Tweed Heads West there will be large cardboard boxes, small tents, tarps and sleeping bags, old couches, and the back of cars  typical shelters that the homeless use.

While many people are sleeping rough in parks, beach dunes and other public places, hidden homelessness is an even larger problem, said St Vincent de Pauls North Coast Executive Officer, Michael Timbrell.

August is fundraising month for Freds Place, which receives no government support and relies on funding from the Society and community donations, including pledges for volunteers who will be sleeping out on August 30.

In this area alone, hundreds of people are couch surfing, often in overcrowded households, sleeping in their cars or paying rents they can ill afford in caravan parks and boarding houses, said Mr Timbrell.

The levels of poverty and homelessness on the North Coast are the highest in NSW, and the challenges are particularly acute now that the colder weather is upon us. Were running the Vinnies Winter Appeal right across the North Coast, but the local focus of this special fundraising is Freds Place in Tweed Heads.

Freds Place is the only homeless drop-in service in the Tweed Shire, providing bathroom and laundry access, meals, and a range of other essential supports.

The August 30 sleep-out venue is being provided by Seagulls Club, one of the Tweed Clubs group that last year committed to ongoing sponsorship. Other local businesses and individuals are being approached fo...

01:20

NSW budget and you "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Hans Lovejoy

Lets explore the state governments 2018-19 budget report for the Ballina electorate!

In case you missed it (ICYMI), the Ballina electorate covers Byron and Ballina local government areas and your local representative in NSW parliament is Greens MP Tamara Smith.

The NSW Budget 2018-19 Electorate Report (Ballina) is a simple 13 page document that lists capital projects, transport projects, Restart NSW fund projects and regional grant funds across this electorate. While theres many projects that have been previously announced, theres a few new items.

Capital works for the area this financial year include $49.6 million for a new Ballina High School.

A social housing upgrade will receive $1,147,000 and comes without any details. Similarly a $500,000 coastal infrastructure program has no detail.

As for transport, a total of $14,497,000 is listed for capital projects, operating projects and maintenance. These projects are of course largely to do with road improvements and a few footpaths, but it also includes a Transport Access Program for the proposed Byron Bay interchange. 

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00:25

Powered paragliders reach the snow-capped crest of Mt Kosciuszko "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Andrew Polidano in flight. Photo supplied.

From the lowest point to the highest Ballina based paramotor pilot and instructor Andrew Polidano was among a group of paraglider pilots who travelled 1600km from the lowest point of the country at Lake Eyre (49ft below sea level) to the highest point of the snow-capped crest of Mt Kosciuszko (7310ft above sea level).

Each pilot was flying backpack motorised fan aircrafts known as powered paragliders. The experienced pilots were exposed to the harsh weather elements of both the South Australian outback and Australias highest peak.

Spending a total of 18 hours in the air, the pilots were equipped with a two-stroke engine on their back, flying a paraglider and a reserve parachute.

We flew over some indescribably beautiful and remote country, slept under the outback stars and accomplished something that hasnt been done before, said Andrew.

Starting our trip in Lake Eyre last month, we hit some challenges along the way, like unexpected strong winds and turbulence in the Flinders Ranges, that forced us out of the sky.

To achieve the flight up to Mt Kosciuszko, we required a strategic take-off and several attempts- due to the turbulence associated with the upper winds, which were exceeding 100km/hr. Only three of our pilots made it up there, but the view was awe-inspiring, a spectacular sight overlooking the snow-capped mountains.

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00:20

Real resource constraints and fiscal policy design "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There is an interesting dilemma currently emerging in Australia, which provides an excellent case study on how governments can use fiscal policy effectively and the problems that are likely to arise in that application. At present, the Australian states are engaging in an infrastructure building boom with several large (mostly public sector) projects underway involving improvements to road, ports, water supply, railways, airports and more. I travel a lot and in each of the major cities you see major areas sectioned off as tunnels are being dug and buildings erected. Not all of the projects are desirable (for example, the West Connex freeway project in Sydney has trampled on peoples rights) and several prioritise the motor car over public transport. But many of the projects will deliver much better public transport options in the future. On a national accounts level, these projects have helped GDP growth continue as household consumption has moderated and private investment has been consistently weak to negative. But, and this is the point, there have been sporadic reports recounting how Australia is running out of cement, hard rock and concrete and other building materials, which is pushing up costs. This is the real resource constraint that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) emphasises as the limits to government spending, rather than any concocted financial constraints. If there are indeed shortages of real resources that are essential to infrastructure development then that places a limit on how fast governments can build these public goods. The other point is that as these shortages are emerging, there is still over 15 per cent of our available labour resources that are being unused in one way or another 714,600 are unemployed, 1,123.9 thousand are underemployed, and participation rates are down so hidden unemployment has risen. So that indicates there is a need for higher deficits while the infrastructure bottlenecks suggest spending constraints are emerging. That is the challenge. Come in policies like the Job Guarantee.

Infrastructure boom yet idle labour

Australia is currently enjoying a major infrastructure spending boom via several large-scale projects in the States and Territories, but also at the Federal level (for example, the National Broadband Network construction).

There is no doubt that one of the major reasons Australias GDP growth has been relatively robust in recent years is due to this large public spending commitment.

The first graph shows movements in State Final Demand indexes from the March-quarter 2008 to the March-quarter 2018 (most recent data). The March-quarter 2008 was the peak of the last cycle before the GFC slowdown.

The humps in WA and Northern Territory between 2012 and 2015 relate to the Mining boom (mostly private investment) which is now well and...

00:00

June 21 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


1797 - Merino sheep imported by John Macarthur (2 rams, 4 ewes) and Samuel Marsden (1 ram, 1 ewe) arrive from the Cape aboard Reliance with stores for the colony.

1810 - Today wasn't too flash for Lieut William Paterson when he carked it at sea on the voyage home to England.

1830 - Thomas McCormick was hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting the occupants in fear.

1836 - Terence Saville was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.

1836 - James Sproule (alias Fraser) was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.

1842 - An escape attempt at Norfolk Island in the brig Governor Phillip was quelled. Six convicts were killed, four are later executed.

1845 News of the discovery of a rich body of copper ore at Burra, South Australia was published in Adelaide newspapers.

1856 - Having explored the Victoria River and having time on his hands, Augustus Charles Gregory set out to traverse northern Australia from east to west.

1859 - Wentworth (the NSW town, not the TV series) was named after the New South Wales explorer and politician William Charles Wentworth.

1869 - A privately built telegraph line between Perth and Fremantle, WA, opened.

1871 - Sandhurst joined the ranks of Cities although it later changed it's title to that of a boxer, Bendigo.

1875 - The Victoria Bridge, Maitland, NSW, opened.

1876 - George Pitt was hanged at Mudgee for the murder of Ann Martin at Guntawang.

1878 - The Bank of South Australia opened for business in its new building.

1883 - The Piangil Railway Line (Vic) aka the Swanhill Railway Line (strangely also in Vic) was extended from Raywood to Mitiamo.

1886 - Wong Tong was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of Kok Tow near Bundaberg.

1887 - The South Coast Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Clifton - Wollongong.

1887 - The Crow Eater Governor, Sir William Robinson, escorted by nearly 1200 mounted troopers, soldiers, marines and a number of brass bands, and led by the mounted police on their greys, moved down North Terrace to the Jubilee Exhibition Building next to the University. There he officially opened the 1887 Jubilee Exhibition which was to run for a year.

1887 - In Ballarat the Queen Victoria's Jubilee Foundation Stones were laid for the Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery & Old Colonists Hall.

1887 - Peats Ferry - An excursion train from Sydney ran out of control down the steep Cowan Bank. There were two other trains full of holidaymakers standing at the platforms at Hawksesbury River station and disaster was only averted by t...

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23:44

Court issues warrant for arrest of owner of menacing dog "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A file image of a typical American Staffordshire terrier. Photo Wikimedia.

The Magistrate at the Byron Bay Local Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of the owner of a menacing dog after she failed to appear in court last week.

It followed an incident in Byron Bay in January 2018 when the defendants dog, an American Staffordshire terrier, badly injured a toy poodle and bit the poodles owner and another person at a property in Jonson Street.

The poodles neck was ripped open during the attack and it was revealed the Staffordshire terrier was a declared menacing dog after biting a six year old boy in Sydney in 2016.

Staff from Byron Shire Councils Animal and Enforcement team investigated the incident and found the dog was not muzzled or under effective control at the time of the attack as was required under the Companion Animals Act.

Given the severity of the injuries to the poodle, and the seriousness of the matter, staff issued a Court Attendance Notice in lieu of an on-the-spot fine.

Council staff could not intervene concerning the control of the dog as the owner relocated to Queensland.

Councils Legal Counsel, Ralph James, said that when the defendant failed to appear in court her solicitor withdrew from proceedings and the matter was dealt with in her absence.

The defendant was convicted and a warrant issued for her arrest.  The court also ordered that she pay $7,600 in professional costs and witnesses expenses.

The Magistrate indicated that he was not prepared to impose a fine in the defendants absence because it did not indicate the seriousness of the matter, Mr James said.

The defendant was also disqualified for life from owning a dog or being in charge of a dog in a public place, he said.

When the defendant is ultimately brought before the court she is facing a maximum penalty of $22,000 or four years in prison, Mr James said.

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23:31

Tweed council staff try out Brisbane Valley Rail Trail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Tweed team takes a short break to listen to some design and construction advice from Councils Senior Design Engineer Warren Boyd. The President of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Association Paul Heyman is pictured at front right. Photo supplied.

What better way to work out good design than getting hands on or in this case, on bike when you are designing a bike path than cycling along a successful bike path? That is exactly what staff from Tweed Shire Council did last weekend when they rode 40km along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVBT). 

Council staff working on the design of the first stage of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail joined the president of the trails users association Paul Heymans to learn lessons from their experience with the ongoing construction of the 162-kilometre trail BVBT and its operation.

We spent several hours riding the trail with Paul and discussing all aspects of how they established the trail and how it has grown over the past decade, northern rivers rail trail project manager Iain Lonsdale said.

The research ride allowed the team of design engineers and environmental scientists the opportunity to inspect the different kinds of surfaces used along the Brisbane Valley trail, which will help Tweed decide the best design option for Stage 1 of the Northern Rivers trail from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek.

We also saw how Brisbane Valley used the existing rail infrastructure, incorporating bridges, tunnels, railway track, signage and station buildings into their design.

On the day of the ride, the Brisbane Valley trail was hosting a 160-kilometre endurance run with refresher stations and supporters at various points along the trail.

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23:29

Man arrested over outstanding warrants Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore police station. File photo

A man wanted on outstanding warrants has been arrested in the states north.

About 9.25am yesterday (Wednesday 20 June 2018), officers from Richmond Police District arrested a 28-year-old man at Lismore Police Station.

Police executed four outstanding warrants for domestic and parole offences.

He was refused bail and is due to appear before Lismore Local Court today (Thursday 21 June 2018).

The post Man arrested over outstanding warrants Lismore  appeared first on Echonetdaily.

23:00

Extradition over serious crash, Tuncester, near Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man appeared in court yesterday after being extradited from Cairns, Queensland after three passengers were seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in Tuncester last year.

Shortly after 3.30am on Sunday 8 July 2017, the driver of a Ford Falcon with three passengers on board was allegedly travelling at high speed on Naughtons Gap Road. The vehicle hit an embankment causing it to roll several times, landing on its roof.

The occupants, a 25-year-old man, a 26-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman sustained life threatening injuries and were taken to Lismore Base Hospital.

Following the crash, the 34-year-old man allegedly fled the scene without rendering assistance to his passengers.

Officers from Richmond Police District were alerted and commenced investigations.

Following investigations, Queensland Police arrested the man on the outstanding warrant at Townsville on Thursday 14 June 2018.

Detectives from Casino on Tuesday 19 June 2018, travelled to Cairns and successfully applied for the mans extradition.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm x 3, failure to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm x 3, and negligent driving occasions grievous bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court today on Wednesday 20 June 2018 and was refused bail again to reappear at the same court on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

The post Extradition over serious crash, Tuncester, near Lismore  appeared first on Echonetdaily.

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NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Armidale Rd, Tyringham "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Armidale Rd, Tyringham, NSW 2453
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20:09

Hawksbill Sea Turtle release "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Hawksbill Sea Turtle. (supplied)

On March 15 a gentleman at Brooms Head  rescued a critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle that was floating in the shallows, he put it in his wheelbarrow and took it home to look after for the night under the instruction he covered it in damp towels to keep the turtle hydrated.

Named Amber, she weighed just over 7kgs when she arrived at the Ballina Byron Sea Turtle Hospital.

She was covered in burrowing barnacles and had some major infections due to the wounds caused by the barnacles and had some pink ulcers on her skin. Over the next few weeks we carefully removed the barnacles and treated her deep wounds, said a spokesperson for the Ballina Byron Sea Turtle Hospital.

She received numerous courses of antibiotics and vitamin injections and after four months of care, Amber has now put on weight and all of her wounds are completely healed.

Amber is being  released this morning, Thursday June 21 at 8.30am at the northern end of Lighthouse Beach Ballina near the surf club.

Volunteer Dan Twomey, who helped to rehabilitate her, will be releasing Amber at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina.

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16:16

At last! A way to gaol the entire Turnbull Government "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"




The Criminal Code Amendment (Impersonating a Commonwealth Body) Bill 2017 (the Bill) will introduce new offences and a new injunction power to prohibit and prevent conduct amounting to false representation of a Commonwealth body.

It is essential that the public can trust in the legitimacy and accuracy of statements made by Commonwealth bodies. The amendments are critical to ensure the public has confidence in the legitimacy of communications emanating from Commonwealth bodies, thereby safeguarding the proper functioning of Government..

The Bill introduces a primary offence where the person is reckless as to whether their conduct will result in, or is reasonably capable of resulting in, a false representation. These amendments also create a new aggravated offence where a person engages in such conduct with the intent to obtain a gain, cause a loss, or influence the exercise of a public duty.
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16:15

Trump's Truth "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


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15:46

July Forum: Settlement of refugees & AGM "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 5 Jul; 7:00 pm; ] Settlement of refugees forum details will be released closer to the event. The AGM will be held before the forum with office bearers elected and Convenors of Action Groups endorsed. A brief year in review by Action Group convenors and vision for the future year will be presented by the current convenor Iain MacKay. Settlement of refugees [...] full article 

15:46

Visions for Armidale Creeklands AGM "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 21 Jun; 5:30 pm; ] Any interested in joining our not-for-profit association and all existing members are invited to come along to our 1st Annual General Meeting - to be held upstairs at the Armidale Bowling Club (Dumaresq St) - at 5.30 pm on Thursday June 21, 2018. Please put the date on your calendar and let any of your friends know about this important event [...] full article 

15:36

Prickly Problems Project launch "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Saturday, 23 Jun; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] You're invited to the launch of the Prickly Problems Project and to celebrate 16 years of Armidale Urban Rivercare projects. Saturday June 23, 10-12pm at Creeklands Behind Phil Wheaton Oval, Erskine St Free brunch by Dumaresq Lions Club All Welcome full article 

15:16

VIDEO: Save Ugly "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Wilderness Society have rebooted their look with the tag line Life. Support. and refreshed their campaigns with the latest being Save Ugly. Its a new angle on an ongoing problem of motivating people to value threatened environment and animals. The campaign video is styled on childrens tv with a music video that stars American actress and [...] full article 

05:40

Planning panel put on notice over West Byron developments "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tuesdays (June 19) meeting of the Joint Regional Planning Panel hearing submissions from the community into the proposed West Byron developments. Photo Aslan Stand

Chris Dobney

If any member of the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) was in doubt that Byron residents are in total opposition to the plans of two groups of developers to carve up the West Byron wetlands into 667 housing lots, they would have been thoroughly disabused after four hours of passionate and informed speeches by opponents at Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Tuesday evening (June 19).

Out of the 30-odd speakers there was not a single speech in favour of the proposal.

The meeting had been a long time in coming and was the first opportunity for residents to have their say in four years, following the much maligned 2014 community consultation that was described at the meeting as a farce.

The five-member panel that will ultimately decide the fate of the proposals consists of: chair Garry West, a former National Party government minister; former bureaucrats Stephen Gow and John Griffin; and neighbouring councillors Katie Milne (Tweed Greens mayor) and Vanessa Ekins (Lismore Greens councillor).

Cr Ekins sent her apologies but Mr West told Echonetdaily she would be provided with the recordings of the sessions and all of our notes.

Signs of protest outside Tuesdays (June 19) Joint Regional Planning Panel meeting. Photo Chris Dobney

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03:51

Byron Bay Pop-Up Science Centre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Saturday at 10 AM  3 PM

Cavanbah Centre Byron Bay

Spin yourself until youre dizzy, compare your reflexes to a Formula 1 driver and see your fingertips under the microscope with the Shell Questacon Science Circus.

Cavanbah Centre will be overflowing with exciting hands-on science exhibits when the Science Circus and their colourful semi-trailer roll into town for an exhibition of their pop-up science centre.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy over 40 interactive science exhibits and watch spectacular science shows as Science Circus presenters hold fire in their hands, lie on a bed of nails and levitate beach balls.

Admission:
Adult $6, Students/Concession $5, Family $18, Children under 5 and Q Club Members FREE.

There will be a small shop. Children under 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

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03:20

The Big Lift Coming to the ASX "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Todays Daily Reckoning Australia is taking you to the United States. But were not going to discuss the trade war rhetoric or international relations today. Were going to go house shopping.

After all, thats what plenty of Americans appear to be doing. I can say that because Harvard University just released its latest State of the Nations Housing report. Its been issued annually every year for three decades.

Good news for the economic outlook! The rate of people renting is in decline and home buying is rising. Thats no surprise.

America is due to see an additional 12 million households form over the next 10 years as millennials move into their peak earning years and the baby boomers live longer, plus net migration.

It should be affordable too. Median monthly payments on a modest home are actually lower in real terms than they were in 1988.

Thats despite some prodigious gains in some US housing markets since the bottom around 2011. Its all thanks to lower interest rates. The outlook for growth here is very good.

This might all seem a bit ho-hum to you sitting here in Australia, like me. But its vitally important. The mainstream news will always quote the US stock indices, but rarely anything about this.

Thats despite the fact that the average US consumer generally doesnt own stocks. But they do own houses.

Healthy real estate and job markets will drive US consumer spending. A US recession seems a distant prospect for now, while these other factors appear so strong.

We can say the same thing about Australia.

Theres plenty of people who love to scare us all with how high private debt levels are here. Not so fast on that. I saw some figures this week that suggest this is not as extreme as nominal figures appear.

If you net out the level of deposits against the gross debt, you get a debt figure of 100% of income and not 200%, as is often bandied about.

Thats not necessarily going to save some geezer whos geared to the hilt and bought at the peak of the mining boom in some regional town.

But Australia is probably less vulnerable to a systemic real estate collapse than most people assume. Repayment statistics are close to their long-term trends.

Theres also the intriguing development of the NSW government deciding to establish a Future Fund in its latest budget, with an initial $3 billion in the kitty.

Heres why this is worth keeping an eye on Should a real estate problem appear, or even general slowdown hit in NSW, it takes no imagination whatsoever to conceive the politicians pouring this money into the economy to jack things up again.

But on th...

03:19

Searching DFAT's records for traces of Ms Bishop's numerous representations to North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last Thursday The Australian newspaper published this report. It included this text: Former veterans affairs minister Stuart Robert, who has taken up the campaign by the families of the Korean War MIAs for answers, said the wheels were already turning for Australia to join the US and get boots on...

02:56

Splendour in the Grass 2018 Arts Program "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

 

 

Sacrifices. Graveyards. Ritual burials. Just another day at The Barn with artist ANDY FORBES!  Influenced by the realms of religious cults, fetish and socio-political taboos, get ready for some graveyard boogie with spooky DJs in the barn window, audience interactive comedy, and sacrifices when Andy returns to present THE WITCH HUNT and PICKLES FAMILY FUNERALS.

Meet THE CLEANERS! Presented by SHOCK THERAPY PRODUCTIONS, the scene begins with a completely white living room that sits 7 metres above the ground. Two cleaners in white uniforms take great pains to maintain the rooms perfect whiteness. On the ground below sits a giant slingshot. Beside the slingshot, a large collection of mud-filled balloons. Let the games begin. Fights, meltdowns, existential crisis; who knows what will unfold.

With head spinning geometric patterns that are like mind-bending optical illusions,...

02:22

Carte blanche for developers on old Byron sewage plant site? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shire Councils sign at the entrance to the old South Byron STP site. Photo Patrick Campbell

Aslan Shand

Questions are being raised around how the process for the remediation and future outcomes of the South Byron sewerage treatment plant (STP) are being delivered, with a key concern being the opportunity for community input. 

The site, at 1 Broken Head Road, was decommissioned in November 2005 and has since had around half the remediation work required done, according to councillor Paul Spooner. 

However, since its closure it has been adopted by wildlife and birds as well as becoming a clam and magic place for locals and visitors alike said local biologist Dr Mary Gardner. 

This Thursday, Council will most likely go into a confidential session to discuss the nine expressions of interest (EOI) that have been put in to council that will most likely determine the future of the site. 

The reason the site has been able to go straight to EOI without community consultation is because it is classified as operational land not community land, therefore it doesnt require a plan of management (PoM), according to Phil Holloway, director infrastructure services. 

Council understands there is a community desire for the property to be redeveloped into parklands and community open space but we do not have the money to do this and then maintain into the future, Mr Holloway said.

While he states that Council would like to maintain the land for  the provision of public open space for community and environmental benefit he also highlights that council could put...

01:26

Byrons new shopping mall just months away from opening "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An artists impression of Mercatos facade. Image www.mercatoonbyron.com.au

Paul Bibby

A shiny, new creature is gradually emerging from the earth in downtown Byron Bay.

For the past 18 months, workers have swarmed over a large building site next to the Jonson Street Woolworths, creating a rolling soundtrack of construction noise that most locals are now used to.

The town is no stranger to development of course, but this project heralds something quite different Byrons first major shopping mall.

In approximately five months time, the doors will open on Mercato on Byron a multi-level centre complete with basement car parking, a cinema complex, and shiny shops catering to your every want and need.

Some see it as a welcome addition that will attract more visitors and create local jobs, while others bemoan a further Gold Coastification of the Shire.

So what are we actually going to get?

At 7,895m2 set over two levels, not including the carparks, the combined floorspace of the development is much smaller than a Westfield-style mega mall.

Its design is less sprawling than the older-style centres at Tweed and Ballina, thanks to a double-level, 321-vehicle underground carpark directly beneath the shopping and entertainment area.

Cinemas

Plans for a bowling alley went by the wayside somewhere during the planning process, so the malls main entertainment feature will be a nine-theatre cinema complex.

Much like its three-cinema predecessor, the new facility will be run by Palace Cinemas, with its international and independent offerings.

There was due to be an art gallery included in the complex. However, this now appears to have morphed into an open space for artisan market/gallery and performances. Exactly what this is remains to be seen.

That leaves the shops an as...

01:25

A story to raise suicide awareness "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullumbimby-based writer and filmmaker Jesse Blackadder.

Organisers of a suicide prevention and awareness project are calling upon those who have recovered from suicidality to join an eight week group starting in August, with two award-winning authors who will help them write and publish a book of their stories.

Story Circle project manager Heather Ellemor-Collins says the group will be a safe and encouraging forum where people who have been suicidal can explore their experiences and recovery through creative writing. No previous experience of writing is necessary.

Renowned authors

Ellemor-Collins says, We are delighted...

01:06

The fake arguments against 100% renewable energy RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

UNSW academics compare campaign against wind and solar and high renewable energy scenarios led by pro-nuclear lobbyists to efforts by the tobacco industry to sow fear and uncertainty and delay action.

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00:34

Teven, Tintenbar residents say no bloody way to asphalt plant "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Front row, from left: president of the Teven Tintenbar Community Association Josh Browne, Greens MP Tamara Smith, Joshs wife and son, Ballina councillor Keith Williams and NSW Labor candidate Asren Pugh. Photo Caroline Desmond

Ballina Shire Council mayor David Wright has refused to state his support or otherwise for a petrochemical plant that residents fear would be built near their rural Teven homes.

While multinational Fulton Hogan are yet to lodge a development application (DA) before Ballina Council, residents and politicians converged on Saturday at Tintenbar Hall to discuss the project.

The No Bloody Way campaign against any proposed asphalt factory is headed by the Teven Tintenbar Community Association.

Mayor Wright, who was at the meeting, told The Echo, We as councillors cannot make up our minds before seeing the DA there is nothing for Council to consider. The proponent will need to lodge not just a DA, but an environmental impact statement (EIS) and undertake community consultation.

Anyone can apply to develop anything, he said, even of its not allowable.

Yet the mayor conceded that the project could be built within the zoning.

When asked if Ballina Councils planning laws reflect community expectations in this regard, he replied that they did.

I dont know anywhere else apart from an industrial estate where you would put such a plant, he said.

The mayor also questioned where residents got their information from, such as the claim it will operate 24/7. No similar plant in the area operates 24/7.    

And while residents are urging councillors to stop the process now, Mayor Wright expressed his fear that Council could be taken to court if they reject any proposal for the site.

Meanwhile the cause is bringing locals together. Resident Jo Mainprize said of the Saturday gathering, I know a lot of locals, but...

00:12

How the Ballina electorate fares in the NSW budget "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Artists impression of the new Ballina High School. (Supplied)

Lets explore the state governments 2018-19 budget report for the Ballina electorate!

In case you missed it (ICYMI), the Ballina electorate covers Byron and Ballina local government areas and your local representative in NSW parliament is Greens MP Tamara Smith.

The NSW Budget 2018-19 Electorate Report (Ballina) is a simple 13 page document that lists capital projects, transport projects, Restart NSW fund projects and regional grant funds across this electorate. While theres many projects that have been previously announced, theres a few new items.

Capital works for the area this financial year include $49.6 million for a new Ballina High School.

A social housing upgrade will receive $1,147,000 and comes without any details. Similarly a $500,000 coastal infrastructure program has no detail.

As for transport, a total of $14,497,000 is listed for capital projects, operating projects and maintenance. These projects are of course largely to do with road improvements and a few footpaths, but it also includes a Transport Access Program for the proposed Byron Bay interchange.

$2,108,000 has been put aside for the planning and construction for the Byron bus interchange that includes improved ramps, toilets, seating, shelters, kiss and ride zones, bike racks, improved customer information and CCTV and lighting.

A Brunswick Heads boat ramp upgrade is pegged at $500,000, while $304,000 will go to the construction of a shared path along Balemo Drive in Ocean Shores

And do we get value for money from John Holland corporation who maintain the regions disused railways? Despite the state governments multi-electorate transport program, inspections and minor repairs for rail line in this electorate will cost the taxpayer $341,000 for this year.

An upgrade to the Ballina Byron Airport is pegged at $4,508,000 and falls under the Restart NSW Fund.

Bridge rebuilding around Bangalow will cost $2,589,000, while Brunswick Heads foreshore public reserve upgrades and improvements will cost $1,227,000.

Regional grants include the Byron Writers festival Story Board Road trip ($80,000), the establishment of Ignite Studios Lighting Sustainability upgrades and partnership development $158,000) and the Solar Art Ark, a solar powered mobile workshop/stage/stopre ($...

00:00

June 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1790 The Second Fleet materalised on the Holo Deck at Port Jackson.

1793 - The colony's administrator Lieut-Gov Francis Grose was empowered to assign convicts as servants to civil and military officers. He was instructed to prevent the secret and clandestine sale of spirits in the colony.
And, oh, how we laughed....

1802 - French explorer Nicholas Baudin washed ashore at Port Jackson aboard Le Geographe.

1808 - Michael Bagan was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.

1808 - Felix Donnelly was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.

1832 - Sydney Monitor: Report on Bong Bong to Wollongong road.

1839 - Robert William Newland and party shifted into Victor Harbour, SA.
And there went the neighbourhood.

1840 - First land sales held at Jervis Bay, NSW.

1843 - The first election in Victoria to vote in six members to represent the residents of Port Phillip in the NSW Legislative Council. Voters had to be male over the age of 21 and own freehold property worth at least 200 pounds. Candidates had to own property to the value of 2000 pounds. The vote for the Melbourne representative drew a total of 556 voters.

1846 - Brisbane 's first newspaper, the Moreton Bay Courier (later the Brisbane Courier, then Courier-Mail) began publication.

1866 Adelaide's Town Hall opened for the usual shenanigans.

1899 - The Perth Mint opened to convert the colony's glittery, glittery gold into gold sovereigns.

1911 - The narrow gauge Crowes Railway Line (Vic) was opened from Beech Forest to Crowes.

1916 - The 26 miles / 42 kms of Broad Gauge Heywood to Mount Gambier Railway Line (Vic & SA) was opened as far as Dartmoor, only 10 miles / 16 kms from the SA border.

1927 Film premiere of For the Term of his Natural Life.

1931 -  Forty NSW Police were involved in a bloody gun battle with 18 unemployed Communist squatters over an eviction order at 143 Union St, Newtown.

1932 - The Boggabilla Railway Branch line(NSW) was opened to those delicious steam locomotives from Camurra - North Star - Boggabilla.

1949 Lance Sharkey, chairman of the Communist Party, was convicted for sedition.

1961 - The book, The Trial of Lady Chatterley, was banned.
First they banned Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Then they banned the book of the trial.

1964 - The first Pioneer Valley show was held at Finch Hatton, Mackay.

1965 - The rail passenger service from Heath...

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23:26

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22:14

WestConnex sale looms as bidding duel narrows to Transurban, industry funds "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The WestConnex project in Sydney has generated massive opposition form affected communities and led to the rise of community groups that are waging an ongoing campaign. This battle has contributed to the growth of a lack of confidence in government. This article by Michael West (18 June 2018) provides a rundown of the latest developments, which includes the moves to sell the projects resulting tollways to the private sector.

It is little wonder that trust in government is bruised by the day. The secrecy and dissembling over Australias largest infrastructure project, WestConnex, is a case in point.

To be fair, some sympathy might be conceded governments undertaking ambitious public works projects, especially when they entail tearing down peoples homes to build motorways and locking horns with angry residents groups. Even from the outset however, the $17 billion WestConnex project in Sydney has been handled more like an SAS mission than a public project requiring community consent and deliberation. As a suite of project deadlines looms, public confidence is running low.

The greatest flaw in this project has perhaps been the failure to consider, from the start,  whether rail might have been a better option than road. There was no Public Sector Comparator to contemplate a mass transit alternative which might be cheaper and more efficient. No public consultation or discussion. Just roads to be privatised, tolls to be had to juice up the sale price from privatisation.

Now, as the deadline for sale nears, the sale that is of a 51 per cent majority stake in Sydney Motorways Corporation (SMC) which houses the gargantuan WestConnex, questions over the project are hitting fever pitch. Does it stack up?

The latest concerns:

21:43

John Pilger: Bring Julian Assange home "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian government has an obligation to free Julian Assange, John Pilger told a rally in Sydney on June 16, marking Assange's six years' confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home. Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected. We know from the Chelsea Manning case what he can expect if a U.S. extradition warrant is successful - a United Nations Special Rapporteur called it torture. I know Julian Assange well; I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I have watched a tsunami of lies and smear engulf him, endlessly, vindictively, perfidiously; and I know why they smear him. In 2008, a plan to destroy both WikiLeaks and Assange was laid out in a top secret document dated 8 March, 2008. The authors were the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch of the U.S. Defence Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy the "feeling of trust" that is WikiLeaks' "centre of gravity". This would be achieved, they wrote, with threats of "exposure [and] criminal prosecution" and a unrelenting assault on reputation. The aim was to silence and criminalise WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human being and on the very principle of freedom of speech.

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