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Sunday, 20 January


Tropical Cyclone "Penny" forms, crosses Queensland's Cape York Peninsula "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Tropical Cyclone "Penny" formed at 21:00 UTC, December 31, 2018 (08:00 AEST, Tuesday, January 1, 2019) over the warm tropical waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia and made landfall around 05:00 UTC, January 1 (16:00 LT) just south of Weipa. It is...... Read more

Tropical Cyclone "Owen" sets new Australian December daily rainfall record "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Tropical Cyclone "Owen" brought extremely heavy rains to parts of Queensland, setting a new Australian December daily rainfall. Owen made its first landfall well north of Cardwell, Queensland early December 10, exited into the Gulf of Carpentaria and...... Read more

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Saturday, 19 January


Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale Rumble In the Jungle "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Saturday 19th Jan, 8.00am Sunday 20th Jan, 4.00pm, The Jungle Collective Site

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Thursday, 03 January

09:22 Capalaba - Moreton Bay Road "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Hazard - Signal fault - Lights blacked out


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Krimper Coffee "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Asked a colleague where to find some good coffee in Melbourne. Was  told that there was one top secret hidden cafe literally across the road from work. She said that it was notoriously hard to find and insisted on drawing us a map to get there. I was skeptical at first, but taking a look down Guildford lane, I understood what she meant. Behind a nondescript old wooden door, hid Krimper, a popular but well hidden cafe.

Although you couldn't hear it from the outside, inside was bustling.

The drink menu was concise and tailored to serious coffee drinkers. Batch brew was considerably cheaper than what we normally get in Brisbane too, which was nice.


Glossy Black Cockatoo under threat from Sunshine Coast nursing home "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Glossy Black Cockatoos drinking at Sunrise Beach

Critical habitat for the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo is set to be bulldozed for a new aged care facility at Sunrise Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. A community group set up to protect the birds, Glossy Team Sunrise, says hundreds of food trees are threatened by a development planned by the Uniting Church's Blue Care. The area surrounding the proposal is recognised as a hotspot nationally for the cockatoo: during a 2016 survey in South-East Queensland, more than a third of  96 birds recorded were in the Noosa-Sunrise Beach area.

Glossy Team Sunrise says five hectares of habitat will be destroyed by the development a huge complex including 98 residential aged care beds, 74 apartments and 55 living units. The facility will be built in the heart of the most important areas favoured by the Glossy Black Cockatoo. Group spokesperson Bettina Walter says about 300 Allocasuarina feed trees, which the birds are dependent on, would be removed. A high care unit and car park will be built adjacent to a creek visited by the birds for drinking. Survey stakes for the development were planted recently.



Eating Out: The Green Edge Christmas Dinner "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

For the last few years, The Green Edge has held a special menu Christmas dinner the weekend before Christmas. I went last year with my friend Melanie, and this year we went again.

The tables were cute and Christmas themed! And when we got there, we were given a little sampler of their Gingerbread Frappe.

The Green Edge Christmas Dinner

Gingerbread Frappe Shot at The Green Edge Christmas Dinner

The menu ended up being exactly the same as last year, though last year there was also a cheese platter option for the dessert. I've heard that they are planning on revamping the menu for next year (this year now?), which would be fun to change things up.

The Green Edge Christmas Dinner

We both got the same entrees that we had last year. I had the delicious Arancini with Pesto and Garlic Mayo, and Melanie had the Avocado Prawns.

Arancini at The Green Edge Christmas Dinner

Garlic Prawns at The Green Edge Christmas Dinner

Last year we both had the stuffed butternut roast, and this year we both tried the festive seitan roast....

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Wednesday, 02 January


Dwelling prices down 5pc in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Affordability improves in 2018

House prices were 10 per cent and 9 per cent lower over 2018 in Sydney and Melbourne respectively. 

Unit prices were 6 per cent and 2 per cent lower in the same two cities.

Overall, dwelling prices at the national level were 5 per cent lower over the year with prices down sharply in the most expensive quartile (-8 per cent) and flat in the cheapest.

Perth's housing market had looked to be bottoming out, but has been clobbered anew by new mortgage lending rules along with the rest. 

Brisbane, Adelaide, and Canberra recorded modest price growth in 2018, and Hobart topped the charts (click on the graphic to expand):

Source: CoreLogic

Gross yields in the largest two cities are off their cyclical lows, rising from about 3 per cent to 3 per cent. 

Yields on capital city real estate are of course low when compared to a 'risk free rate' of about 2.3 per cent, though of course you can't live in a 10-year government bond. 

Housing is a unique asset class as both a consumption and investment good (for example, I'll always keep property in Sydney - the alternative if I decided to return is paying at least $50,000 per annum in rent, and probably $75,000 plus the way rents are good heading for thanks!). 



Public Using Mobile Video and Social Media to Name and Shame Chinese Daigou "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A daigou is a personal shopper who buys items to send back to people in China, usually for a significant markup. This is a cheaper alternative for Chinese buyers to purchase products around the world. Especially products so in demand in their home country that they often can't be purchased. Like decent quality milk powder produced by Australia. This has caused problems with locals in Australia with hundreds of tins of baby formula being purchased by Chinese daigou to be sent back to China. These daigou can strip shelves of milk powder in minutes. While supermarkets have responded with limiting the number of tins a person can buy per purchase this has failed as the daigou simply go straight back in to purchase more. In response, the Australian public now records videos of these Chinese shoppers stripping the shelves of baby formula then posts to social media. Australia is well known for giving anyone a fair go but there are limits.

Ever think of robbing a store but stopped thinking "what if I'm seen?". Cameras are everywhere. Just about everyone has one in their pocket. Powered up, hours of free space, a phone unlock and camera app start away from filming. YouTube and Facebook have made it easy to share videos for free. Anyone can do it. Now they are. When over 30 daigou recently went on a baby formula buying spree in Brisbane, Shane Conroy captured the raid on video to post to Facebook. The footage has since been viewed half a million times with thousands of shares. The situation with foreign shoppers stripping shelves is only getting worse. The public is now stepping up to record these incidents to post them online to publicly name and shame these people as laws and rules are ineffective.

Is it better when Big Brother is not a central authority but instead is implemented by the people, themselves?

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Murray-Darling Basin Plan: a $13 billion fraud on the environment "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Some home truth about the current Murray-Darling Basin Plan to remember as we enter into the morass of competeing claims in NSW State and Australian Federal election campaigns in the first half of this year....


MR R. BEASLEY SC, Senior Counsel Assisting:

.Commissioner, the Water Act and the Basin Plan have been hailed as ground-breaking reform. They are. What this Commission has learnt, however, from the evidence it has gathered, and from the witnesses that have informed us, is that its one thing to enact transformative legislation like the Water Act and the Basin Plan, its quite another thing to faithfully implement it. Sadly, the implementation of the Basin Plan at crucial times has been characterised by a lack of attention to the requirements of the Water Act and a near total lack of transparency in an important sense.

Those matters have had, and continue to have, a negative impact on the environment and probably the economies of all the Basin Plan states but the state that will suffer the most is the state at the end of the system, South Australia. The Water Act was a giant national compromise. At its heart was a recognition that all of the Basin states Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia were taking too much water from the system and had been for a long time. That, as a matter of statutory fact in the Water Act, and as a matter of reality, has led to serious degradation of the environment of the Basin....


Call 1214 To Report Hospital ER Units Not Admitting Patients "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Weve been hearing a lot lately about hospitals asking patients for money before admitting them to ER and Ive shared couple of videos on the blog. In order to report such violations, the Health Ministry has set up a hotline 1214 to call and inform the ministry about such a case.

Throwing patients out of ER for not having money or papers is inhumane.


Recently Re-Registered Bell Helicopter Textron 412EP VH-LWI Ferries North via Gladstone and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A nice helicopter noted flying North from Redcliffe to Townsville on Wednesday 2 January was recently re-registered Bell Helicopter Textron 412EP VH-LWI.

VH-LWI was noted flying into Gladstone Airport from Redcliffe.  After taking on fuel, it continued to Mackay Airport for another fuel stop before continuing to Townsville where it is pictured above.

The big Bell is registered to Helicorp (Toll Helicopters) but recently the operator details were changed to the Queensland Government (State of Queensland).  This suggests that it may be taking up duties with the Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue service.

VH-LWI is possibly in Townsville to replace Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412EP helicopter VH-ESB which was noted ferrying South all the way to Mudgee in New South Wales during the middle part of December - see Blog post below.

Of interest, VH-LWI is no stranger to airborne medical retrieval services having operated with Careflight in New South Wales as "Careflight 5".

VH-LWI in full Careflight colours in May 2014  (File photo)



A Look at The Central Queensland Gliding Club "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Follower and contributor to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog, Ash B is a member of the Central Queensland Gliding Club, and he enjoys flying around the skies of Central Queensland in an aircraft without an engine!

Ash has shared some information on this little known but popular club for aviators in Central Queensland and shared some spectacular photos from a recent flight he took from the Club's own McMaster Airfield, to Thangool, via Dululu, Boundary Hill Mine, Callide Power Station, Smokey Creek and then back.

The Central Queensland Gliding Club is based at Dixalea, off the Burnett Highway, about 83 kilometres from Rockhampton, just south of Dululu.  It is the closest gliding operation to Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald.



Tsuki Patisserie - Spring Hill "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Friends would know that there is very little I find more enjoyable than Japanese Pastries. Unlike "some people" who load themselves up on sugar on an undiscriminating basis, I prefer my sweets to be more subtle and refined, which is why I was super excited to see a new Japanese Patisserie open in Spring Hill. Being walking distance from work makes it a real risk being so proximate. Wanting to check it out, Adam and I made a quick trip on Saturday morning in hope that all the cakes would still be in stock. 

My strategy proved useful as we arrived to a fully stocked pastry cabinet, and it was really difficult for me to make my decision when I wanted them all!

Aside from the standard coffee options, there was also some unique drinks such as charcoal latte, taro latte and red velvet latte. I actually really wanted to try the charcoal latte, but they were out of stock.



Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Sakura Kaiten II "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Having now gone on so many interstate trips with my trusty colleague, Iron Fist, we've gotten to a stage where we not only seek out new and fun places to eat at, we also make a point to revisit old favourites which have made an impression on our travels. I was fairly surprised though when he mentioned that one of the highlights in Melbourne for him was the dinner we had last year at Sakura Kaiten on Little Collins Street. I guess this must have been a popular opinion with a fair amount of locals as we realised that they opened a second store nearby along Londsdale Street, a stones throw away from work, so off we went for our lunch break.

Again, decor was funky and vibrant. I did miss the Studio Ghibli theme of the original store though.



Eating Out: Easy House Vegetarian (Christmas Day edition!) "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Hello friends, and welcome to the new year. I hope the last week and a bit has been good for you, however you celebrated or didn't. My Christmas Day started as per usual, with a 7.30 bikram yoga class followed by a fruit platter at the studio. It was a fun class, and watermelon never tastes as good as when you have just done 90 minutes of yoga in a hot and sweaty room!

Normally we do a Christmas lunch at home, but this year we decided to buck tradition and had a reservation for lunch at Easy House Vegetarian. Regular readers will know that I love Easy House, and have enjoyed yum cha there many times. They are always open on Christmas Day, so why not?

It was me and my parents, so that made for three. Three is the perfect number of yum cha, as almost every little plate comes has three on it. So we were able to eat a lot! Starting with these Pan Fried Dumplings and Radish Cakes (I love radish cakes!).

Pan-Fried Dumplings and Radish Cake at Easy House

Food comes out fast at yum cha, and soon we had a full table. Another two of my favourites are the BBQ pork buns and the bean curd rolls, seen here with the satay skewers and black bean eggplant.

Rice Paper rolls are always lovely and refreshing, and we also had some broccoli dumplings. Somehow we only had one plate of steamed dumplings during this visit, normally I get a few varieties.

Rice Paper Rolls at Easy House



Nibbles, Bubbles, Laughs And Nudity At Art4Plays Life Drawing Parties "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

An Art4Play party will have your friends talking well into the future. The companys unique party concept guarantees laughs and stories that will be told and retold for years to come. Art4Play parties are built around an art lesson with a difference. Party-goers discover their inner Michelangelo with the benefit of a nude life-model to ...

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Ricky Martin And His Husband Announce Birth Of Baby Girl "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Singer Ricky Martin and his husband are starting 2019 with a new bundle of joy, announcing the birth of his daughter on Instagram. We are beyond happy to announce that we have become parents to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Lucia Martin-Yosef, the singer wrote on Instagram, on an adorable photo of he and ...

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OPINION: Saint Phyllis Cilento Loses Her Halo "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

In 2018 about 900 medical staff at the Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital signed a petition for Phyllis Cilentos name to be removed from the institution. After a poorly run poll, the state government did remove her name, but controversy continues around the decision though with the benefit of very few facts to inform the ...

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Tuesday, 01 January


Qld Councils & the 80/20 rule 81% of Queenslanders live in just 12 out of 78 LGAs "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

In the final week of 2018, the Brisbane Times published an article The capital cities that ate Australia, which opened:

They are the capital cities eating up the rest of Australia.

Already home to more than two-thirds of the nations 25 million residents, each capital city will soon dominate their respective state or territory in a way that will challenge Australias economic and political landscape.

Special projections from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Hobart will soon account for at least half the population in each of their respective jurisdictions.

At the moment, in contrast to the capitals in other states, both the Brisbane metro area (at 49% of state population) and Hobart (at 44%) account for under half of their state populations. However, in my view, we should instead consider Brisbane, the Gold Coast and increasingly the Sunshine Coast as an SEQ metropolis, the 200km City as UQ Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt once called it (see my 2015 post Urban sprawl filling in the 200km City).

Two-in-three Queenslanders live in the 200km City (e.g. see chart below, which shows the SEQ local government areas filling the top positions in the ranking of Queenslands Local Government Areas by population size). The state seems much less decentralised when considering that fact (also see my Fact check: Does a majority of Qlds population live outside SEQ?).


12:30 Caboolture - Bribie Island Road "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Hazard - Signal fault - Lights blacked out


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Wooga "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Time for some quick write ups of my interstate trips throughout the year, both for work and for pleasure. First up was a dinner at the very popular Korean BBQ joint Wooga, on one of my earlier trips to Melbourne. Feeling in the mood for KBBQ, I made a point to do my research and found there to be a considerable number of Korean restaurants all situated along Victoria Street, North Melbourne just above Queen Vic Markets. It was extremely busy that evening, luckily we had made a reservation beforehand.

The menu was, as you would expect, indulgently meaty and probably not too suitable for vegetarians. I found it to be wonderfully suited to my tastes. I particularly liked the combo deals, saving me some decision making when ordering.


Progressive playwrights and luvvies for Science "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Help is at hand for the beleagued climate scientists. The progressive literati are here to help, like good government workers. This story ran in The Weekend Australian 22-23 December with a piece by Dianne Stubbings. David Williamson has revisited his youth when he was a kind of scientists, actually a mechanical engineer. His creation Nearer the Gods was recently staged by Queensland Theatre to feed the fascination of the public with the moral dilemmas of science and scepticism. Apparently he took on some of the giants of 17th century science including Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley and Robert Hooke.

Meditating on Newton, Williamson wrote I was astounded and awed at how one man took us from total ignorance of the laws of the universe to an almost complete understanding in one giant leap.

What happened to Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo, to name a few who paved the way? And since when did Newtonian mechanics come anywhere near complete understanding of the laws of the universe? Who was sillier, Williamson to say that or Stubbings to repeat it without comment?

The Belvoir Theatre is reviving Brechts Life of Galileo, apparently as a warning to show how politics can overshadow science, as though climate science is being persecuted! Eamon Flack, the artistic director at Belvoir says that we live in a time when science is being selectively defunded and the moral authority of the scientific consensus is being eroded.

It is terrifying and ridiculous. You can shout down the opposition but you cant bully the carbon out of the atmosphere.

So who is doing the shouting I wonder?

Right on comrades!


Viv Forbes press release on the Queensland pastoral colleges "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Priorities for the Bush.
by Viv Forbes

The Saltbush Club today called on the Federal government to slash spending on the climate alarm and climate conference industries and use the money to save the threatened Queensland pastoral colleges in Longreach and Emerald.

The executive director of the Saltbush Club, Mr Viv Forbes, said that for too long tax payers have watched federal agencies like CSIRO waste money on climate models that do not work, on carbon accounting that is not needed, on never-ending climate jamborees and on re-invention of carbon farming.

They also watched in disbelief as ex-PM Turnbull in one afternoon found $444 M to donate to a small charity living off the Great Barrier Reef.

Our great rural industries need trade-skilled people with relevant academic knowledge. They do not need urban academics in green uniforms who are hostile to rural industry.

Farmers and graziers would prefer their taxes were spent on local colleges educating their sons and daughters in practical skills rather than sending them to the coast to learn how to smoke pot, drink beer, buy ice and follow the green religion.

Our rural food bowl is far more important to Australia than all the tax-supported wind turbines, solar panels and climate propagandists put together.

Viv Forbes
Executive Director


Kelp Gull at Wynnum Creek Boat Ramp reported by David Lie on 01-01-2019 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

I assume this is the same bird many people listed last month. Instead of sitting with the gulls on the wall beside the ramp, this time was plonked 3m from the shore on the mud for a while.


Common Sandpiper, Brolga, Great Crested Grebe at Wiggins Island Coal Terminal Rd Wetlands, Gladstone reported by Ted Wnorowski on 26-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

After heavy rains all ponds are full of water and birds returned again. Main feature were a large flock of Red-necked Avocets (87) and a family of Brolgas (a pair with 1 juv.). In the deeper pond behind the fence was a single juv Great Crested Grebe. On the man-made structure in this pond was roosting Common Sandpiper. Other interesting birds included Marsh Sandpiper (3), Common Greenshank (5), Glossy Ibis (5) and a pair of Brown Falcons with a chick in the nest. There was also a flock (9) of Plum-headed Finches feeding in the tall grass.


January 1 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

1785 John Oxley , who was an early Australian explorer, was hatched in Yorkshire, England. In 1824 Oxley tripped over the Brisbane River and Bremer River on Moreton Bay, an area now known as Brisvegas...err...Brisbane.

1793 The Flogging Parson aka Samuel Marsden was appointed assistant to the chaplain of New South Wales.

1809 Lieut William Paterson frocked up & rocked up at Port Jackson where he assumed the ballgown and role of Governor.

1810 Because he had nothing better to do that day (apart from recover from a hangover), Major General Lachlan Macquarie took up office as the fifth Governor of New South Wales.

1811 Governor Lachlan Macquarie's police regulations for Sydney came into effect, and the Sydney Police Court was established.

1812 John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (in England) is appointed Surveyor-General of NSW.
Oh, and happy 27th birthday, Johnny-boy!

1814 The Fair Isle of Oz got its first form of currency when The 'holey dollar' and 'dump' trotted out into circulation.

1822 The Van Diemen's Land Agricultural Society was formed in Hobart.

1823 YES! We should have this day off as an extra public holiday just to give thanks for the fact that distillation of spirits was officially allowed in the colony of NSW.
It's already a public holiday.

1825 Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, was opened to traffic; it is still in use today. When completed the Bridge had the record of having the longest span of Australias bridges, a record not surpassed until 1836.

1827 The Sydney Gazette began daily publication. On 10th February this was reduced to three times a week.

1829 Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached the Bogan River. He tickled about the edges of the Darling River while having a good stickybeak near present day Bourke, and then fox-trotted his way as he traced the Castlereagh River.

1830 I like their timing...4 hotels in Fremantle became Western Australia's first licensed premises.

1837 For a pittance of 10 licence fee generous Gov. Bourke told squatters to go forth and graze beyond the limits of location.

1838 First horse race meeting held in Adelaide.

1838 Another bloke with too much time over the festive season....Melbourne's first newspaper, a miniature sheet of four pages handwritten in manuscript, called the Port Phillip Advertiser, was founded and issued by John Pascoe Fawkner.

1839 Assignment of convicts for service in towns ended.

1841 WA Governor John Hutt laid the....


2018 Sunshine Coast Birds Big Year "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

#278 Barking Owl
Every now and then I think it's good to take up a challenge: set oneselfa goal and go for it. It maytake a while to reach yourtarget. It wasmany years before I finally attainedmy goal of seeing all 234 bird families in the world; that milestone was notched upin Panama in 2015 with the sighting of Sapayoa.

2018 Zone of Happiness...


Mackay Airport Plane Spotting Locations - UPDATED!! "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Updated January 2019.

Mackay Airport is approximately 6km from the city of Mackay and is served by most of Australia's major airlines. QantasLink operates primarily Dash-8-Q400 turboprop and Boeing B717-200 jet aircraft into Mackay, with some services operated by Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 aircraft. Jetstar flys Airbus A320s into Mackay at least daily from Brisbane and Virgin Australia fly predominantly Boeing B737-800 aircraft several times a day to Mackay also from Brisbane.

The passenger terminal is located on the Western side of the airport, and features an observation area where unfortunately, photos are near impossible due to the many layers of glass. Virgin Australia and Qantas have opened dedicated lounge facilities inside the Mackay Airport terminal, and the terminal building has undergone significant redevelopments also in recent months.

Perhaps the best and certainly most convenient place for plane spotting at Mackay Airport is now from the Ibis Hotel Mackay which is situated right across the road from the Mackay Airport terminal building!

Rooms up on the sixth and seventh floors offers views across the whole Airport including most the main parking apr...


Rockhampton Airport Plane Spotting Locations - UPDATED!! "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Updated January 2019.

Rockhampton Airport is situated about 5km west of the City of Rockhampton with Hunter Street being the main access road into the airport. Scheduled passenger services to Rockhampton are operated by Qantas (QantasLink) and Virgin Australia / Alliance Airlines.

QantasLink flights are mostly operated by Dash-8-Q400 turbo-prop aircraft with the occasional Cobham Aviation-operated Boeing B717-200 jet aircraft.

Virgin Australia services are operated by a mix of Boeing B737 jet aircraft and Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 and F-100 jet aircraft.  Alliance Airlines took over operating some services for Virgin Australia into Rocky in 2017.

Freight services usually fly into Rockhampton Airport in the evening and early morning by Pel-Air Express SAAB 340A Freighters and Toll Freight Express Metros.  General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) Dornier DO 228-202s often call in from Emerald Airport before departing to Brisbane.

Rockhampton Airport also sees a lot of ad-hoc and heavy-lift charter arrivals, particularly in association with various Australian, Singaporean, and American military exercises, where various military fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft can also be seen....


Queensland fought to stop Daintree's world heritage listing, cabinet papers reveal "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

In 1988, Mike Ahern's government was also trying to distance itself from corruption under Joh Bjelke-Petersen and establish a greenhouse gas policy to combat climate changeIn 1988 while most Queenslanders were busy celebrating the bicentenary and hosting the World Expo 88, the government was fighting a bitter campaign to stop the Daintree Rainforest being heritage listed and was desperately trying to distance itself from the corruption that flourished under Joh Bjelke-Petersen's [...]

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Monday, 31 December


Frogging 2018: The highlights and memories "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As the final hours of 2018 draw to a close, looking back on the year brings many good memories of frogging highlights and time spent with friends, but also sadness and loss of words at the disappearance of one such friend. The year began with a frogging trip to the Wet Tropics including locations such []


Qld less reliant on overseas migration as driver of growth than southern states "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Over 2018 I have commented regularly that the Queensland economy is under-performing relative to NSW and Victoria, and this has been reflected in the states unemployment rate remaining above 6% while the national rate has fallen toward 5%. It should be borne in mind, however, that population and economic growth in the southern states have been boosted by very high rates of net overseas migration (at 1-1.5% of population p.a. in the southern states compared with 0.6% in Queensland). These rates are placing large strains on infrastructure in these states and may not be sustainable.

I have taken the opportunity provided by the release just before Christmas of the ABSs demographic data for June 2018 to analyse population change by component by state/territory (see the facet plot below for financial years 1987-88 to 2017-18).


In Queensland, natural increase (i.e. births minus deaths), net overseas migration, and net interstate migration make similar contributions to total population growth, while in NSW and Victoria, net overseas migration is by far the largest component of population change. If this pattern continues, the difference in the population composition between Queensland and the southern state...


Shorter of breath and one year closer to death "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

So that's good! Another year survived here at the end of our collapsing civilisation. Not everything survived, however. I pulled the plug on Alien Side Boob last night, something I'd been intending to wind down gently over the next week or two. But Gumroad does not do gentle. As soon as I hit the button to turn off the subscriptions, it nuked the entire thing.

Oh well... I guess I got there a little quicker than I imagined.

For anyone paying attention, you can get the collection of kinder, gentler (and to be honest... funnier) Monday columns on the Beast of Bezos for free right now. But not for long.

It's here.

One of the reasons I pulled up stumps at the Boob is that after a three pretty hard years I'm starting to get the wind in my sails again. I have a bunch of projects underway, some of them not at all the sort of thing I've previously earned my quids from. (And some, like WW 3.1, exactly that sort of thing). I want to get this year right and part of that means saying no to some shit so I can bring all my guns to bear on the main targets.

I'm taking a couple of weeks to chill and reset before the year spins up again, which I'm taking to mean Jan 16 when I launch Alicia Wanstall-Burke's Blood of Heirs at Avid Reader in West End. I finished it the other day. Really fucking impressive bit of work. I find myself in the unsual position of tapping my toes impatiently waiting for the next in the series.

Don't you fucking hate it when authors do that to you?


Discreet And Cautious: What Its Like Being LGBTIQ In Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Indonesian law does not criminalise private, consenting adult same-sex acts. However, in the majority Muslim country, there is an element of societal disapproval. Also, because of the need for social harmony in the diverse country, a citizens duties are the priority rather than their rights. Adding even more complexity to the situation for the Indonesian ...

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Granite Belt ride reveals wonders (Pt 2) "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The wonders of the Granite Belt in southern Queensland attracted Gold Coast rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes. He organised a two-day trip with the help of Monique Krause, marketing coordinator of Granite Belt Wine Country. Click here for the first part of his trip.

Granite Belt wondersClick here for the Google Maps route 

More wonders

Day two of my new frontier exploration of the Granite Belt region led me to more wonders.

The Jamworks Gourmet Cafe and Larder was the place to go for breakfast where they make all their jams on site. One of the owners, Stef, was on duty and shared how they often get machinery clubs and car clubs among others journeying through or frequently meeting up there.

In fact as I enjoyed some apple juice and an omelette, the local classics group turned up for their monthly gathering.  A smattering of classic vehicles surrounded the parking lot and the conversation rose enthusiastically within the cafe to fever pitch.


You arent visiting Stanthorpe properly if you havent experienced several wineries across the area. In fact there are more than 45 different vineyards in the region and to explore all of them in one hit is an impossibility which is why many people just keep returning....


Granite Belt begs to be ridden (Pt 1) "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Granite Belt in southern Queensland tempts Gold Coast rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes who organised a two-day trip with the help of Monique Krause, marketing coordinator of Granite Belt Wine Country. Click here for the second part of his trip.

Granite Belt wondersClick here for the Google Maps route 

The region is two hours west of the Gold Coast and up until now I only knew it as that cold place where it snows in Queensland in winter.

Stanthorpe is at the heart of the region and when I was told it was one of the cooler areas in South East Queensland over the summer, I was hooked as riding in summer can be taxing. I was especially hooked when I remembered the curvaceous ride up through Killarney and the sumptuous twists of the Tenterfield range that enable me to get there and return.

Granite foundation

The Granite Belt region is aptly named sitting on a ribbon of granite rock that is naturally displayed in all sorts of interesting shapes. Budding geologists will have a ball.

The land is utilised for many industries including wine and grape vineyards, apple farms, strawberry farms, fish hatcheries and cheese factories to name several.

To get to the Granite Belt region from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, there are several options: the Warrego Highway to Toowoomba then out through Warwick and south bound. There is also the Cunninghams Gap option which is a stunning and curvy ride to Warwick. I came up through Boonah, Carneys Creek and Killarney. If you are coming from the Northern Rivers region, up through Casino then the Tenterfield range is the way to go.

For me the ride up through Killarney is stunning, encompassing narrow, winding roads through canopied rai...

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Sunday, 30 December


Environmental Buccaneering: Adanis Stalling Mega-Mining Project in Northern Australia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

It should be a sign for this Indian giant, a company that has done much to illustrate the ethical and moral bankruptcy in Australias political classes.  Despite support stretching from Canberra to rural Queensland, lifted by the fantasy of job

The post Environmental Buccaneering: Adanis Stalling Mega-Mining Project in Northern Australia appeared first on Global Research.


Record rainfall in Queensland, Australia - 1.5 meters since the start of December "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Long-term weather records have been smashed by overnight rainfall, with some parts of the Far North receiving more than a metre of water so far this month. The Bureau of Meteorology has reported 1.5m of rainfall since the start of December at Daintree Village eclipsing a previous December record of 900mm set in 1973. Cairns Airport has received its highest ever rainfall for the soggy month, with 754.4mm filling the rain gauge, as has Cooktown with 675.6mm. The bureau has also recorded 888mm of rainfall at Kuranda Railway Station, and 750mm at Innisfail wharf, the highest monthly amounts ever for both locations. Bureau duty forecaster Lachlan Stoney said they were still expecting the heavy rainfall to continue today, with a severe weather warning issued for a large area across Cape York Peninsula, extending northwest of Cairns. "It's all associated with the tropical low that's formed in the area," he said.


Adanis attack on Aboriginal leader morally reprehensible "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Sunday 30 December 2018

Traditional Owners support leader, Adrian Burragubba

Adanis bankruptcy petition is corporate bullying, abuse of process

W&J call on Qld Government to investigate Adanis sham dealings

Adani are out to punish the Traditional Owner leading the fight against their Carmichael Mine and the opening up of the Galilee Basin. In a show of abject moral failure and corporate bullying, Adani has instituted bankruptcy proceedings against W&J leader and spokesperson Adrian Burragubba, simply for retribution, said W&J Traditional Owners Family Council chairperson Linda Bobongie.

Our people will stand with Mr Burragubba at this trying time. He is a courageous leader who has put our people, country and cultural heritage before his own and his families personal needs. He speaks for many of the rightful Traditional Owners of Wangan and Jagalingou Country and we will not be frightened by Adanis latest abuse of power.

We have enormous support for our Federal Cour...


Stubble Quail, King Quail, Lewin's Rail, Brown Songlark at Bli Bli reported by Greg Roberts on 30-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

at least 8 Stubble Quail, very rare on Sunshine Coast (record shot here) & half a dozen King quail


Ep 263 Husky "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Ep 263 InDesign

Photos: Bec Taylor


Recorded by Caitlin Selder
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, 7th July 2017

Husky formed in 2008 in Melbourne and have won audiences over with their sweet take on indie folk. The duo of Husky Gawenda and Gideon Preiss have released 3 albums and have toured with huge names such as Devendra Banhart, Gotye, The Shins and Neil Young And the Crazy Horse.

They are the first Australian band to be signed to Sub Pop records in 2011 before the release of their debut album in 2012 called Forever So. They followed it up in 2014 with Ruckers Hill and in July of 2017, they released Punchbuzz. They were touring this album when they came to Brisbane, bringing their fun guitar tones to their folk sensibilities bringing an enjoyable and wholesome mix.



Soho Gardens - Fairfield "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Festive season is always stressful and Christmas present shopping is one of the hardest things to contend with whilst still keeping up with the holiday scheduling. Whilst we were out doing our end of year shopping though, nothing beats a quick rest stop for lunch to catch your breath and appreciate that you are in fact on holidays, which is why we opted for a nice relaxing lunch at Soho Gardens amid the shopping frenzy.

Situated in Fairfield Gardens, it was quite spacious and had both indoors and outdoors seating. Of course we opted for indoors seating to avoid the heat of the sun and bathe in the cool respite of air conditioning. 

The menu was quite innovative with a fair amount of share plates, grilled dishes as well as an option of a lazy banquet for the indecisive. 



Local Trivia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Very local! around my house and yard!
After the big hail storm it took me a little while to discover the amount of damage that had been done to the trees and plants around my yard.  This Leopard Tree is mid way across my back yard and very visible from my back window. Every year it loses some of the leaves but this is what the hail storm did - I could get a good view right through all the leaves and see all the birds that usually hide somewhere in there.

Slowly the dead looking branches flushed with new color and soon after that leaves covered everything again.
This palm tree is in front of the Leopard Tree and shows the hail damage. Some of the fronds were totally dead - many more badly shredded and right in the middle is a new green frond. However it will take a while for some of the palms to look really good again.
It was the palm trees out the front garden that were the most surprising. I assume it was a response to the severe weather and then the soaking rain we got a few days later. They all put up flower stems and then set seeds at a similar time.

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Saturday, 29 December


Australian researchers have developed a test that can detect cancer cells in 10 minutes "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A quick and easy test devised by scientists from the University of Queensland could transform cancer diagnosis as we know it.

Cancer is a difficult disease to diagnose because different types are characterised by different signatures. Until now, scientists have been unable to find a unique signature common to all forms of cancer that would set it apart from healthy cells.

Thats what University of Queensland researchers Dr Laura Carrascosa, Dr Abu Sina and Professor Matt Trau have addressed. They have discovered a unique DNA nanostructure that seems to be common to all types of cancer and is visible when cancer cells are placed in water.


Psychic Insights 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Psychic Insights 2019 a look at future events and study of some channelled messages and visions from psychic medium Ian Scott.

The post Psychic Insights 2019 appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


The Hand that Wont Sign the Paper: Adanis Stalling Project "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

It should be a sign for this Indian giant, a company that has done much to illustrate the ethical and moral bankruptcy in Australias political classes. Despite support stretching from Canberra to rural Queensland, lifted by the fantasy of job creation, Adani is yet to dig the earth of what would have been one of

The post The Hand that Wont Sign the Paper: Adanis Stalling Project appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Friday, 28 December


There is a place, "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

There is a place, a breathing space between where the neat hedge stops and the garden next door splays, where the moss spreads cool and green, where the stars wink with aged beams, where the spruce hare relaxes and dreams, warming her fur in the yellow-berry rays. Let us go from this place where the... Continue Reading


Lost two packages of cocaine at the beach? They're waiting for you at Bundy Police Station! "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Suspicious white powder washes up on Bundaberg beaches myPolice on Dec 28, 2018 @ 11:20am Queensland Police Service are seeking public assistance after two parcels of white powder were located washed up on beaches recently in the Bundaberg area. Members of the public contacted police after discovering two separate one-kilogram...


Breakthrough Ultrasound Method Makes Promises to Reverse the Effects Caused By Dementia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

With an estimated 7.7 million new cases of dementia diagnosed each year around the globe, scientists and researchers have been focused on not only better understanding the condition but finding a cure. A new method out of the University of Queensland may just hold the answers.

If someone you love has been diagnosed with dementia, then you know that it can be a challenging condition to navigate. With early warning signs including confusion, reduced concentration, depression, withdrawal, and memory problems, there is no doubting the fact that it can have a significant impact on your life. In fact, not only does it impact the mind, but it is also said to have a physical impact on the lives of those who live with the condition. As this condition progresses, people may struggle to remember who they are, or how to maintain their normal schedule. Unfortunately, as many of these signs are easily dismissed as nothing more than the aging process, dementia often goes unnoticed and undiagnosed for a significant period.

For those tasked with caring for those who are living with dementia, there are unique challenges. Recent developments in technology have helped to aid in care and management, improving their quality of life and assisting in ensuring their safety. For example, one Japanese company created QR code nail stickers would allow law enforcement to scan someones code if they are unable to identify themselves, providing key information like their name, address, and a contact number. While this is certainly a step forward, families around the globe are still holding onto hope of a cure.

Researchers at the University of Queenslands Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) have been focusing their efforts on a well-known and documented theory as to the development of dementia. Studies show that those living with the condition often experience a build up of the protein beta-amyloid, creating a plaque in the brain. The presence of this build-up disrupts the brains ability to communicate cell-to...


Rafes roundup 28 Dec featuring the Portal to Partners "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A New Year message to our partners, the liberal/conservative groups around the nation. Tell your members about Catallaxy unless you can recommend a better place to go for a briefing on issues of concern and the periodic Roundup Portal to Partners. We have to play a team game to win. We are going to play a team game. And we are going to win. Maybe not this year. Who knows?

Feature item. Neurotic teen transforms into the global face of climate alarmism, coached by parents. Get used to the rigid obsessive stare of the fanatical true believer. So appropriate you could not make it up. Understandable in the case of an ignorant young person with a psychiatric condition, how to explain the condition among adults with higher education?

The Portal.

Our partners in no particular order. Australian Institute for Progress, The Institute of Public Affairs IPA, the Centre for Independent Studies CIS, The Sydney Institute, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, Quadrant On Line, The Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Tim Blair, Andrew Norton, the classical liberal in Carlton, Rite-ON admirable Queensland activists!, The Menzies Research Centre, Jim Rose Utopia You Are Standing in It. LibertyWorks. On Line Opinion.
Still building and looking at more specialised sites.

Overseas. Spiked, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Dan Mitchell, The Last Refuge.

Climate. Viv Forbes Carbon Sense, Watts Up With That?, Jo Nova, The Global Warming Policy Forum, Global Coal Plant Tracker, Tony From Oz,


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Thursday, 27 December


HiHi Tea - West End "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Wandering around West End after another successful food crawl, we had aimed to walk off some of the bloat. We ended up walking straight into HiHi Desserts and Drinks for his fix of bubble tea and cake. 

I appreciate the bright and crisp interior. Service was quick and efficient at the counter and we were soon seated at one of the last tables in house. Customers streamed in and out during the evening, most of them had take away, as is expected from a bubble tea joint. 


Expect The Unexpected: Drag Star Bianca Del Rio On Her New Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

QNews Magazine Editor Destiny Rogers says she can die happy after interviewing her all time favourite RuPauls Drag Race star, Bianca Del Rio. Bianca returns to Brisbane in February with a brand-new show after three previous sell-out tours of Australia. In Its Jester Joke, the clown in a gown shares tales of her world travels ...

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Wednesday, 26 December


REVIEW: Black Comedy The Favourite Sends Up Aloof Royals "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Falling somewhere between Dangerous Liaisons and All About Eve, The Favourite is a simultaneously wicked and witty period comedy that unashamedly delights in cattiness. Yorgos Lanthimoss sumptuous production tells the story of 18th century English monarch Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). Ostensibly a strong and capable monarch, Anne is actually frail and unstable and her lady-in-waiting, ...

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Recently Delivered Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-UQF First Visit to CQ at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

On Wednesday 26 December, Alliance Airlines recently delivered Fokker F-100 jet VH-UQF was photographed making its first visit to Central Queensland, arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane operating on behalf of Virgin Australia Airlines as VOZ1243.  This was its first ever revenue flight with Alliance Airlines following its delivery almost two weeks ago.


Christmas Pictures 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Below you will not find a gallery of Family Photographs for Christmas celebrations 2018. Fun and food was shared by all but unfortunately the photographer (Moi) is also the chef, the entertainer, waitress, nanny, and general all-rounder so not even a Continue reading

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Tuesday, 25 December


Merry Christmas from East Africa "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and my very best wishes to you all.

It has been an exciting year for us and I am so delighted that so many of you have joined me from around the world on the new Permaculture Education Institute online permaculture program.

Thank you

Now we are in East Africa until the end of the year supporting local permaculture teachers and permaculture programs for women and children in need.  Thank you so much for your generous donations to support these programs.

Best wishes for 2019

When I get access to more constant internet, I cant wait to share with you so many stories, conversations and project updates.

I look forward to chatting with you all in the new year.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Merry Christmas and our very best wishes for 2019.

With Love,

Morag and all the team at Permaculture Education Institute, Our Permaculture Life and Ethos Foundation


In East Africa. Photo by my 10yo son

Maia and Hugh at the childrens home




Rainbow Hub Launch "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Photos by Louise Kane [FAGP id=32396]

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Monday, 24 December


Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Asian Dowitcher at Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost reported by Rob Elvish on 23-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Birds still present up to midday. AD on the island favoured by Pelicans near the gate, with godwits. BBS often alone foraging in samphire on the big island in front of the second hide as reported before.


Smoked Paprika - Paddington "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Making some progress through our hitlist of places to try, Adam and I found ourselves at Smoked Paprika one sunny Saturday morning to kick off an epic weekend. I had long wanted to try out the food here, but he has been a long time fan, so I knew I was in for a treat. We arrived early on at 9AM in the morning, and it was lucky we did before the midday heat. Seating was largely outside and we had a seat close to the kitchen. 



Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

It's Christmas Eve here. A quiet one. In that weird Australian way we just had pasta for dinner. We're lunching with the neighborinos tomorrow, seafood and cold meats. I went to the gym this arvo to build up a deficit but then, you know, pasta.

Hope everyone has a good day and a better new year.


RSS Feed : All Categories: Hemmant (east Brisbane) scrap metal fire as at 11.05am Mon 24 Dec "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

**Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are no longer required on scene at this incident.**

RSS Feed : All Categories: Hemmant (east Brisbane) scrap metal fire as at 11.05am Mon 24 Dec "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

**Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are no longer required on scene at this incident.**

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Sunday, 23 December


Christmas Gift Market "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Friday 14th Dec, 3.00pm Sunday 23rd Dec, 10.00pm, Stanley Street Plaza


Ep 262 Dappled Cities "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Ep 262 InDesign

Photos: Ben Knight

Dappled Cities

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 12th May 2017

Dappled Cities are a 5 piece rock band that have truly been around the block after forming in the late 90s. They have released 5 albums in their career, and played across the world to a dedicated and excited fan base.

They started out as teenagers in 1997 playing a bunch of gigs in underage venues before they were of the age to play the larger licenced venues. They toured consistently in Australia and New Zealand and then had European and American tours, even playing South by Southwest three times. Despite forming in 97, they released their first full length record in 2004 with the album A Smile. They followed up with Granddance in 2006, Zounds in 09, and Lake Air in 2012. It would be five years before they would release a new album which was aptly called 5 and saw a line up change for the band.

Their set at The Foundry was well received with tracks from a...


DocQ: Merry Christmas & Say No To GHB "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Silly season is in full swing again, and its all office parties, Christmas parties, NYE parties and big club events. Whilst its wonderful to be able to let your hair down and enjoy your hard-earned fun, its important not to let your health take a back seat. Sometimes at such events you might end up ...

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AskDocQ: Gay Conversion Therapy Is Like Trying To Change Your Eye Colour Through Prayer "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Gay conversion therapy is in the news again, with concerns that the practice is again on the rise. In the past, this kind of reparative therapy was offered as a cure for homosexuality, but the practice fell out of favour after being condemned by the UN, the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Psychological Association. ...

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Saturday, 22 December


Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-XNE Spotted at Mackay Airport - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Making a unexpected visit to Mackay Airport during late in the morning on Friday 21 December was Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-XNE.  It appeared to be completing a flight from and back to its Cairns base but didn't appear to be using its 'usual' radio callsign of "Rescue 330".

After around an hour on the ground, VH-XNE departed back to Cairns.

Meanwhile, across the course of Thursday 20 December, there were several medical evacuation rescue helicopters that were noted flying around Bundaberg Airport.

RACQ LifeFlight Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter VH-XIJ "Rescue 533" arrived from Toowoomba and departed to the Prince Charl...


Vale Jon Baird Legendary 4ZZZ Journalist and Troublemaker "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Jon was the media spokeperson for 4ZZZ after the Cybernana Market Day in 1996 ended in a riot.

One of 4ZZZs original journalists Jon Baird passed away quietly mid December 2018.

Jon Baird helped establish Locked In (then called Inside Information). His coverage of the Boggo Road Jail Riots won national awards. 4ZZZ broke the story and was able to provide exclusive coverage due to inside information accessible because of Jons sources inside the notorious prison. The mainstream media used Jon as a source during the infamous uprising.

Among other demands of the inmates was the right to listen to 4ZZZ, a vital lifeline to the outside world for those inside (then and now). While many of the changes which occurred as a result of the riots have since been eroded, the right to listen to 4ZZZ still stands and if you listen to the station from 6-8pm Monday the show Jon helped establish is still on-air.

When Jon travelled to England his voice could still be heard on a series of reports named London Line.

Back Australia in the 90s Jon rejoined the newsroom. The programs Brisbane and Beyond, and Brisbane Line were enriched by his journalistic talent and passion for social justice. When he left Australia again to teach English in Taiwan and then China he still appeared on the station giving intermittent reports for the Anarchy Show  Subversin #1312).

He wanted his reports from China called Behind th...


Best Local fish and chips? "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Alright so Im from cairns but have moved down to Brisbane and whilst Im here I may as well have a good ol local style fish and chips. Im thinking Petes place because thats the OG IMO but Im open to suggestions, none of that fancy $25 for a kids serving skullduggery we get in Brizvegas, I want way too much batter and the option of chicken salt.

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Friday, 21 December


Adanis Christmas pantomime hides a more sinister tale "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


Friday 21 December 2018

Adanis insistence that its mine is commencing is turning into a Christmas pantomime that masks the full brunt of the corporate conglomerates destructive and divisive influence, say Traditional Owners.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead council spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, We know first hand that Adani cant be trusted and will cover their activities with clever PR. But we dont buy it and we continue to defend our lands and waters from destruction and prevent them building their mine.

Mine construction thwarted

Adani do not have several key approvals critical to them making any real progress on building the mine. In addition, the W&J Traditional Owners Federal Court full-bench appeal will now most likely be heard in May 2019, with a decision some time after that. Indications are that the Queensland Government will not extinguish native title at the Carmichael site before then, preventing Adani from building its critical mine infrastructure.

Mr Burragubba said: On Tuesday, an application in the Federal Court by Adani to throw out our legal challenge against the mine, unless we paid $160,000 within two weeks, was not accepted by Justice Robertson.

We beat back Adani and their high-pr...


David Bidstrup. More doom and gloom and we are paying for it "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Climate change has reached fever pitch again with more doom and gloom being shouted at us each day. Two articles appeared in papers I read this morning [a day or two ago]. The Australian proclaimed Climate lowdown warns of no escape from rising heat and The Advertiser, (always handy to have in case there is a need to wrap up any old dead fish), had a full page expose titled Feel the heat in large letters.

Both articles have their origin in the latest scaremongering by the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO. This is the fifth State of the climate report and it tells us that we are going to fry/get more storms/get acid seawater/be inundated by rising sea levels and many other effects from the dreaded carbon dioxide.

I was interested in the doomsday graph that showed temperature changes compared to the 1861-1900 mean. Apart from the fact that average temperatures mean absolutely nothing, (read the paper by Christopher Essex), and have been demonstrated to be constructed from very sparse data, (see work by John McLean), I thought I would see how long temperature records have been kept, particularly in the period used as the baseline for all the drama.

The table below shows a sample of locations around the country and the date that data collection began. It is not exhaustive but interesting nonetheless.

[Editor, I cant line up the columns. The order of columns is:]
Records start
Years to 1900
1861 to 1900
% of time

Location Records start Years to 1900 1861 to 1900 % of time

Melbourne 1855 45 40 113%
Sydney 1860 40 40 100%
Hobart 1880 20 40 50%
Adelaide 1888 12 40 30%
Brisbane 1890 10 40 25%
Cairns 1890 10 40 25%
Total 132 240 55%
Broome 1900
Darwin 1940
Alice Springs 1940
Townsville 1940
Oodnadatta 1940
Perth 1945
Coober Pedy 1965

5 capital cities and Cairns all have some data in the period 1861 to 1900 but it is not continuous except for Melbourne and Sydney. The rest have percentages ranging from 50 to 25 of the period.

When the data years are compared with the actual years the percentage of time with data is about 55%, but mostly concentrated in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart with a smattering from Brisbane and cairns.

It is also interesting to note that places like Darwin, Alice Springs, Perth and some regional places have no records until 1940 and later.

Anyone who has travelled a bit knows that the climate in Darwin is very different to that in Hobart so to believe that there can be an Australian climate requires a bit of gullibility and anyone proclaiming that it is so is kidding us.



Special Rub - Coorparoo "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Saturday morning we were feeling hungry for breakfast. Not really wanting to brave the crowds at New Farm or Bulimba, we thought outside the box and found ourselves at Coorparoo Square, specifically at Special Rub for an American inspired diner style breakfast. Kicking off at 9AM, we were the first in the door. With seating both inside and outside, I would normally prefer indoors, but he preferred the sunlight and morning breeze, so I acquiesced (things you do for the ones you love I guess). 


The menu was short and sweet. You could definitely tell that the options were very American inspired. Having unlimited filter coffee though, was definitely something that struck me. We had to have it and at $5 per person, it was such a steal. 


PHOTOS: Makeup Artists Turned These Queensland Drag Stars Into Christmas Queens "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australias only internationally ISO accredited makeup education provider and the #1 ranked makeup school in the Asia Pacific, Huxley School of Makeup on the Gold Coast, celebrated the festive season with a dragalicious Christmas pageant photo shoot exclusively for QNews Magazine. Ten Huxley students made up nine Queensland drag stars and the schools founder, Michael ...

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Glee Actor Darren Criss Says He Wont Play Gay Characters Anymore "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Actor Darren Criss has said hes no longer comfortable playing gay characters, because he fears a gay actor may miss out on the role as a result. Criss rose to fame playing gay character Blaine Anderson on Glee, and recently played gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. ...

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The Amity Affliction announce new drummer "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Defeater drummer Joe Longobardi is the newest member of Brisbane outfit The Amity Affliction.

When original drummer Ryan Burt left the group in 2016 citing mental health, with the issue of psychological struggle and well-being becoming a major theme of this years LP Misery.

The band announced the news today on their social media, including promo shots of the bands new lineup that is set to become a fixture of the global touring scene.

Weve been speaking with Joe for a long, long time, however his touring commitments with Defeater meant that he couldnt join as soon as we wanted him to said the band.

Fast forward to recording, Joe came into the studio and absolutely smashed it, and we had a fucking amazing time with him there. We offered him the spot again, and lucky for us he said yes.

Longobardi has long been one of the most respected hardcore drummers around today, known for breaking the mold with his work across Defeaters diverse and expansive back catalog.

Check out Joes work with Defeater


The band have had numerous fill-ins since the departure of Burt, with Plini (and various other Djent projects) drummer Troy Wright even stepping in for a hit.

Troy Wright, just one of the fill-ins that Amity have gifted us with recently


Youll be able to catch the new look Amity Affliction lineup when they touch down in Australia next year for the Download Festival. You can catch all the details for that here.


Tributes For Queensland Drag Pioneers Simone Signoret And Gloria Swanson "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Queensland drag performer Simone Signoret (left) was an unforgettable personality, writes Bill Rutkin Kevin Deane, aka Simone Signoret, passed away a few weeks ago. Although Simone was an unforgettable and flamboyant personality, the exotic exterior masked a shy and complex person. Simone was a generous host, a fabulous cook (best chili con carne ever), an ...

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Australian Wrestling Association The Purge "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


Professional Wrestling hits The Zoo on Feb 2nd when Grindhouse presents THE PURGE!
The first show of 2019 is going to set the bar as 30 men get ready to compete in the annual HARDCORE PURGE RUMBLE where 1 man will outlast 29 others and become the number 1 contender to the AWA Heavyweight Championship! Beginning with 2 men in the ring, another competitor will enter every 90 seconds and can bring any weapon they want into the ring. There are no friends or alliances in this match as each man tries to throw each other over the top rope to the floor below and eliminate them from the match.
When the siren sounds, the Purge will begin
Plus the AWA Heavyweight Championship will be on the line as RUFIO challenges the Champion, SHOWTIME Jake Nova!  The Pirate Slayer has been in great form recently, wrestling at the top of his game, and won a tournament to become the number one contender, but will he be able to beat Jake Nova who in the last year has defended the AWA Chanpionship and competed against, Robbie Eagles, Adam Brooks, and Will Osprey?
Get your tickets now to The Purge!


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OPINION: How the Ruddock Review Has Harmed The LGBTI Community "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Many LGBTI people breathed a sigh of relief that the Ruddock Review didnt recommend a roll back of LGBTI human rights. Many were pleased Philip Ruddock said theres not a lot of evidence of discrimination against people of faith, particularly given how stridently the religious right claimed during the postal survey there was such evidence. ...

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Six Summer Skincare Hacks "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The sun is shining and the beach is calling your name (we hear it, too). But before you throw your skincare routine out the window in favour of salt water and coconut oil here are six hacks from Australian Skin Clinics to ease your skin into the hotter months. 1. Switch out heavy moisturisers ...

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Population growth remains strong (but internal trends shift) "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Population growth still strong

The June quarter tends to be a quiet one for population increase, but over the course of FY2018 estimated population growth remained strong at 391,000 or +1.6 per cent, despite a moderate slowing of visa processing and net overseas migration.

Total births increased by 7,000 over the 2018 financial year, mainly due to a jump in New South Wales, although there have been processing lags and blips before.

In time this will set Australia up for its next property cycle as apartment construction slows dramatically over the next few years, but at the moment it's all about mortgage processing delays and mechanical minutiae.

New migrants from overseas are now dominated by young arrivals from China (83,000 in FY2018), India (67,000), and other Asian countries, and less so by permanent migrants from New Zealand, Britain, or other parts of Europe.  

Of the 553,000 migrant arrivals in FY2018? Overwhelmingly they still headed for Greater Sydney (179,000), Melbourne (151,000), Brisbane (56,000), and Perth (48,000) respectively, with other parts of south-east Queensland capturing a fair chunk of the remainder.

The bulk of new migrants lie within the 18 to 34 years cohort, and some 85.4 per cent now opt to reside in the capital cities, and especially so Sydney (32.4 per cent) and Melbourne (27.3 per cent).

Internal shiftology

There have, however, been some internal migration shifts over FY2018. 

Interstate migration to Queensland increased to the highest level in a dozen years as incumbent Aussie residents moved away from the crowded capitals for the more affordable Sunshine State.

I'm hiding in that maroon line myself somewhere, albeit at the nadir of the cycle some years back. 

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Thursday, 20 December


Some investors are getting behind the 8-ball "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Investor arrears rise

S&P Prime SPIN mortgage arrears ticked up to 1.35 per cent in October 2018.

This was a notch higher than September, but also lower than in March, April, May, June, July, or August (just for a grain of perspective). 

Note, however, that October is normally a benign month for mortgage arrears, which then can rise after the lengthy Xmas break. 

Prime SPIN arrears remained low in New South Wales (1.12 per cent) and elevated in Western Australia (2.58 per cent). 

30 plus day arrears are tracking some way higher here than a year earlier, when arrears were just 1.04 per cent. 

At the state level New South Wales is now routinely creeping higher as the housing market softens, accounting for most of the year-on-year increase. 

The New South Wales arrears, in my best estimate, likely relate to vacant high-density apartments (e.g. Chatswood, Epping, Ryde, Hills District) and over-leveraged households on the city fringe. 


Beirne Lane Fashion Fair "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Thursday 29th Nov, 4.00pm Thursday 20th Dec, 9.00pm, Beirne Lane


Park alerts for Around Brisbane: Binna Burra Road now open "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) have advised that Binna Burra Road is now fully open, following significant damage from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Access to Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park along this road is now unrestricted. Affected parks: Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk; Lamington National Park.


State of Play December 2018: Adani Group and the proposed Carmichael Mine in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Financial Review, 20 December 2018:

Ten of the world's top insurance companies, including Australian groups Suncorp and QBE and global insurer AXA, say they won't insure Indian energy group Adani's controversial $2 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, an activist group says.
Market Forces, an anti-fossil fuel activist group backed by Friends of the Earth, also said AXA had indicated it would not renew its current insurance covering the Carmichael rail line when it comes up in March 2020.

Market Forces executive director Julien Vincent said the Paris-based global insurer had said in response to inquiries that: "Regarding the Carmichael mine, we confirm that: 'We do not currently cover the Carmichael mine's assets, neither directly nor through packages, and we do not intend to do so in the future; We currently have a multi-year policy to partly cover the railway asset which will lapse in 2020 and which we shall not renew.'"

AXA also said Adani's Carmichael project "is a banned investment both for our equity and fixed income holdings"..


SEQ the drawcard "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Beautiful one day...

...interstate migrants the next.

Annual interstate migration to Queensland is still rising, now up to +25,000.

That's the highest since the mining boom days of 2006.

Total population growth in the state rose to +85,000, which is the highest since the peak of the resources investment boom in 2013, albeit with slightly different drivers this time around. 

Annual population growth in FY2018 was strong nationally at nearly 400,000, driven largely by net overseas migration and young migrants from China, India, and other parts of Asia.

I'll look at the figures around the traps in more detail next up. 


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REVIEW: Keira Knightley Explores French Novelists Sexuality In Colette "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Sidonie Gabrielle-Colette was years ahead of her time. Although stifled professionally by her husband Willy taking credit for her work, privately she lived a life of sexual freedom and honesty rare for the era. She was bisexual and had an open marriage. Wash Westmorelands Colette manages to maintain a sense of heart and romance as ...

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Northey Street Organic Farmers Market "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Sunday Organic Farmers Market is open every Sunday in December and January, because we value our market regulars who choose an organic lifestyle and shop here every week to support local organic farmers, ethical gifts makers, organic re-sellers, healing health and beauty services and products, local artists and buskers, and delicious food and beverage []

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Heres A Look Back On The State Of Queer TV In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

John Taggart looks at the representation of LGBTIQ characters during the last year. Casting my eye back over 2018s queer representation on TV, its pleasing to see an upward trend. On American television 8.8% of regular characters openly identified as gay, trans, or on the queer spectrum up 2.4% from last year. In real ...

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Queensland AIDS Council Is Looking For A 2Spirits Program Manager "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Queensland AIDS Council is excited to be recruiting for the role of 2Spirits Statewide Program Manager. Based in our Brisbane office, the 2Spirits Statewide Program Manager will support the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Sistergirls and Brotherboys in Queensland through a whole of community approach to social ...

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Wednesday, 19 December


PEOPLE POWER: Grafton Loop of the Knitting Nannas six years old and still going strong "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Grafton Loop of the Knitting Nannas Against Gas was officially launched six years ago on 19 October 2012.

The local nannas first began knitting in peaceful opposition to coal seam gas exploration and mining in the early days of the Glenugie blockade of a Metgasgo CSG test drill site in the Clarence Valley.

As part of the wider NSW Northern Rivers movement they helped keep the north-east "Gasfield Free!"

The Grafton Loop continues to be active on environmental issues and regularly hold knit-ins outside local state and federal MPs electoral offices.

This is the Grafton Loop on 13 December 2018 outside Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan's office, accompanied by "Nanna Kerry", a mascot veteran of mining protests in south-east Queensland.



Speech notes from Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next launch, 19 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


Me (Gene Tunny) & Julie from Connor Court at the launch of my new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next, at Connor Court Book Room, West End, Brisbane

Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next

Todays Australian newspaper included the report Queenslands mounting debt sparks credit warning. Moodys rightly is concerned about our total state government debt increasing to over $83 billion by 2022. I told Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane show last Thursday that the critical metric the ratings agencies focus on, the borrowing-to-revenue ratio, was heading in the wrong direction for Queensland, with it projected to increase from 108% in 2018-19 to 119% in 202122.

But our Deputy Premier-Treasurer Jackie Tradwhose electorate office incidentally is a 100 metre walk around the corner from heretalked about responsible fiscal management when she released the mid-year budget update last week. Id say the ratings agencies dont see letting the debt drift ever upward, on its way to over $83 billion, or around $15,500 per Queenslander, as responsible budget management.

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A Couple of Bizjets Come and Go at CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

On Wednesday 19 December, a couple of familiar corporate bizjets were noted coming and going at various Central Queensland Airports.

Most notable, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY had a busy day and called into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville.  After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-SGY departed to Brisbane.

VH-SGY at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

Of interest, VH-SGY had flown to Cairns from the capital late the previous day.

Meanwhile, after arriving the previous day, also on Wednesday 19 December, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was noted departing Biloela / Thangool Airport heading back to its Sunshine Coast base.

Also calling into Bilo, also on Wednesday 19 December, Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter VH-EQP was noted returning to its Southport base from Emerald Airport.  It also called into Wanella Station (near Coppabella).  VH-EQP had arrived into Emerald Airport via Biloela / Thangool Airport and Wanella Station on Monday 17 December.

Finally,  the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-PSU was also noted visiting both Rockhampton and Mackay Airports during a busy day of flying out of and back to Cairns also on Wednesday 19 December.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


QGAir Rescue Bell 412EP Helicopter VH-ESB at Emerald and Roma Airports - Plus Other Helicopter Movements Around CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

On Monday 17 December, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412EP helicopter VH-ESB was noted flying South from its Townsville base to Emerald and Roma Airports.  It is unclear for the reason for the flight.

Sistership and fellow Bell 412 VH-ESD continues operate as "Rescue 521" on med-evac duties out of Townsville Airport.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 18 December, VH-ESB continued South from Roma Airport to Moree then Mudgee on New South Wales.

Meanwhile, another helicopter to visit Emerald and other CQ Airports also on Monday 17 December was Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter VH-EQP.  It was originally noted calling into Biloela / Thangool Airport from its Southport before it continued to Wanella Station (near Coppabella).  VH-EQP then continued to Emerald Airport where it looked to be spending the night.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 19 December, VH-EQP departed Emerald Airport and returned to Wanella Station before heading back to Biloela / Thangool Airport and its Southport base.

Other helicopter movements heard on Monday 17 December included Calibre Aviation (Webb Helicopters) Williams UH-1H "Huey" VH-UEE "Helitack 422" and Aerial Agriculture (Heli Fleet) of Armidale Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III VH-ONR which were both noted departing Rockhampton Airport.  While Stirling Helicopters Eurocopter AS.350 Squirrel helicopters VH-WHW and VH-AGL, along with Touchdown Helicopters (Wollongong) OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois VH-OXI as "Helitack 229", all arrived into Rockhampton Airport.

McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Helicopters Bell Textron Helicopter 214B-1 Big Lifter helicopter VH-SEK reportedly also remains at Gladstone Airport.

Finally, an interesting aircraft that was noted ferrying North via Emerald Airport last Tuesday 11 December was Pacific Aerospace PAC750XL VH-ZVM which arrived from Port Macquarie and then departed to Innisfail.

The air...


RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter VH-HRP "Choppa 22" at Mackay and Gladstone Airports "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

On Wednesday 19 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (SAR) Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-HRP was noted passing through Mackay and Gladstone Airports heading South from Townsville to RAAF Base Amberley.

VH-HRP "Choppa 22" on finals at Townsville Airport last month  (File photo)

VH-HRP is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia, and is one of a number of choppers used for RAAF Search and Rescue missions. On this ferry flight, it was noted using radio callsign of "Choppa 22".


Youre Invited To The Tropical Fruits 30th Anniversary Parade Through Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

This year, Lismore LGBTIQ group Tropical Fruits are celebrating 30 years of building, supporting and entertaining the community in the Northern Rivers. The groups upcoming Shine New Years Eve Festival is the culmination of their 30th birthday celebrations this year, and the Fruits are inviting the community to join them at the festivals opening Parade ...

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Feb 2019 Permaculture Design Course "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Come join us for our 25-year Silver Jubilee Permaculture Design Course on Saturdays from 9 February to 25 May 2019. Visions of an Ancient Wisdom This unique course, delivered over 16 weeks in Brisbane, gives you the knowledge and skills to observe and design from the natural patterns to create productive gardens & properties, grow []

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Atelier for Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A plan had been made to visit Brisbane mainstay Montrachet, in its new digs in Bowen Hills. Unfortunately, we had not banked on it being so busy in the lead up to Christmas, and couldnt get a booking. This is how we found ourselves at Atelier for a Friday lunch.

Atelier is a newish opening in King Street. A classic brasserie and wine bar with European leanings, there is something to appeal to all. The menu features classics such as Vegetable Mille-Feuille and Steak Tartare as well as an ever changing pasta, fish and creme brulee of the day. My choice though, was always going to be Steak Frites. This standard item on French menus is a benchmark (for me at least) for brasseries and bistros serving European classics.

Nowhere to Hide

Steak Frites is of course, steak and chips. A simple dish that demands perfection. It requires quality ingredients, cooked perfectly. There is nowhere for the chef to hide behind. My steak was generous in size,  particularly for lunch, well seasoned and cooked as requested (medium rare). The Bearnaise sauce was served in a small pot on the plate. It was warm but not warm enough and had thickened considerably in the pot. The fries were warm, not hot and probably from the freezer. The shared basket of fries on the table were also lukewarm. Had the fries been been pre-cooked and spent time in the kitchen, waiting for orders to come in? Sure, they are only chips but when they are a key component of the dish, you want them to be hot, crisp and leave you wanting more. I left most of the chips and sauce on the plate. These aspects of the dish were a disappointment. 

My colleagues fared better, in particular, the Saffron Cream Gnocchi of the Day and the Duck Maryland. The duck was moist, falling from the bone. It married well with the classic match of sweet potato puree. The gnocchi not only looked spectacular on the plate (dish of the day) but were little flavour bombs in each mouthful. A garnish of bitter radiccio and crunchy Parmesan crisps were a good foil from the creamy sauce.



Semantics "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


On Saturday 19 January, local legends Semantics and Sleepwell will be joined by Gold Coast punks, Hot Reno and Sunny Coast grunge rockers, Glasshouse for one of the loudest nights to kick off your new year.

For fans of Punk, Hardcore, Grunge and Emo, catch some of your new favourite locals for only $5 at the Valleys most iconic venue, The Zoo! The beer is cold and the speakers are loud.


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Courtney Act Competing To Represent Australia At Next Years Eurovision Song Contest "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian drag star Courtney Act has been announced as one of performers competing to represent us in next years Eurovision Song Contest. Courtney will be one of ten performers to take part in our inaugural Eurovision selection show, which will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 8 and 9, ...

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MIX FM Toy appeal "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

92.7 MIX FM ran a Toy Appeal for us in the lead up to our Tenant Christmas party. We were incredibly grateful for the publicity and the response was amazing with hundreds of gifts and toys being donated by a very generous Sunshine Coast community

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Tuesday, 18 December


How NSW Inquiry Into LGBTIQ Hate Crime Could Improve Police Responses "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Andy Kaladelfos, UNSW; Bianca Fileborn, UNSW; Lisa Featherstone, UQ; Shirleene Robinson, Macquarie University, and Yorick Smaal, Griffith University Lessons learnt from a NSW parliamentary inquiry into hate crimes against Australias LGBTIQ community could change the way police and communities respond to complaints, and acknowledge the continued impact of past injustices. The inquiry is the ...

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AskDocQ: Talk To Your GP About Domestic And Family Violence "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Healthy relationships work best when they are built on love and mutual respect, but sometimes people can find themselves stuck in a relationship that is more about abuse and control this is domestic violence. It can happen to anyone including LGBTIQ people, and it doesnt have to be your partner, it could be a ...

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Remembering the Victims of WWII Plane Crash at Canal Creek near Rockhampton "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

On the morning of 19 December 1943, a USSAF Douglas C-47 (DC-3) Dakota transport aircraft VH-CHR (S/N 43-30742) of the 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron of the 374th Troop Carrier Group, crashed en-route from Garbutt Airfield in Townsville to Archerfield Airfield in Brisbane. It was scheduled to make a short stopover at Rockhampton (approx way).

All 31 souls onboard perished in this incident. The passenger complement was a mix of US and Australian personnel. A new memorial was unveiled this year to recognise and remember the victims of what is still today, Australias 2nd worst aviation disaster.

The disaster occurred six days before Christmas, where the troops on board were coming home.  It was just a routine flight, and their parents, their families, their wives, their girlfriends were waiting for them.

From substantial research undertaken by a Yeppoon historian, it would appear that this aircraft a reasonably new one suffered an engine fire while overflying an area of fairly rough terrain, some 60 kilometres North of Rockhampton. Rockhampton is approx 750 kilometres South of Townsville.

The location of the crash, on the remote and isolated Canal Creek Cattle Station, approximately 50 kilometres North of Rockhampton would suggest the pilot had selected a clay pan in preparation for an emergency/forced landing. However witness reports indicate that while on descent, an explosion occurred, and the burning wing parted from the aircraft. The plane did reach the lightly treed flat plain but was already doomed due to its uncontrollable, unflyable condition.


Gone But Still Here Spiritual Poetry "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Inspirational Spiritual Poetry Gone But Still Here. Dealing love loss and the pain associated with losing someone to suicide. psychic medium Ian Scott

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The Passing "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

I held the hand of The Passing. For four long weeks my light shone brightly as I willingly gave it in an effort to soothe the pain, anguish and confusion of The Passing. Blessed are those who pass quickly for Continue reading


The Meating Room - Teneriffe "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

With the arrival of December, comes the frantic end of year festivities. It doesn't help that there's also an onslaught of birthdays, mine included, adding to the chaos that comes with scheduling when everyone is busy. For this reason, my birthday festivities commenced two weeks early, with a large group gathering at the Meating Room, a premium steakhouse along the main strip of Teneriffe, having long wanted to go since seeing photos of food online.

Our table was set at our time of reservation. I loved the rustic vibes of this space.



YuXiang Mini Hotpot - Sunnybank "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Continuing my quest to gradually try out all the new hot pot places (any excuse to have one of my favourite cuisines!) Adam and I found ourselves at Sunnybank last Saturday trying to figure out where to go for a nice dinner. Making our way through the sprawling construction that is Market Square, we found ourselves standing outside of High Fresh. Since its refurbishment a while ago, Little Taipei, a regular haunt of mine has long been closed for renovations and expecting a revamped food court of sorts, I was intrigued that YuXiang Mini Hotpot had instead taken up the whole space instead.

Some of my Sydney readers will no doubt be aware of their popularity, with a few of my gaming buddies telling me how good (but expensive) it is. It appears that the Brisbane population agreed too, with a half hour wait for our table of two and over an hour wait for a table for four. Reception was at the entrance, at a slightly awkward spot near the front of the supermarket in the car park. Service was however, courteous and professional.




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Monday, 17 December


Park alerts for Around Brisbane: Fort Lytton Christmas closure "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Fort Lytton National Park will be closed from 22 Dec 2018 and reopens 2 Jan 2019. Sunday tours will resume on 20 Jan 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience. Affected parks: Fort Lytton National Park.


Gruens Evaluator General agency should be separate from federal Treasury "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Last month, federal Opposition assistant treasury spokesman and former ANU economics professor Andrew Leigh backed, in part, Nicholas Gruens excellent idea for a federal Evaluator General to oversee the evaluation of Commonwealth programs (see Building a better feedback loop). With such high-profile policy failures in the past as the pink batts and green loans schemes, an agency that can promote best-practice evaluation of policies is much needed. I expect the Evaulator General would promote the adoption of a Monitor-Evaluate-Report-Improve framework of continuous improvement for policy programs (see figure below). It would also promote the running of randomised control trials of government policies, a passion of Andrew Leighs.


  • The Evaluator General should evaluate a range of tax and super policies overseen by the Treasury...


Re-Registered Kefford Corporation Gulfstream IV-SP Bizjet N7DK (ex N810LP) Pops into Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

An interesting visitor to Hamilton Island Airport as the sun was setting on Monday 17 December with Kefford Corporation (of Victoria) Gulfstream IV-SP N7DK noted touching down from Melbourne (Essendon) via the Gold Coast.

The sleek Gulfstream, which is a familiar visitor to Central Queensland, has recently been re-registered from N810LP and was photographed above in late November outside the hangar at its Essendon Airport base.

After a short time on the ground, N7DK departed Hamo for Sydney.

Meanwhile, on both Monday 17 December and Sunday 16 December,  LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has been noted visiting Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.

On Sunday, it arrived from Townsville and departed to Brisbane, while on Monday it did the opposite, arriving from Brisbane and departing to Townsville.

Sincere thanks to Melbourne-based plane spotter Troy H for allowing us to share his photo!

Photo taken by Troy Hartmann 


Endangered Red Goshawks netted and tagged during nesting season "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Red Goshawk on Cape York (Image by John Young)

The Queensland Labor Government has handed responsibility for a controversial program that nets and tags the endangered Red Goshawk on Queensland's Cape York Peninsula to international mining giant Rio Tinto. The goshawks are caught and tagged during their nesting season.

A Red Goshawk caught near its nest near Weipa in a bow net and fitted with a GPS satellite transmitter in a harness disappeared three months later. The then Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection told north Queensland blogger Tony Nielson in February 2017 that a month after the adult female disappeared, its female fledgling was also netted and fitted with a tracking device; the movements of that bird were being tracked 12 months later.

Queensland Environment Department & Rio Tinto personnel with captured juvenile Red Goshawk
Netting and tagging can provide valuable information about the movements of migratory waders and other birds, but such programs should be conducted in moderation and with great care. An important shorebird roost at Toorbul in South-East Queensland, for instance, was deserted for a considerable time after ca...


Eating Out: Suburban West End "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A while ago, I was lucky enough to win a $100 voucher in an Instagram competition to be used at Suburban West End. I'd been a couple of times before, and with the release of their new menu I was super excited to try some of the vegan options.

I took my friend there for lunch, as a thank you for driving me and holding my hand to get my tetanus vaccination earlier that day. I'm not very brave when it comes to getting needles. We both had soy turmeric lattes (Ashleigh wanted a chai, but apparently the mix contains honey so isn't vegan), which were good and warming and fortifying.

Turmeric Latte at Suburban Cafe

Ashleigh got the cheeseburger made vegan, with a Fenn Veef patty and vegan cheese. It also salad, pickles, mustard, and tomato sauce. I tried the Vegan Eggless Omelette, minus the coconut yoghurt, plus avocado. This was good, not too eggy (a plus for me!), though I wish the cheese inside had been melted. It also had cauliflower, mushrooms, smoked cherry tomatoes, nutritional yeast, and red onions (that I picked out because they were raw and my tummy doesn't like that).

Vegan Cheese Burger at Suburban Cafe

Vegan Omelet at Suburban Cafe

The next time I stopped in for lunch, and I was feeling like a burger. I decided to branch out away from the cheeseburger to try the chicken burger. This had a Fenn Chicken Patty (which I really liked, my first time trying), rocket, caramelised onions, and guacamole. It also is meant to come with chili relish, but I had them leave that off. This was a really tasty burger. With chips, of course! I also had the Blueberry Acai smoothie, which has acai and blueberries (obviously) with banana, vanilla and almond milk. This was perfectly sweet (as in, not too sweet) and creamy and was like having a lovely milkshake.



New Townsville guest post by Colin Dwyer "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

I am delighted to publish this guest post by Colin Dwyer of DS Economics on the Townsville economys improving prospects. The views expressed are Colins and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

New Townsville

In this essay Founder of Our Fair Share Colin Dwyer identifies over 20 private and public sector Townsville projects, (some potential, many confirmed) worth over $9 billion that are helping Townsville forge a new reputation and a stronger more diversified economic future.

Townsville is Northern Australias largest city, has 300 days of sunshine each year, and has a reputation as a diversified economy.  The North Queensland city once enjoyed 8% GRP growth and 3.5% population increases. The economy is bolstered by the largest regional hospital in Queensland, the largest Army Barracks in Australia and is a major higher education, base metals exporter and transport hub. But in 2016-17, Townsville experienced a deep depression with significant declines in asset values, significant jobs and skills losses and suffered another year of negative net migration. A contributing factor to the length of Townsvilles downturn was minimal public and private investment.

Something has changed in Townsville. Asset prices have stabilised, jobs are being created, there are cranes on the horizon once again and, while the city is not firing on all economic cylinders, in 2019 a NEW Townsville is likely to build on this opportunity and create a new economic reputation.  Over 20 major projects are current, starting or planned for Townsville in 2019.  Their total cost is similar to Townsvilles current GRP, something that should be envied by other cities.

Although some sectors in Townsville are struggling, 2018 seems to be the start of economic recovery. Theres more potential in Townsville with multiple major projects costing over $9 billion, more jobs and improving economic activity in 2019 and beyond.  This is significant for a city with just over $10 billion in GRP.  Some of the projects are large with meaningful enduring operational job outcomes.  Sun Metals recently confirmed its expansion plans with a 350 jobs construction workforce requirement, and more than 150 above average income earning operational staff needed on completion.  In 2019 the federal government will drive the three year $512 million Haughton flood plains Bruce highway upgrade just south of Townsville and Adani will start on its $2 billion Carmichael Coal mine.  The $2 billion Singapore defence project recently announced it had acquired enough land to proceed to the next phase of the project.  In 2020 Townsville will open its new stadium, in time for the NRL season.  These diverse projects will create significant enduring jobs.

Several other organisations have similar reports including QMBA and Townsvil...


Beach Stone-curlew at Mermaid Beach , Gold Coast. At the end of Seashell Ave reported by Matt Davies on 17-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

One bird seen. The first sighting by me on this beach in the five years I have lived nearby.


GREAT GABLE "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Great Gable

Following a huge 2018 which saw them sell out two national tours, play a bunch of festival slots and release two new singles, Great Gable are kicking things off in 2019 with their biggest run of shows to date.

Theyll be hitting the road in February to promote their latest single Cool Mind Blue, due for release early 2019.

One of WAs premier upcoming bands; their music is simple yet layered so cleverly that it punches you in the throat whilst still holding your hand.  Xpress Magazin

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Sunday, 16 December


Little Curlew at Lady Elliot Island reported by Marie Tarrant et al on 13-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

2 birds observed together on the airstrip on day of arrival and then unable to relocate again despite searching before today (15/12) when a single Little Curlew was observed on the runway.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost reported by Elliot Leach on 15-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Buff-breasted sandpiper found by Tina Ellen Rider and Sean Nolan on Saturday and twitched by many people over the weekend. The bird is still present this morning (17th) according to a post from Tina on Facebook. The bird tends to prefer the samphire around the second hide (further from the gate). For those going to see it, please take the track along the fence to the second hide rather than the inside track to avoid flushing the birds.


Christmas BrewFest 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

What a way to welcome Summer! Christmas BrewFest 2018 was epic. We worked with coffee roasters and Bacchus Brewing to showcase these beers: Rye Pale Ale with a sweet winey Panama single from Bear Bones Specialty Coffee American Pale Ale


Park alerts for Around Brisbane: Gold Coast - Springbrook Road now open "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) have advised that Gold Coast-Springbrook Road from Mudgeeraba has now re-opened, following significant damage from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Springbrook National Park is now accessible via this road. Affected parks: Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk; Springbrook National Park.


Ep 261 Tom Lyngcoln; Eyes Ninety "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Ep 261 InDesign

Photos: Justin Edwards

Tom Lyngcoln

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Our first set is by Tom Lyngcoln and as a punter at this festival was one of my most anticipated acts of the line up. Tom Lyngcoln is a stalwart of the Australian music scene as a member of the beloved Nation Blue, Pale Heads and the phenomenal Harmony.  

A veteran of being in bands, a solo artist is something that Tom never intended to be but came out of necessity. He tells the story that he was performing solo shows to keep sharp and was performing songs from his bands. They didnt really suit a solo performance so he wrote songs to suit a solo act which would then become his debut album Doming Home. An album that is so raw and natural you can hear him walk around the room, its a record that feels alive and his live performance is truly special.



Climate change drying soil, threatening water supplies "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The widespread drying of soils, due to higher evaporation rates due to global warming, is shrinking water supplies to the point that drought-like conditions may become the norm in many parts of Australia. At a news conference held in Sydney, Prof Ashish Sharma of the University of New South Wales who led the most []

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Trust in God and man "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

It's not really work
It's just the power to charm
I'm still standing in the wind
But I never wave bye bye
But I try, I try ...

- David Bowie Modern love
Having blown his precious first Hundred Days to define himself and his government, Scott Morrison has finally found an issue to make his own.

Conservatism needs religion, and vice versa. Conservatism is the default form of government in overtly pious countries. In postwar Australia, the Coalition consistently won government when people felt obliged to put bums on pews; this was particularly true in Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland, the states with highest church attendance; it was less true in the other states where church attendance was traditionally lower.

The last time a conservative government in Australia put its relationship with religion to the test was in 1961. Before then, marriage legislation basically ratified weddings consecrated in what were then the three major Christian denominations: the Anglican, Catholic, and Presbyterian churches. The changing demographics of postwar Australia saw increased numbers of marriages in Orthodox churches and synagogues; the Marriage Act 1961 removed the primacy of churches and even allowed for civil ceremonies facilitated by public servants or registered celebrants. It allowed for adults to be married despite church rules limiting marriage, such as where one party was not of the same denomination as the celebrant.

Churches were livid at what they saw as the intrusion of the secular state into their core business. Prime Minister Menzies, a church-going Presbyterian, felt the full force of ecclesiastical displeasure. His government had a one-seat majority in the House thanks to a misjudged economic policy that resulted in a credit squeeze; nervous backbenchers fretted at the government being denounced from the pulpits to a significant proportion of voters.

The following year, Catholic schools in the Goulburn diocese near Canberra locked students out and sent children to the local overstretched state schools. Church schools had been able to employ ordained clergy or devout loyalists as teachers, but the growing professionalism of teaching combined with the increased importance of science meant church schools could not compete with public schools for quality of education. Menzies found a way to mollify the churches without backing down: he lavished money on church-run schools so they could expand at the same rate as government schools did at the time, in response to the postwar baby boom.

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Saturday, 15 December


Recommended reading: This is Marketing by Seth Godin "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Last month, at the ESA-Griffith-QUT-UQ Economics Summer School held at OReillys Rainforest Retreat, Griffith University Senior Lecturer Andreas Chai gave a fascinating presentation on his research on consumption patterns. Here are the important points from Andreass report for UNIDO on Household Consumption Patterns:

While low- and middle-class households tend to spend in a relatively similar manner, spending patterns among affluent households differ considerably, likely due to the greater discretionary power these households enjoy in terms of spending

Differences in spending patterns between households tend to grow as household income rises, creating new opportunities for niche markets and higher quality goods.

So some rich households will divert large parts of their income to luxury travel, others to haute couture; while the obscenely rich will buy properties in central London or Manhattan, Lamborghinis, and super yachts. How are we to make sense of what is driving consumption patterns as households get richer? One answer could be found in one of the best books Ive read recently: This is Marketing by Seth Godin, arguably the worlds number one marketing expert. Indeed, Seth Godin could help us understand consumption behaviour across most households, with the exception of those at subsistence levels. His mantra is simple but compelling: People like us do things like this. For example, people like us eat sushi and do Bikram yoga; or people like us send our children to private schools and holiday at Noosa.



Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS Ferries North via CQ Airports - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Interesting to note that on Friday 14 December, Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS was noted ferrying North from Archerfield to Cairns via Gladstone and Mackay Airports.  It appears to have completed planned maintenance after arriving into Archerfield in October.

As we posted below, fellow Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-8 Islander VH-MBF was noted flying South to Archerfield from Mareeba via Mackay and Gladstone Airports on Wednesday 12 December where it appears to have entered the maintenance hangar.

Meanwhile, a couple of bizjet movements at Mackay Airport also on Friday 14 December included the locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 N142GZ departing to Brisbane, while the the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-PSU popped in while on a busy day of flying out of and back to Cairns.  VH-PSU also called into Rockhampton Airport too!


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-207 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

On Thursday 13 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-207 was noted completing a missed approach and low overshoot at Rockhampton Airport.

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It appears that the Globemaster flew North from RAAF Base Amberley, and after completing the airwork at Rocky, flew South to New South Wales where it was heard to complete low-level operations around Armidale.

A41-207 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Stallion 47".

Meanwhile, late on Wednesday 12 December, Australian Army MRH-90 A40-002 was noted completing airwork around Fraser Island and Hervey Bay on a flight out and back of the Oakey Army Aviation Centre as "Saxon 99".


QAGOMA Christmas Design Market "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Saturday 15th Dec, 9.00am 4.00pm, Gallery of Modern Art


Mimo Tea - Brisbane CBD "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Have noted the recent abundance of new independent bubble tea stores. The newest one along Adelaide Street is Mimo Tea, situated opposite Officeworks. Wanting to check it out whilst it was still in doing the buy one get one free promotion, Adam and I went after work a couple weeks ago.

The menu was more in line with contemporary bubble tea places like Heeretea, Initial Tea and Majestea rather than the originals at Chatime or Gongcha. With a focus on cheese foam, fruit tea an...


Guided Meditation Music Hawk Visions "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Guided Meditation Music Hawk Visions MP3 free download, spiritual meditation experiencing visions of the land with the hawk. with psychic medium Ian Scott.
Guided Meditation Music Hawk Visions MP3
Take a journey with the animal spirit hawk as he guides you through worlds you have not yet seen. Eventually taking you to his home, where a deep feeling of bliss and safety overcome you. Ambient sounds and special effects make this meditation music track a delight for ears, a soothing experience for the body and a relaxing journey for the mind. Opening the third eye encouraging intuition, psychic energy and the gift of creativity.  psychic medium Ian Scott.
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Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


Saturday 15 December 2018

Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false, disrespectful and underhanded, say Traditional Owners

Adanis announcement that Woongal Environmental Services has been given a contract to monitor environmental outcomes on Wangan and Jagalingou country has drawn condemnation from the W&J Council as false, and typical of the disrespectful and underhanded way in which Adani treats Traditional Owners.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, The claim that Woongul is a Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is false. No decision of the native title party has ever been made to certify this company. This announcement is in breach of the terms of Adanis own purported ILUA.

A Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is a reference to a business accredited in accordance with the process set out in the Adani ILUA. Mr Burragubba says this process has never been followed.

We will seek legal advice on blocking this contract. We are tired of other people misrepresenting us and benefiting at our expense. Adanis announcement is an insult. Other people have been given authority over our country and our environment, while many W&J Traditonal Owners and families have been deliberately excluded from any input into cultural heritage protection and environmental management.

We know Adani must give the appearance of starting work, and they like to hide behind supposed Aboriginal employmen...


World cup memories "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

I think my friend was a bit taken aback really, when she asked me what I did to just to zone out and relax. I thought for a second, then remembered my guilty pleasure: I watch old sports videos on youtube.

It is a bit odd, I know. And maybe even more unusual because I only vaguely follow the contemporary sports world, yet some nights I can for several hours watch videos of games, many of which I watched the first time around back in the 90s. But thinking about it more, I realised there are ways my worldview was affected by my boyhood love of (some would say obsession with) sports. With that in mind, I thought I would share a few of my favourite sporting memories, united by the fact they were from world cups in the late 90s (my peak sports-loving period).

The first goes back to when I was very young. I was nine years old when Sri Lanka came to Australia in 1995/96 for their first full tour of the country. Sri Lanka was young too as a nation it had been independent from its British colonial masters for less than half a century (it had been known as Sri Lanka for half that time again) but was still trying to work out its national identity and was in the middle of a bitter civil war. As a cricketing country it had played its first test in 1982 and in the time since then had won only a handful of games. Apparently the team were so poorly paid several of them couldnt afford rent in Colombo and lived at the family home of captain Arjuna Ranatunga.

They werent expected to beat the cricketing superstars of Australia and to be honest in the test series they didnt losing all three games resoundingly. The series really heated up though when the Sri Lankans were accused of ball-tampering; and when a couple of Australian umpires no-balled Sri Lankas promising young off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing. Muralis controversial action had been cleared by world crickets governing body, and the Sri Lankans saw this as an act of Australian arrogance to overrule it.

They seemed to take this as a rallying point when it came to the triangular one-day series with Australia and fellow cricketing giants (albeit in decline) West Indies. There the Sri Lankans played cricket with a  new self-belief; but also a startling tactical innovation that surprised their opponents.

Opening batsmen in cricket were traditionally of a slow and steady inclination, making sure to wear the shine off the new ball before starting any attack. Sri Lanka though saw an opportunity through rules that restricted fielding positions in the opening overs. They replaced their normal opening batsmen with middle-order batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and wicket-keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana.

Kaluwitharana was improbably tiny when he hunched over for his batting stance you could almost see the top of the wickets behind him. His bat seemed to be a...

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Friday, 14 December


Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

If you want to know what caused those conditions, Ill give you an answer its called climate change, the Queensland premier told reporters. It is only the LNP who could watch Queensland burn and then blame the trees.  [Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczukquoted in The Guardian, 7 December 2018]

Last year, more Australians bought their seventh home than those who bought their first  [Journalist Timothy Swanston quoting an incorrect statment by Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni, ABC News, 8 December 2018]

 Most people just consider Assange a spoilt-brat egomaniac with murky motives, a limelight habit and some profoundly questionable political affiliations.  [Journalist...


Coal, climate change, solar & batteries why Qld Treasury wanted to offload the states energy assets "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The recent Financial Times report Development bank halts coal financing to combat climate change, reprinted in this mornings AFR, should prompt some serious long-term thinking from the Queensland government and local governments with regional economies heavily dependent on coal mining, particularly Mackays (also see this Reuters report which isnt pay-walled). While two-thirds of coal production in Queensland is of coking coal (see chart below), there is no doubt there would be a large adverse shock to regional economies if there was a big shift worldwide away from thermal coal for energy generation.*

Coal production x owner x region

The FT report reminded me of the potentially major implications the worldwide shift against coal and related developments in solar PV and batter...


Brown-headed Honeyeater at Glendale, Central Queensland reported by Andrew McDougall on 10-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

At least one bird seen and heard 9th and 10th December. Sighting coincided with mass flowering of Moreton Bay ash in area. This is a northern distribution record. First bird/s recorded at this site.


Finished for a (private) client in Sydney and to be posted tonight "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Articulated long drop earrings Bh with handmade star wire chain and rub over settings, chisel set with her gems 18ct yellow gold


RSS Feed : All Categories: Camira (east of Ipswich) vegetation fire as at 1.20pm Fri 14 Dec "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

**Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are no longer required on scene at this incident.**

RSS Feed : All Categories: Camira (east of Ipswich) vegetation fire as at 1.20pm Fri 14 Dec "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

**Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are no longer required on scene at this incident.**


Wim de Vos was cremated yesterday and his ashes await a big wake & celebration some time in May 2019 when everyone will come together "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

My Instagram text from 6 days ago:

Vale Wim de Vos 1947-2018. He left the stage today, oh Boy, the Red Orb was the first stage I saw him on. As a musician, an artist, a printmaker, an educator and a facilitator he assisted so many people to find their voice and to become stars in their own right. I know I will always hear him talking to me in his melodic manner, as so many others will also. Im told his was a lovely release.

Dells pic below:



Sunshine Coast Pelagic December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Brown Booby

We departed Mooloolaba Marina at 6.30am on Wednesday December 12, 2018 under clear skies, negotiating a gentle swell as we headed east. The trip had been postponed due to rough weather from Sunday December 9. We saw a few Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and a Flesh-footed Shearwater on the way out. A small flock of Common Terns flew by as well as a Sooty Tern in relatively shallow water before we reached the shelf at 9am. We began laying a berley trail in 340 metres, 32 nautical miles offshore: 26.38.127S; 153.43.577E.

Common Tern
We drifted slowly in a south-westerly direction, trialling our latest berley mix of diced chicken skins, some fish offcuts that had been smashed up pretty thoroughly, and an abundance of tuna oil. We had a good slick with floating berley all day, but birds were few and far between. The forecast easterly of 10-15 knots did not materialise; instead we had barely a breeze the whole time we were out wide, the wind picking up a little on the way back in....


2005 sculptured gold ring with Annettes family diamonds back to the studio "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


A very early carved ring by Barbara, Im surprised how many pieces (commissions) escaped without photo documentation. This is from 2005 and is listed in the commissions-the lot list. So reminds me of early Han Chinese carving, clouds & spirits working their magic. Settings checked and the usual clean . . .

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Thursday, 13 December


Death of nine-month-old girl leads to woman being extradited and charged "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A woman has been charged after the body of a nine-month-old girl was located on a Queensland beach last month.

About 12.30am (Queensland time) on Monday 19 November 2018, emergency services were called to Staghorn Avenue and the Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, after a nine-month-old girl was found unresponsive.

Paramedics declared the child deceased at the scene.

Queensland Police Service launched an investigation and were assisted by NSW Police Force detectives.

Investigators spoke with the childs parents a 47-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman with the man being arrested that day.

Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Tweed/Byron Police District, with the assistance of specialist detectives from Queensland, established Strike Force Palua to investigate the girls death.

It will be alleged in court that the child died in NSW.

On Thursday 22 November 2018, the 47-year-old man was charged with murder. He remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a 23-year-old woman was arrested by detectives from Queensland Police Services Child Protection and Investigation Unit on the Gold Coast, Queensland, about 2pm yesterday (Thursday 13 December 2018).

The woman appeared at Southport Magistrates Court, where Strike force Palua investigators applied for and were granted her extradition to NSW.

She was escorted by police to Tweed Heads Police Station, where she was charged with fail to provide for child cause danger of death (DV).

The woman was refused bail and is due to appear at Byron Bay Local Court today (Friday 14 December 2018).

Investigations under Strike Force Palua are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Palua detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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Park alerts for Around Brisbane: Gwongorella picnic area now open "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Gwongorella picnic area and car park is now open. However, the Gwongorella redevelopment project is not yet fully complete, as we await the arrival of the new signage package - so watch this space! In the meantime, temporary signage is in place. Affected parks: Springbrook National Park.


ABC radio interviews on Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next & Qld Govt MYFER "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Earlier today I spoke with Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program about the Queensland Governments Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review and my recently published book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next.

While the state government today reported a $677 million surge in royalty revenue this financial year owing to higher than expected coal prices, it still projected more-or-less the same trajectory of increasing state debt, which is on its way to over $83 billion in total by mid-2022. And the MYFER highlighted a substantial fiscal risk to future state budgets, the impending High Court decision in the Timber Creek case regarding native title compensation (see p. 16 of the MYFER).

You can listen to my views on MYFER as well as my responses to Steves questions regarding my new book from 2:02:10, but please note this audio will be taken down from the ABC site after its been up for a week:

Steve Austins 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program, Thursday 13 December 2018

Topics discussed included Sir Leo Hielschers fine fiscal legacy, how Queenslands fiscal situation deteriorated after Terry Mackenroth left the Treasury portfolio in the mid-2000s, how Queensland lost its once much vaunted position as the low tax state, and why we shouldnt be complacent about the debt. We discussed the fiscal trouble Queensland found itself in during the last financial crisis and how it would be a good insurance policy to pay down debt in case we face another one, with Steve noting predictions of a global recession and possible financial crisis in 2020.

This was the second ABC radio interview on the book I had this week. On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to speak with Pat Hession at ABC North Queensland, who broadcasts from the ABCs well-positioned site on Wickham St, Townsville, just a short walk from both Flinders St and the Strand:

Is Qlds government debt ever going to reduce in size



The perfect match - ceramics and honey at Win's Creek Pottery and Meadery "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

More beautiful locally-made gift ideas for you: the lovely ceramics and honey (and ceramics holding honey!) from Win's Creek Pottery and Meadery near Canberra. Snap up ceramics and honey from this talented bunch!

Win's Creek Pottery bee impression ceramic mug

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The can't go wrong gift - a Crayon Chick rope necklace. Or bowl. Or wall hanging. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Another great Australian-designed and handmade gift idea! Crayon Chick's Michelle Harvey creates beautiful rope necklaces, bowls, wall hangings, earrings and more in her Melbourne workshop. 

Crayon Chick Celtic knot rope necklace
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Recipe Round-Up: The New Vegan (breakfast edition) "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The New Vegan is the second cookbook by Aine Carlin. While it does have a second in the front targeted to give information to new vegans, it is not your typical basic vegan cookbook. It is full of beautiful recipes of all sorts, as well as some great skin care recipes. This post is full of some of the breakfasts found in there, which includes smoothies, juices, and oats. There are a lot of other sorts of breakfasts in there as well, these are just the ones I have made so far. You can also see some of the other things I've blogged from this book here.

Beetroot and Banana Smoothie: This is so pretty and pink, though tastes more like a sweet milkshake than a smoothie. Banana, cooked beetroot (the vacuum packed kind you get at the supermarket), dates, Maca, and oatmilk. Cashew milk is the recommended, but I always have oat on hand. It is not the most filling starts to the day, I think of this more like a fun snack.
Rating: :)

Beetroot and Banana Smoothie

Bugs Bunny Juice: The book has a couple of blender juice recipes. This is a take on one of my favourites - carrot, apple, and ginger. I only used one and a half cups of water, rather than two, and even though there was a lot of pulp and it was quite thick to drain it still was a bit dilute tasting. But I guess that is the side effect of blending with water!
Rating: :)

Bugs Bunny Juice

Virgin Bloody Mary Juice: I skipped the chili in this, but would have liked to up the tomato. Once again, a but watery tasting. It needed a much strong tomato component. Alternatively, maybe use tomato juice instead of water (leaving out the cherry tomato), and blend the rest into that? This only used 200mL of water, and didn't have much pulp.
Rating: :|

Virgin Bloody Mary Juice

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These cups made from coffee husks make the best Secret Santa gifts "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

This is my pick for the best Secret Santa gift out there. Aussie designers HuskeeCup create these cups made from coffee husks and have a design award under their belt to boot! They are perfect for your coffee run of course (with matching lids) but great for all liquids; I was introduced to them at a work meeting at a crowd-funding investors office, used for water for all the guests. They have a nice feel, look good, and have a great sustainable story.

Huskee cup sustainable cup made from coffee husks

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Goose and Dust make sustainable kids sunglasses that you'll want too "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Heres a stocking stuffer that will get heaps of use and is recyclable at the end of its life! Aussie designers Goose and Dust make the best sunnies and eyewear for kids that I ever did see.

Sustainable sunglasses for kids

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The perfect Aussie Christmas dress from Doops Designs "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

This is totally my pick for a Christmas dress this year. And for every other day of the year. This is the Cowley Fields design by Doops Designs who handmake beautiful, sustainable, ethical clothes in the Byron Bay hinterland.

Doops Designs Australiana print dress

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End of Year Celebration Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Come along to the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday 20th December from midday for a free celebration lunch!

Everybody is welcome to attend and celebrate the end of year with the local community at the centre.

Where: New Farm Neighbourhood Centre
When: 20th December
Commences: Midday
Cost: FREE
Contact: 3358 5600


Our 25th wedding anniversary and 32 years since we met "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A wonderful soul who we have since lost touch with, Hilary Dimon was commissioned to do both our natal charts to find the most suitable time for us to merge our planets back in 1993. We had chosen our location, Sans Souci at North Stradbroke Island but somehow could not fix the date. Hilary reported back with a question do you have anything against the 13th? No, the 13th is fine. OK well 3am is the optimum time We did have a problem with 3am however. . . . ok, next best is at 11:00pm on the dot on the Sunday evening the 12th? And so it was done . . .

Being both so interested in symbology and ritual we spent much time devising a ceremony that would have meaning for us. We then took twelve dear friends to the island to witness our little ritual under the stars. That team then returned to our home the following day to set the scene for a celebration party for 220 guests.

Wednesday, 12 December


Do the community a service-give your kids a gun for Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Precious Police Commissioner like the Police Union president Ian Leavers hate guns; only police should be allowed to own one Ian says

Queenslands police chief says a billboard suggesting people give each other guns for Christmas is abhorrent and should be taken down.

The billboard at Logan, south of Brisbane, features a gun wrapped in shiny Christmas paper, two images of Australia in the crosshairs, and asks: Whats under your tree this year?

Our kids are getting a gun each for Christmas are yours? Commissioner Ian Stewart wants to ban free speech. Its time readers!

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says theres nothing illegal about the gun shops advertising, but it does not reflect what Australia stands for.

I would like to see the billboard taken down. People who use firearms for their sport or work know where to go to purchase guns and I dont think we need that type of adverti...


LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and Challenger 604 VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pop into CQ Airports - Again! "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Late on Sunday 9 December, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  It later departed to Brisbane before later returning to Townsville in the wee small hours of Monday 10 December.

File photo

Meanwhile, as this post is being written, late on Monday 10 December, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" is due to complete a flight from Brisbane to Emerald Airport.  It is due to then return to Brisbane in the wee small hours of Tuesday 11 December.

UPDATE!  VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was back in CQ in the wee small hours of Wednesday 12 December, calling into Rockhampton Airport, again from and back to Brisbane.


3 Army MRH-90s into Rockhampton Airport - Plus 3 RAAF Super King Airs at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Tuesday 11 December was a very busy day for Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters and aircraft with multiple visits into various Central Queensland Airports.

At Rockhampton Airport, pair of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters flew in from Townsville.  A40-009 as "Warhorse 243", followed a short time later as A40-035 as "Destrier 113".

A40-035 at Rockhampton Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

The second MRH-90 A40-035 "Destrier 113" continued to Brisbane whereas the first, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" looked to suffer a maintenance issue and did not continue.

As a result, as the sun was setting, another Australian Army MRH-90 A40-028 as "Destrier 112" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport also from Townsville.

At the time of writing, both MRH-90s looks to be spending the night at Rocky.

UPDATE!  Repairs made, on Wednesday 12 December, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" departed Rockhampton Airport for Brisbane while A40-028 "Destrier 112" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.

UPDATE!  Also on Wednesday 12 December, another Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter A40-013 passed through Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Brisbane and departing to Townsville as "Destrier 113".

Meanwhile, up at Mackay Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 was noted calling in from Melbourne (Tullamarine) as "Wisdom 31".  After a couple of hours on the ground, it departed to the Toowoomba-Wellcamp Airport.

Finally, out at Longreach Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, three RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft and an Australian Army helicopter were all noted visiting from different parts.

RAAF Super King Airs A32-348 as "Hudson 04", A32-372 as "Hudson 02" and A32-339 as "Hudson 08" were all noted arriving into Longreach Airport from RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.  After taking on fuel, they each continued to Cairns.



Merlo - Fortitude Valley "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Being a big fan of Merlo Coffee (having subsisted off them since my days in university), I had always been keen to try out their stand alone store at Fortitude Valley. Unfortunately it is neither near work nor home for me, which meant it was not easy to get to, but having a breakfast nearby provided the perfect opportunity for us to grab a quick coffee beforehand.

Being a cafe and coffee roaster, there was no shortage of beans and coffee options. With Adam running late (tsk tsk), I had to make the order before he arrived.


Amaretti Biscuits for Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

tray of amaretti biscuits with almonds and amaretto liqueur in the background
Its a very low key Christmas at Tiffin HQ. Some of this is because we have been travelling quite a lot and some of this is because we have chosen to simplify our approach to Christmas. We are aiming for quality, not quantity. We still enjoy delicious Christmas foods and sharing home made gifts, which is why I made these super easy Amaretti. They make the perfect celebration or thank you gift. Youll never have left over egg whites again!

tray of amaretti biscuits with almonds and amaretto liqueur in the background

Bitter Desire

I have not included bitter almonds as they are not readily available in Australia. If you have access to bitter almonds or essence of bitter almonds, you can add a few that have been ground up (or a dash of essence). Amaretto is not mandatory but it does give the amaretti a nice toasty almond boost. I recommend having a shot for yourself whilst making these strictly for medicinal purposes, you understand.

Fun Foodie Fact: Michelin Stars are also known as Macarons in France.

 Christmas Amaretti Biscuits

(adapted from a recipe by Kitchen Sanctuary for Australian conditions)


  • 3 egg whites (frozen is fine but make sure they are completely defrosted)
  • 250g almond meal
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1/4 tspn vanilla extract
  • 30ml Amaretto liqueur
  • 2 3 extra tbsp caster sugar (for rolling)
  • 2 ...


UNDER 18 Chillinit "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Under 18s this one is for you!

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN UNDER 18 SHOW, 18+ may attend if they are a parent or guardian of a minor.

There will be zero tolerance policy to drugs & Alcohol.

Chillinit is, without question, the most exciting new hip-hop artist in Australia and one of the most revered new rappers in the Southern Hemisphere. A product of a vibrant, multicultural Australia: Chillinit is a brash, cricket-loving, Lebanese kid from South West Sydney, who has built a devoted following from scratch thanks to his must-follow Instagram page, millions of YouTube views on his fiery viral videos and his independently released debut album Women, Weed & Wordplay, which has racked up a staggering five million streams and counting.

Now, to celebrate the album release, Chillinit announces The Ashes National Tour, his first ever headline national run, supported by his opening batting partner the enigmatic Wombat. Kicking off in March with the 18+ First Innings, followed by an Underage Second Innings during the Easter School Holidays, culminating on the most sacred of dates, April 20th, 4/20!






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CHILLINIT 18+ "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


Chillinit is, without question, the most exciting new hip-hop artist in Australia and one of the most revered new rappers in the Southern Hemisphere. A product of a vibrant, multicultural Australia: Chillinit is a brash, cricket-loving, Lebanese kid from South West Sydney, who has built a devoted following from scratch thanks to his must-follow Instagram page, millions of YouTube views on his fiery viral videos and his independently released debut album Women, Weed & Wordplay, which has racked up a staggering five million streams and counting.

Now, to celebrate the album release, Chillinit announces The Ashes National Tour, his first ever headline national run, supported by his opening batting partner the enigmatic Wombat. Kicking off in March with the 18+ First Innings, followed by an Underage Second Innings during the Easter School Holidays, culminating on the most sacred of dates, April 20th, 4/20!







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