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Sunday, 13 May


NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Hazard Reduction Kremnos "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
SIZE: 3 ha
UPDATED: 12 May 2018 17:48

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Tindal Rd, Eatonsville "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

LOCATION: 235 Tindal Rd, Eatonsville, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
SIZE: 2 ha
UPDATED: 12 May 2018 17:49

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May 13 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1756 - The Dutch were having a bit of a Captain Cook around the place, with one ship, the Rijder , having hung about Wednesday Island for a bit waiting to catch up with the ship, Buijs, but which then put out to sea on this day.

1787 The First Fleet choofed off from Portsmouth, England, for New South Wales, with the intention of establishing the first European settlement in Australia.

1789 - John Caesar aka Black Caesar, a convict who obviously didn't like the table service, did a runner into the bush with arms and ammunition.

1811 - Thomas Clough was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Cooney. After being executed his body was handed over to surgeons for dissection and anatomisation.

1819 - Margaret Catchpole, the infamous female convict who had a few well chronicled adventures, passed into the great beyond.

1837 -   Joseph Bradbury, John Newman, Soloman Wakefield, John Hewitt and David Williams admitted to Newcastle gaol from Merton. To be sent for trial before the Supreme court for robbery.

1837 - Judge Sir John William Jeffcot held the first criminal sessions in the province of South Oz.

1839 - In letters to General Secretaries of the Wesleyan Methodist Mission Society Joseph Orton stressed that Aborigines around Geelong had been reduced to pilfering starving obtrusive mendicants, a tax upon the [European] inhabitants.

1845 - The Portland Bay Examiner fishwrapper ceased to exist after a whopping 4 months.

1855 - The immigrant ship Nashwauk, only 18 months old, and carrying some 300 Irish girls, crashed ashore south of the mouth of the Onkaparinga at about 3 a.m. The passengers were able to be taken off the stricken ship and were cared for by local people. The following morning the steamer Melbourne and Government schooner Yatala were sent from Port Adelaide to pick up the stranded passengers. However, some of the immigrants were reluctant to board ship again and were taken to Adelaide in bullock wagons.

1857 - St Kilda Junction to St. Kilda Railway Line (Vic) opened.

1861 John Tebbutt, of Windsor, New South Wales, tripped over what would become known as the "Great Comet of 1861".

1867 - The first South Sea Islanders arrived aboard the ship "Prima Donna". 70 arrived to start work as indentured labourers on plantations around Mackay.

1870 - Ohhhh the humanity....the Port Adelaide Footy Club was founded in South Oz.

1872 - Alberto Zelman first conducted opera in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre for the performance of Lucia di Lammermoor in the Cagli-Lyster Italian opera season.

1873 -  Customs Officers fired upon Kaiadilt people fishing at Sweers Island.The officers kidnapped a young Aboriginal boy during th...


Growing older in Australia is becoming fraught with financial risk "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Guardian, 4 May 2018:

Half of the 51,300 older Australians affected by an increase in the age pension age would move on to Newstart or the disability support pension in the first year alone, new figures suggest.

The Coalition has long proposed increasing the age pension age from 67 to 70, kicking in from 2025-26. The change is likely to make Australias pension age the highest in the developed world.



Safer Pathway program becomes third government-led domestic violence initiative to be found ineffective by BOCSAR "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The NSW Government domestic violence program rolled out between September 2014 and July 2015......

The safety and protection of victims and their children lies at the heart of It Stops Here: Standing Together to End Domestic and Family Violence, the NSW Governments Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform.

Safer Pathway proposes a fundamental change in how agencies and organisations support victims safety in NSW. Through Safer Pathway, the right services are provided to victims when they need them, in a coordinated way.

The key components of Safer Pathway build on the existing service response. These are:

* a Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) to better and consistently...


Australian Ritual Abuse Victim Fiona Barnett, Cardinal George Pell, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australian victim Fiona Barnett just posted a new article on her site detailing her fight to get her case investigated as she seems to be facing the same opposition that I am here in the US.

There are two things to consider in Australia right now. 1). Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to face criminal charges concerning child abuse. He is 3rd in control of the Catholic Church and is responsible for their financial affairs.

And 2). Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have just recently been to Australia to meet with the Australian Prime Minister. Could these events be related? Considering how hard the powers that be are trying to clamp down on any talk about elite run child trafficking rings it certainly cant be ruled out.

Esp. considering what victims are going through right now in their fight to seek justice

Demand NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller opens Fiona Barnetts VIP pedo case

Demand NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller opens Fiona Barnetts VIP pedo case

by Fiona Barnett on May 12, 2018

Sutherland Detective Belinda Abdy was in charge of the investigation into my complaints of a VIP child trafficking network based in Sydney. Police took 4 days of witness statements from me in 2014 and 2015, and promised to take at least 5 more days of statements in 2016. However, in between the last two days of witness statement making, I was pursued by four military looking thugs, and defamed by a British Intelligence agent on ABC Media Watch. Despite these attempts to silence me, I showed up to the 4th day of statement making but Belinda Abdy did not. In fact, I never heard from Abdy again.

Sinead Harper took the 3rd and 4th day of statements, and she was awesome. She believed me and responded appropriately to everything that transpired. Harper commenced an investigation into my allegations, went door knocking throughout McAlister Ave, Engadine, and attended my pedophile grandfathers house at 14 McAlister Ave with cadaver dogs and multiple officers. Neighbours told Harper that my account of the Engadine pedophiles was consistent with their childhood memories of various characters and incidents. However, Harper answers to a chain of command starting with Belinda Abdy.

Following my 4 days of witness statement making, NSW Police subsequently stonewalled me, ignored my emails and calls, and eventually told Victim Services that they never found any evidence supporting my case when they did. I know because the people she interviewed contacted me.

I am the first victim in Australian history who was child trafficked at the level I was, to come forward a...


Live Traffic NSW - All Regional NSW: BREAKDOWN Truck - COFFS HARBOUR Pacific Hwy just past Diggers Beach Rd "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Regional NSW - North
IncidentCoffs Harbour Pacific Hwy just past Diggers Beach Rd
Started today 5:38pm, last checked today 7:06pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 2 southbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).


Wild winds, record rainfall and cold temperatures hit Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Extreme weather events have broken historic rainfall records, caused wild winds and prompted unusually cold conditions across most of Australia on Friday, with more yet to come. Parts of Gippsland in eastern Victoria are bracing for a month's rain - as much as 100mm - on Saturday as the low pressure system that made Friday a sodden, wind-lashed taste of winter does its worst. New South Wales and the ACT are also beginning to feel the effects of the complex system, as it brings damaging westerly winds to the NSW ranges and the Illawarra. Tasmania The island state's capital was brought to a standstill on Friday as record-breaking rainfall caused schools to shut down, legal proceedings to halt and businesses to be evacuated. In the 24 hours leading up to 9am on Friday, Hobart experienced its wettest day since 1960 with the CBD and surrounding suburbs receiving more than 120 millimetres of rain. Sarah Sitton, extreme weather meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology, told The New Daily that by Friday morning, Mount Wellington had recorded 236 millimetres. "That was the second-highest-ever May rainfall in a single day for Tasmania. It was the highest rainfall that's ever been recorded at Mount Wellington," Ms Sitton said.


The Weekend Quiz May 12-13, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

If a nation has an external deficit and household saving increases as a proportion of disposable income then the government cannot run a fiscal surplus without output falling.

The answer is False.

This question tests ones basic understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. The secret to getting the correct answer is to realise that the household saving ratio is not the overall sectoral balance for the private domestic sector.

In other words, if you just compared the household saving ratio with the external deficit and the fiscal balance you would be leaving an essential component of the private domestic balance out private capital formation (investment).

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income me...


The Endless Clinton Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The former secretary of State offers more criticism of U.S. leadership from overseas.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Sydney, Australia.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Sydney, Australia. PHOTO: DAVID MOIR/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERST/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons 2018 global grievance tour touched down in Australia this week. The Democratic nominee for President in 2016 has been selling tickets to provocative events in which she explores the alleged shortcomings of her compatriots. Meanwhile back home, her team is once again tapping some of the very wealthiest of her compatriots to support the family enterprise.

Mrs. Clintons remarks to foreign audiences are not limited to gripes about the most recent U.S. presidential campaign. Shes also willing to offer unkind words about current U.S. policies.



Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The series of absurd rulings from our High Court has now reached the point where the majority of Australians are debarred from standing for election to Parliament, unless some foreign government chooses to help them. The latest ruling means that even renouncing a citizenship you never sought and have never exercised is not enough. Unless you start the process well before an election is even called, possibly years before, you are ineligible if you were born overseas, have an overseas-born parent and (probably) if you belong to an ethnic group which has a right of return to a national homeland. We have yet to explore the possible limits of other exclusion clauses.

There is some poetic justice in the embarrassment now being faced by Labor and Bill Shorten, who wrongly assumed they had prepared for the worst possible cases of High Court idiocy, and gloated over the misfortune of others. But thats small comfort for anyone who would wish the outcome of democratic elections to be respected.

Until now, the line taken by the supporters of the High Court has been its just a matter of following the rules. Its now been made clear that following the rules is impossible. An Australian citizen, even one who has never left Australia, can be ineligible simply because of the dilatoriness, incompetence, or even malice, of a foreign government. And, according to the High Court, theres nothing they can do about it except wait.

The stupidity and bloody-mindedness of the High Court in this matter is matched by most of the political commentariat, and a large proportion of the Australian public, who will no doubt be represented in comments here.

From experience, I know that lots of readers will not be convinced. So, I will offer a question and answer another.

First a question, for those who still want to defend the High Court. Suppose that, after nominations have closed for the next election, a mischief-making foreign government (say, Russia, which has form for this kind of thing) confers citizenship on all the candidates for one or both of the major parties. What should the High Court do?
(a) Disqualify them, and say Say, sorry, thats the rules
(b) Discover that the words of the Constitution actually allow for a reading exactly opposite to the one that they have just announced, and that a simple renunciation is all that is needed to free oneself of an unwanted citizenship.
(c) Something else (if so, what)

Second, an answer to those who seem to think that the Court had no alternative but to rule as it has done. The Constitution guarantees (or at least has been taken by the Court in the past to guarantee) a democratic government, and the Courts rulings are clearly at odds with that, having effectively cancelled many of the outcomes of the last el...


Out of Range "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Out of Range are a quirky Cabaret, Swing, Gypsy, Roots and Balkan, influenced band from the Northern Rivers. They have been gathering momentum with their, irreverent, happy, upbeat, foot-stomping shenanigans, securing a spot at the Mullumbimby Festival last year and receiving 3 nominations in the NCEIA Dolphin Awards.

You could sit down to watch this treat but as you recline, beware  because you may find that your feet start tapping and your hands start clapping and before you know it you may even find yourself participating at a moments notice, swaying, swinging, swooning, swaggering

STOP THE PRESS! This genre-fluid music may contain traces of piano, accordion, violin, double bass, guitar, vocals, harmonies and megaphone.


Greens Lawyer Weighs In On New Matilda reporting On Cate Faehrmann "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A fortnight ago, New Matilda published a three-part series by Michael Brull on a pre-selection battle within the Greens NSW. One of the lawyers who advised on that battle, Brian Walters, responds.

In the middle of an internal Greens pre-selection, Michael Brull, a Greens member, has written for New Matilda a series of articles attacking a candidate Cate Faehrmann.

As he must know, candidates for pre-selection are not permitted to speak to journalists, and therefore have no right of reply. It is an archetypal act of cowardice to attack a person who is unable to defend herself. Brull bases his farrago on a bizarre series of falsehoods.

The articles arise from proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales seeking an urgent interpretation of the NSW Greens constitution. The case is reported here.

On 5 February 2018, Cate Faehrmann transferred her Victorian Greens membership to New South Wales. She wanted to stand for pre-selection for the Legislative Council.

She was a paid up member of the Greens in Victoria. She had previously been a member of the Greens in NSW and served there as a Greens Legislative Councillor from 2010 to 2013.

Astonishingly, Alex van Vucht, the membership officer of the Greens in NSW, treated Cate Faehrmanns transferred membership as merely provisional for three months, thus denying her the right to nominate for pre-selection before the close of nominations on 9 April 2018. This was contrary to the constitution of the NSW Greens and the constitution of the Australian Greens.

To break the impasse, Cate Faehrmann sought legal advice.

I was one of those who advised, in a written advice provided to the Greens NSW, that there was no basis for treating her membership as provisional. Similar advice was rendered by a senior solicitor in New South Wales.

Neither the membership officer nor the Greens NSW obtained any contrary advice.

Ultimately, Cate Faehrmann sought a ruling on the correct interpretation of the constitution from the NSW Supreme Court (I was not involved in that proceeding). The court ruled comprehensively in her favour.

Mr Brull repeatedly asserts that Cate Faehrmann was attempting to change the constitution. That is patently false. Cate Faehrmann was seeking to have the terms of the constitution obeyed. That was the whole point of the advice and of the subsequent legal proceeding.

The matter was taken to the Greens NSW State Delegates Council (SDC). Mr Brull writes that the SDC was was able to have a say about whether the rules sh...


Time to show support for the ABC "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The situation in 2018.......

The Guardian, 8 May 2018:

Dear colleagues,

The government has tonight announced it will freeze the ABCs annual funding indexation for three years from July 2019, which will cost the organisation $84m. This will be compounded by the decision to cease a further $43m in funding to support quality news and current affairs services and follows the cumulative $254m in cuts imposed since 2014.

This decision comes at a critical time for us. As you are all aware from our conversations following this years annual public meeting, we are at a watershed moment as a public broadcaster as we continue to strive to deliver the high standards of programming Australian audiences expect, despite escalating global competition and rising production costs.



May 12 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tis International Nurses Day, so say thanks to the next nurse who looks after you...coz they've got the Power of The Enema just waiting to be used!!!

1792 - Things were crook with the flour ration being reduced they needed something more than castor oil.

1802 - Lord Pelham to the Treasury, - My Lords, Whitehall, 12th May, 1802. - It being judged expedient to send forthwith from this country four hundred convicts to New South Wales (viz't, 270 male, and 130 female), I am to desire that your Lordships will be pleased to cause the necessary directions to be given to the Victualling Board for providing a sufficient and proper quantity of provisions for their subsistence during the voyage, and salted beef or pork only for nine months for them after their arrival at New South Wales. I am also to desire that your Lordships will cause the necessary directions to be given for providing the 270 male convicts the particulars of clothing as undermentioned, to be consigned to the Governor for the use of such convicts on their arrival at that settlement, and that the said provisions and clothing may be put on board His Majesty's ship Glatton, which is now fitting at Sheerness for the conveyance of those convicts. It being also intended to allow about forty persons to embark on board the said ship who are going as settlers to that colony, I am to desire that directions may be given for providing the usual quantity of provisions for such number during their voyage thither. I am, &c., Pelham

1805 - The Sydney Gazette reported that ;
Yesterday sennight (a week) two characters of almost equal notoriety were shipped for Newcastle by the Resource, viz, Christopher Griffin alias Wooden Joe, as a petty receiver of stolen property, and encourager of petty larceny ; and Thomas Desmond whose unaccountable hardihood we have already had repeated occasion to notice for absconding from Kings Town and travelling in on foot through the bush.

1810 - Bligh sailed off into the sunset for Old Blighty, with witnesses for the court martial of George Johnston who dared deprive the rum-soaked colony of Bligh's leadership....

1810 -  George Caley and his Aboriginal guide and plant collector Daniel Moowattin from Parramatta sailed for England aboard the frigate HMS Hindostan.
Another passenger was the deposed governor William Bligh.

1812 - Daniel Moowattin returned to Sydney from London. Within two weeks he sold a fowling piece given to him by botanist Robert Brown, bought a jug of peach cider and ran  into the bush.

1823 - Servant Samuel Coleman per 'Morley' was permitted to pass to Pennington's farm on first branch of the Hunter's River.

1824 - Sir George Arthur rocked up to Tassie on board the Adrian (that's a ship, not a bawdy game with his valet) to pluck up his appointment a...

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NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Boambee Beach, Coffs Harbour "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Boambee Beach, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Vehicle/Equipment Fire
SIZE: 0 ha
UPDATED: 12 May 2018 06:47


SparkLabs Launches Its Smart Planet Fund as the First Startup Accelerator Security Token Offering "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SparkLabs Group , which has the largest accelerator network in Asia and operates global venture capital funds, has launched the first startup accelerator security token offering through their Smart City & Smart Planet Fund.  SparkLabs has engaged with Argon Group, a leading digital finance advisory firm, to launch this new offering.

Individual and institutional investors across the globe will be able to invest into this new fund offering that will equally invest into SparkLabs IoT & Smart City accelerator fund and SparkLabs Cultiv8 fund, which is an agtech, food tech and sustainability accelerator.

SparkLabs IoT & Smart City accelerator is a primary innovation partner for Songdo, South Koreas $35 billion smart city built from the ground up. SparkLabs Cultiv8 accelerator is a primary partner with the Government of New South Wales Department of Primary Industries for an agtech, foodtech and sustainability accelerator. The local government has given access to over 13,000 hectares (32,123 acres) of experimental farmland and 25 world-class research stations (i.e. fisheries, water, biosecurity, food safety) in Australia.

SparkLabs has been very conservative in our approach and viewpoints on the cryptocurrency space and token offerings.  We have been concerned that many utility tokens are in fact securities and have viewed this space with some trepidation.  After meticulous diligence, we have now decided to jump into the pool a bit with a security token offering that we believe is conservative and provides a better understanding for venture capitalists on how this can affect our industry in the years to come, stated Jimmy Kim, Co-founder of SparkLabs Group and former CFO of Nexon (South Koreas largest online gaming company).  Additionally, Mr. Kims most recent startup, N3N, was Ciscos first IoT investment.

The SparkLabs token is not a utility token and is simply a smart contract that represents an investors (Limited Partners) equity into its fund vehicle that will have equal holdings in start-up companies that are associated with SparkLabs IoT & Smart City Accelerator in Songdo, South Korea and SparkLabs Cultiv8 Accelerator in Orange, Australia.

We believe our Smart City & Smart Planet Fund allows people across the globe to invest into two accelerator funds that can truly change the world in terms of urban innovation, innovation in agriculture, and how we interact with our planet. Both accelerators have excellent partners, such as Australias Government of....


Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Meeting the narrow test of legality is not a licence to be a bastard  [Journalist Peter Hartcher writing  about corporations in The Canberra Times, 5 May 2018]

budget's forecasts and projections, prepared by that well-known Italian economist, Rosie Scenario [Economics editor Ross Gittens writing in The Sydney Morning Herald about Federal Budget 2018-19, 8 May 2018]


Global Tourism Causes 10th of All Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Submitted via IRC for Runaway1956

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney shows that global tourism, a trillion-dollar industry, contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions and its carbon footprint is expanding rapidly.

Domestic and international tourism account for eight percent of total worldwide carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, researchers have found.

The study was based on data from 189 countries around the globe. It showed that the industry's carbon footprint was driven mainly by demand for energy-intensive air travel.

"Tourism is set to grow faster than many other economic sectors," with revenue projected to swell by four percent annually through 2025, said lead-author Arunima Malik, a researcher at The University of Sydney's business school.


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They are claiming that I am the fraud. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Saturday, 7 April 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This is my 4th year on Youth Allowance as I am studying in Melbourne and moved 2 hours to be closer to uni.

Two months ago I was asked to provide an audit, which I did straight away dating back to the 2015-2016 financial year.
The system glitched and deleted my audit, which leads me to sit on the phone trying to call the hotline which fails to have an answering system in place, so I was faced with having to redial and look at the 'user busy' screen for the entire morning, only to call over 100 times to be left on hold for hours.

Finally, once I was re-directed to different people because I had dialled the wrong number (the number they provided on the request for the audit) I had to do the audit over the phone.
Throughout this, the man was able to tell me that my audit aligned with the ATO.

Thinking all was well, I was faced with a $4090 debt!
This is when I became incredibly u...


Can Threats of Litigation Silence Truth? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Chelmsford Hospital

by Felicity Hingston

A buzzfeed article in March, 2018 about doctors suing author Steve Cannane for defamation got my attention. Why, oh why, would the doctors sue? This only brings their names back into the limelight after some success in disappearing. The two doctors are John Herron and John Gil.

Two doctors who worked at a Sydney hospital embroiled in the deep sleep therapy scandal of the 1960s and 70s are suing ABC journalist Steve Cannane [and his publisher, HarperCollins] over his Walkley-shortlisted book about Scientology in Australia.



Stop Adani song needs you this Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Stop Adani gathering at Cabarita Beach Headland late 2017. Photo supplied.

The Stop Adani song, written by Elvis Pavarotti and Tahlia Shalimar, is now in mix down and they are looking for locals to support them in making a video clip to go with the song this Sunday.

All you need to do is be present, said Elvis and Tahlia.

This video clip will be made available on the internet around Australia and most likely overseas and we hope to have it ready for promotion around Australia this month.

We would like to say thank you to the Echo, Bay FM, Woodburn FM, Jesse Morris and over fifty other people for donating their time to organise, sing and play instruments on the STOP ADANI Song.

Children and pets are welcome to join in as long as they are comfortable with crowds and they have emphasised that you dont have to be a singer or a dancer they would just like you to turn up.

However, if you can do moves to the song or have other inspirational or creative ideas that relate to STOPPING ADANI in this video clip, please come a little early and tell us what you can do because we would love to include it, if its appropriate, said Elvis.

The videoing starts at 9.30am this Sunday 13 May at the Chocolate Lounge, 53 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby just opposite the Mullumbimby Medical Centre.

The videoing will involve walking down to Santos Organics and being videoed under the #STOP Adani banner.

If you can come dressed in red and white or T-shirts and other clothing with STOP ADANI on them are 100 per cent appropriate if you have them, said Thalia.

We would like to thank the Chocolate Lounge and Santos for their permission to video the buildings.

The post...


Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. presents Soul Sisters Brunch and Bellinis "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hosted by Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. Soul Sisters is an empowering event for Byrons budding business women to share their stories and join a like-minded tribe to support them through their journey. It is a monthly celebration of women, a great excuse to get together with friends and network over brunch and bellinis on the iconic balcony. Byron Bay is filled with inspiring women who have faced all kinds of challenges and experienced incredible success, so why not get together to celebrate each other and support one another through the good times and the bad?

Our Soul Sisters guest speaker for the month of June is Emma McClean. Emma is the founder of the childrens fashion label Children Of The Tribe. Emma started her business while she was on maternity leave. Two years later her bohemian-style label is stocked around the world and has expanded into homewares and accessories. Emma is a mother of 2, Willow and Coco and despite her labels success, her priority is her family. Emmas story is without a doubt an inspirational journey.

Executive Chef Sean Connolly has crafted a brunch menu that covers all bases, with fresh pastries, home-made coconut yogurt, muesli and fresh fruit followed by Spanish eggs with Bread Social sourdough. You certainly wont go hungry, or thirsty for that matter, there will be bottomless bellinis available for all guests attending so you can treat yo self like the queen that you are!!

Tickets are $39 for Live. Love. Byron Members which is the Balcony Bar & Oyster Co loyalty program for Byron Shire locals. Its easy to sign up to the club, all you need to do is show your I.D with a local address on it next time youre in venue and the friendly staff will issue with a Live. Love. Byron card. If you dont live locally but still wish to attend, tickets are $59 which includes brunch and bottomless bellinis also.

For more information head to

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Police appeal in search for man Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police want to speak with 28-year-old Leon Edward King. Photo supplied.

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man following a domestic incident in the states north.

Just before 11am on Tuesday, 8 May, police were called to a service station on Union Street, South Lismore, after reports of a domestic.

A man, woman and child were seen by witnesses leaving in a blue Mazda 6.

Officers from Richmond Police District attended and commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, a 23-year-old woman and child were located by police in Casino, just before 11pm on Wednesday, 9 May.

Police are now appealing for public assistance to locate a man they believe may be able to assist with the investigation.

Police want to speak with 28-year-old Leon Edward King who was last seen on Tuesday, 8 May, in South Lismore.

Leon is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Island appearance, approximately 185cm to 190cm tall, of a large build, with black hair, with a black beard and moustache.

He is believed to be travelling in a 2008 blue Mazda 6, NSW registration DPH-47N.

Leon is believed to still be in the northern rivers region.

Anyone who sees Leon or believes they know his whereabouts is urged not to approach him but to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

The post Police appeal in search for man Lismore  appeared first on Echonetdaily.


The Weekend Quiz May 12-13, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. If a nation has an external deficit and household saving increases as a proportion of disposable income then the government cannot run a fiscal surplus without output falling.

2. Politics aside, the US central bank could still increase interest rates even if the US government instructed it to directly purchase treasury debt to facilitate the national governments fiscal deficit.

3. A continuous fiscal deficit leads to public spending building up which while not a problem in the short-run, increases the long-run inflation risk faced by the economy.



Additional charges over alleged indecent assaults of young patients "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Coffs Harbour psychologist has had an extra 23 charges laid against him in relation to the alleged indecent assault of five patients, some as young as nine, in his care.

In May 2017, detectives from the State Crime Commands Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a young boy had been indecently assaulted by his psychologist.

A man was arrested and charged on Monday 29 May 2017. He remains before the court.

Following further inquiries, the now-52-year-old man was served a Future Court Attendance Notice for an additional 23 charges yesterday (Thursday, 10 May, 2018).

Police will allege in court the new charges relate to the grooming and indecent assault of five patients between 2015 and 2017, then aged between nine and 22.

The man remains in custody to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Tuesday (15 May 2018).

Inquiries are continuing.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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Lifeline for Pottsvilles wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Proposed wildlife protection areas in and around Pottsville. Image supplied.

Plans to prohibit dogs and cats from the areas around Pottsville will form part of the of Tweed Councils proposal for three Wildlife Protection Areas in and around Pottsville and they are currently seeking community feedback. Koala Beach, the Pottsville Environment Park and the southern end of the Pottsville Wetland including the Black Rocks sports field are being considered for inclusion in the wildlife protection areas.

I applaud  the Tweed Shire Council for doing what they can to help coastal koalas to survive. And this looks like a small but hopefully significant step in that direction, said Scott Sledge, president of the Northern Rivers Guardians.

Humans are waking up to the fact that we cant expect to survive ourselves as the sole occupiers of this magnificent planet. I am loyal to my species, but we humans need to allow a little space for the survival of other species. If we dont save the koalas, I believe we ourselves could follow the dinosaurs and the Tasmanian Tigers into extinction.

Council director of community and natural resources, Tracey Stinson, said the designation is justified due to the very high conservation significance of these areas.

Wildlife Protection Areas are public places set apart for the protection of native animals and their habitats under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, Ms Stinson said.

These areas contain numerous threatened species including koalas and are part of the few remaining intact natural areas on the Tweed Coast.

They are also being closely managed for conservation outcomes, with significant ongoing investment in ecological restoration, revegetation, vertebrate pest control and threatened species management.

Restrictions are already...


Spring Hill and Lucknow: Village residents will have reason to smile with pipelines water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Spring Hill and Lucknow residents will soon have reason to smile when they switch to Oranges fluoride-enriched water system.

The 61-kilometre Orange-to-Carcoar pipeline will be commissioned in the coming weeks after a year-long construction process which was delayed by a costly vandalism attack in July last year.

The bore water currently supplied to both villages does not contain fluoride, and Orange mayor Reg Kidd said residents would benefit from tapping into Oranges supply, as the fluoridation process was a safe and effective way of preventing dental decay.

It is unlikely residents will notice a difference in the water as commissioning occurs when water from the Orange supply is slowly added to the existing Spring Hill and Lucknow supply, Cr Kidd said.

Both systems produce high-quality drinking water, but there are benefits to using the Orange supply.

The new system in place is more reliable than the existing bore water supplies in the villages and it is treated to a higher quality.

Cr Kidd said residents of the villages were fortunate to be getting access to some of the highest quality water in the state, having won the Water Industry Operations Association of Australia NSW water taste test in 2015.

The $21.21 million pipeline project was delayed in 2017 when vandals drilled holes in plastic sewer pipes that were on the roadside, waiting to be laid into the ground. There was also hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage inflicted on the projects machinery in the attack.

The pipeline, which was jointly funded by the NSW government, Orange City Council and Central Tablelands Water, uses steel pipes placed in underground trenches between one and two metres deep.

The majority of the pipeline was built adjacent to road corridors, with only small sections on private land, and includes pump stations to enable two-way water transfers.

Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless said the project will improve water security across a large area of Central West NSW, having flow on benefits to businesses, individuals and farms in the region.

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Charges laid over alleged armed robbery near Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police have charged a woman following an alleged armed robbery at a property in the states north.

About 2.30pm (Wednesday, 9 May), police have been told a woman, armed with a knife, broke into a property in Arthur Road at Corndale, about 17km north of Lismore.

The woman allegedly threatened a man inside before stealing personal property and fleeing the scene.

No one was injured.

Officers from Richmond Police District commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, a 34-year-old woman was arrested on Strongs Road, Corndale, about 5pm today (Thursday, 10 May).

She was taken to Lismore police station where she was charged with aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence, armed with intent, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, breach of bail, and two counts of possess prohibited drug.

She was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court tomorrow (Friday, 11 May).

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South Australian Parliament debating law to protect whistleblowers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SA parliament to debate whistleblower laws

A law shielding South Australian journalists from liability for refusing to reveal their sources will be tabled in state parliament.

Whistleblowers may soon have stronger protections under a bill introduced to parliament in South Australia.

The Liberal government on Thursday introduced legislation to shield journalists from criminal or civil liability if they do not disclose the identity of their sources when the information is in the public interest.

This legislation enhances the publics right to know by encouraging whistleblowers to come forward on the understanding that journalists will not be forced to disclose their identity in a court of law, Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said.

The proposed legislation would make the default rule that journalists cannot be compelled to answer a question or produce a document that may disclose the identity of an informant.

I anticipate it will be a very rare day that a court will deem revealing the identity of the informant is necessary to protect the public interest, Ms Chapman said.



North Coast TAFE students to shine at Vivid Sydney festival of light "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Vivid Sydney 2017, Sydney Opera House, Lighting of The Sails Audio Creatures. AAP Image/NSW GOV, James Horan.

Taking the lights of the north coast to Sydney, Murwillumbah and Kingscliff TAFE students are preparing to illuminate The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with their Light Houses light installations as part of the worlds largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney.

This will be the first time regional TAFE NSW students have been involved in Vivid Sydney, giving them incredibly valuable work experience. TAFE NSW Murwillumbah and Kingscliff Diploma Visual Art students have collaborated with students from TAFE NSW Enmore, Eora, Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Nepean to have their creative vision incorporated as part of the installation.

In its tenth year the festival highlights the talents of the next generation of designers, 3D artists, animators and electronic musicians.

For the second consecutive year, TAFE NSW student installations will illuminate The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. This year visitors will follow a pathway that weaves through an exciting nocturnal environment inspired by nature. The inspiration behind the Light Houses installation is the role lighthouses played over Australias history in welcoming successive waves of immigrants to Australian shores, chart a course to a safe haven.

The Light Houses installations will appear as part of the festival for 23 nights from Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June.

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Nurses and midwives look at Ratios and excellence in care "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Eve Jeffery

International Midwives Day was celebrated globally on May 5, while International Nurses Day will be recognised tomorrow, Saturday May 12. These days are an occasion to celebrate, commemorate and increase awareness of the contribution of midwives and nurses towards patients all over the world.

In keeping with those sentiments, midwives and nurses are busy across the Northern Rivers this week highlighting some of the issues these valuable clinicians face in their work day.

Lismore midwife Heather Ryan. Photo Tree Faerie.

Ratios put patient safety first

Lismore midwife Heather Ryan spoke to media in Lismore yesterday as nurses and midwives gathered in the CBD to launch Ratios  a campaign to highlight the pressures they are under as a result of understaffing, increased workloads and poor skill mix issues across various wards, centres and units in New South Wales hospitals.

 Three local branches of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA), Lismore Hospital, Lismore Community and Lismore Mental Health, are joining the campaign as part of a statewide push for a more transparent nurse-to-patient ratio rostering system.

Yesterday nurses and midwives were taking pledges from the community to raise awareness they received over 200 signatures in support of the campaign.

Leading Excellence in Care

The annual Ena Williams Nursing and Midwifery Symposium is being held today in Ballina  experts in the field of nursing and midwifery will gather with staff from across Northern NSW for the annual event.

Ena Williams was the first Aboriginal registered nurse to train and work in Lismore, and this symposium has been named in honour of her achievements....


Local heritage to be protected in Kyogle "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Thomas George MP; Doug Campbell, President; Tom Fitzgerald, Treasurer & Project Chair; Elaine McLean, Secretary; Pam Campbell. Photo supplied.

Helping to conserve and share local heritage has been bought one step closer for locals in Kyogle with an $82,200 grant from NSW Governments Heritage Near Me Local Strategic Project funding.

The grant will go to the Kyogle & District Historical Society for the Kyogle History Museum to assist the Society work with a museum specialist to review collections, develop interpretation and display opening and archiving solution as it moves into its new Museum.

Helping communities to conserve and share their local heritage is a key feature of the Heritage Near Me Local Heritage Strategic Projects funding stream, said Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP

The Members of the Kyogle and District Historical Society express sincere thanks to the NSW Government for the grant. As the building in Bloore Street, nears completion, Members look forward to welcoming the services of a Professional Museum Specialist to assist in the transition and internal lay-out of the new premises, said Project Chair and Society Treasurer, Tom Fitzgerald.

More information on the Heritage Near Me program, which offers a range of grant programs to assist local communities, owners and managers of heritage items, is available at

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When a transplant goes right  life takes on new meaning "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Rod Marshdale, a double lung recipient will be running in the Byron Bay triathlon on May 12. Photo supplied.

Celebrating a second chance at life will be two organ transplant recipients who are rejoicing in their return to health by participating in the Byron Bay Triathlon on May 12.

Rod Marshdale, a double lung recipient, and Stuart McLeod, a kidney recipient, are taking part in the gruelling event consisting of a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation.

Rod received a double lung transplant in 2015, and Stuart received a kidney transplant in 2002. The generosity of their organ donors has inspired them to make the most of life by staying healthy and competing in sport.

Rod, a father of two, suffers from cystic fibrosis and was in and out of hospitals for years. When organ donation turned his life around, Rod decided to make the most of every single moment, training and eventually representing Australia at the 2017 World Transplant Games.

It is extremely rare for transplant recipients to compete in events as difficult as the Byron Triathlon. Rod is using the event to raise the bar even further.

I want to compete in a half Ironman event and eventually go the whole way Its been a long journey for me, but what Im trying to do now is raise awareness of organ donation through competing in these events.

Similarly, Stuart became inspired after his kidney transplant in 2002 and has since completed eight sprint triathlons/short-distance triathlons. The Byron Bay race will be his first attempt at the Olympic distance.

Stuart McLeod, a kidney recipient will be running in the Byron Bay triathlon on May 12. Photo supplied.

Stuarts fianc Kathy will be by his side at the Byron Bay triathlon, competing with him. The happy couple are getting married in August, another milestone which would not have been possible pre-transplant.

Transplant Australia CEO Chris Thomas said that people like Rod and Stuart are inspiring other transplant recipients to reach their physical...


May 11 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1806 - The Sydney Gazette reported ;
"...accounts were received from Hunters River, stating the total loss of the fine colonial schooner Governor King, of which we last week made mention. The person who brought in the first accounts of her loss came away very shortly after she struck, in order to obtain timely assistance from the owners, if any service could be rendered; but in the course of a few hours from the time he left her she went to pieces, and by the next morning fragments of the wreck were scattered along the shore for several miles. Great part of her freight of pork has been saved, but little else, except about two ton out of 12 ton of iron taken in at Dusky Bay in lieu of ballast picked up from the wreck of the Endeavour."

1813 - Gregory Blaxland set out with William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth on an exploring expedition across the Blue Mountains.

1815 - William Henry Moore was admitted to the courts as the first free solicitor in the colony.

1816 - The very first issue of the Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter was published. Though 1 June is usually recognized as the date of its first issue, a rare earlier number dated Saturday, 11 May 1816, is described as 'volume the third number 158' and bore the normal heading 'Published by Authority'.

1821 - The Father of the Australian press, George Howe, printer, editor, publisher and poet, died aged just 51.

1825 - George Spencer, Lewis Collins and other convicts played pirate and escaped from Newcastle in the cutter Eclipse.

1827 - Private examination took place at the Police Office at Sydney in the case of Lieutenant Lowe who was accused of originating the death of a black native 'at Newcastle.. Lieut. Lowe is a gentleman universally esteemed for his mildness and humanity and he had great difficulty to encounter from the hostile and ferocious conduct of the blacks at the time the transaction is said to have taken place'

1835 - Patrick Kilmartin was hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Hamilton.

1836 - Joseph Free was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Edward Brown at Invermein.

1859 - John Arrow was hanged at Bathurst for the murder of Catherine Leary at Summer Hill Creek, Orange.

1859 - Thomas Ryan (alias William Martin) was hanged at Bathurst for the rape of Leah England in the Wellington Valley.

1861 - William Dymock, he what founded Dymock's Book Stores, was hatched.

1861 - Walter George Arthur, Aboriginal leader,  the son of Rolepa, known to Europeans as 'King George', a senior man of the Ben Lomond tribe in north-eastern Tasmania, was returning by row boat to Oyster Cove from Hobart when he fell overboard; his body was not recovered.

1880 - The Opening of the 10th Victorian Pa...

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PR: Skrumble Network Crowdfunding Sells out in 1 Hour with the Help of LEEKICO and Announces First Exchange Listing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Skrumble Network Crowdfunding Sells out in 1 Hour with the Help of LEEKICO and Announces First Exchange Listing

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Sydney, Australia LEEKICO, a one-stop-service ICO platform, successfully supported Skrumble Network (SKM), a project aiming to solve the data ownership crisis with a secure blockchain and application, in completing its highly anticipated token sale on May 5th, 2018. With LEEKICOs support, Skrumble Network (SKM) reached their hard cap of 20,000 ETH, securing about $15 Million USD.

Following the incredible success of their public sale, Skrumble Network announced via their 48,000 members Telegram group that theyll be exclusive main board listing on the exchange starting on May 10th, 2018.

Skrumble Network (SKM) is a completely new and innovative blockchain and application that centers on creating the most secure connections for communication possible. Skrumble Network addresses the issues with current centralized communication systems that pose data security challenges, solves issues with data ownership and creates a safe haven for marginalized communication who seek free discussion and trusted connections.

Our users desire a secure community where they can feel comfortable enough sharing their personal data and wont need to worry about who else has access to it, because no one else will, says Skrumble Network Co-Founder Eric Lifson. It is our mission to give users back ownership of their data, and we could not have done it without the incredible support from our partnership with LEEKICO to help us run the token sale while we focus on this mission.

Skrumble Network is an open source community-driven blockchain and application which will allow users to perform communication and financial transactions more securely as well as build their...

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