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Thursday, 14 June


Qantas Los Angeles to Melbourne flight sent into 10-second nosedive due to vortex caused by another aircraft "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Passengers have described the terrifying moment a vortex sent their Qantas flight into a 10-second "nosedive." Hundreds of horrified travelers held hands believing they were about to die as the aircraft suddenly dropped over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday. The dramatic ordeal afflicting passengers on the QF94 from Los Angeles to Melbourne is understood to have been caused by the vortex, or "wake turbulence" caused by another aircraft which took off just two minutes earlier. QF94 passenger Janelle Wilson told The Australian the "three-quarters-full" plane suddenly entered a "free fall nosedive ... a direct decline towards the ocean" for about 10 seconds. "It was between 1 and two hours after we left LA and all of a sudden the plane went through a violent turbulence and then completely up-ended and we were nosediving," Wilson told the newspaper yesterday.


Australian Couple Quoted 1 Million to Connect to the NBN "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Once again the flailing Australian National Broadband Network is in the news with a couple in Melbourne being quoted up to 1.2 million dollars to connect to the NBN. The primary reason for this is the the house in question is seven kilometres of fibre would be needed to connect the property. With the copper network being switched off around Australian, even in places where it is still viable, the only option is to switch to the NBN unless a competing network already exists. The NBN has stated that it can cost $30,000 to run fibre for a "few hundred metres". It is getting to the point where it can be cheaper just to move house if the internet is bad.

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Unemployment rate falls to 5.4pc "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Unemployment rate back to 2013 levels

Employment increased by a seasonally adjusted 15,900 to a new high of 12,522,300 in May.

That still wasn't enough to stop the annual pace of jobs growth slowing from a sizzling 3.4pc just a few months earlier to a still-reasonable 2.5pc.

And, importantly, the pace of full time jobs growth has faded over the past four months too. 

Melbourne and Sydney continue to create employment at a strong clip.

New South Wales has seen by far the greatest employment growth over the past year at 137,200, with Victoria (72,000) and Queensland (64,900) also performing well in terms of headline employment growth. 

The unemployment rate hit its lowest level in 6 months at 5.40 per cent, and is essentially as low as we've seen since January 2013. 


Seymour Line Notification: Service update - Seymour line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

The 18:02 Southern Cross to Albury is currently delayed by 19 minutes due to a signal issue. [20:13 14/06]


Seymour Line Notification: Service change - Shepparton line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

16:05 Shepparton - Southern Cross will not run today and is replaced by coaches for the entire journey due to a train fault.

[13:29 14/06]


Seymour Line Notification: Service change - Shepparton line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

12:52 SCS - Shepparton is now cancelled due to a train fault. Customers are asked to board the 13:32 service to Seymour and connect with replacement coaches to complete their journey.

[13:25 14/06]


21 June: International Day of Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word yoga derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 ... Read more...


Google Under Fire In Defamation Case After Someone Googled Themselves "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Milorad Trkulja was shot by an unknown gunman in Melbourne in 2004, then discovered that Google searches of his name brought up images of mob figures, including prolific drug trafficker Tony Mokbel. Gangland activity in the city was prevalent at the time.

Trkulja successfully sued Google in The Victorian Supreme Court in 2012, receiving AU$200,000 in damages (roughly $150,000). He then launched a second defamation action in 2013, alleging Google's autocomplete predictions, as well as searching phrases such as "Melbourne underworld criminals", wrongly brought up his name and image. Google took the case to the Victorian Court of Appeal and won that round.

Now the High Court has granted Trkulja special leave to appeal against that decision.

"In each of the pages on which images of such persons appear," the judgement said according to the ABC, "there are also images of persons who are notorious criminals or members of the Melbourne criminal underworld... coupled with images of persons, such as Mr Trkulja whose identity is relatively unknown."

Google tried to stop the case, but the High Court ruled there was clear potential for defamation.

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June 14 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

1789 - Poor old Billy Bligh, and a few of his crew, popped into Timor after a not so pleasurable cruise in their open boat lasting 5,800 kms.

1813 -  Coroner (and artist) John William Lewin presided at an inquest into the death of an Aboriginal girl named Nanny Cabbage, who is found dead at Cockle Bay (Darling Harbour). Evidence was given that Nanny and two friends, Norry and Currumburn, had connections with two soldiers from the Barracks and drank their rum. The soldiers, Peter Watson and James Rattray were committed for trial,
but acquitted.

1814 - Aborigines attacked settlers at Bringelly, Airds and Appin to avenge the murder of an Aboriginal woman and two children.

1814 - Revolting convicts - and, ohhhhh, weren't they revolting! - snatched the ship Argo in the Derwent area of Tassie and sailed off into the sunset, never to be seen again.

1825 Van Diemen's Land was separated administratively from New South Wales, it became fully independent in December.

1832 - John Fitzsimmons was hanged at Sydney for arson. (Fitzsimmons set ablaze a stack of wheat at Penrith).

1837 - HMS Buffalo, after being at anchor in Holdfast Bay, South Oz, for six months serving as a home for Governor Hindmarsh, set sail for Sydney.

1851 Gold discovered at the Turon River, New South Wales, the diggings became the richest in New South Wales.

1875 - The railway line between Ipswich and Brisbane (QLD) was officially opened. The line was not quite finished; the railway station buildings at Brisbane and several suburban stations were unfinished. The bridge over the Brisbane River at Indooroopilly, which was to supply the missing link, was incomplete, and passengers and goods were conveyed across the river in a punt.

1883 - The bridge over the large puddle of water known as the Murray River was completed at Albury-Wodonga and finally linked the NSW and Vic railways.

1899 - The first official visit of a British Team representing all the four Home Unions, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, now known as the first British Lions to tour Australia and New Zealand.
Todays match results -
British Lions 11 v Central South 3 at Goulburn

1890 - Battery operated trams began puddling about in Bendigo; these didn't have enough oomph for the Bendigo hills so were replaced by steam engines in 1892. But on a downhill run and with a tail wind, they'd still outrace the Metro express from Flinders St - South Yarra.

1893 - Edward Smedley was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of his wife Phoebe at Qurindi. This hanging was mishandled and Smedley suffocated to death on the rope.

1907 - The Ballarat Art School was transferred to the School of Mines Ballarat (SMB).


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Wednesday, 13 June


Foodora taken to court over gig economy underpayment "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed from Victoria

Gig economy food delivery giant Foodora is going to court over allegations of under payment of three riders.

The case will be heard in the Federal Court in Sydney on 10 July.

Legal action has been initiated by Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James, claiming the riders had been engaged as independent contractors, but did the work of employees.

This is an important case, where if the company is found guilty, it will throw doubt on the legality of the increasingly widespread practice.

In this instance, the case involves the non-payment of a significant part of the wages that would have occurred if the three had been engaged as employees.

Two of the alleged victims, worked for Foodora in Melbourne and the third in Sydney, during 2015 and 2016.

The Ombudsman explained in a press release, that the office has examined the nature of the relationship between Foodora and the three workers, using the following factors.

  • the level of control, supervision and direction Foodora exercised over the workers hours, location and manner of work;
  • the requirement for the workers to wear a Foodora-branded t-shirt and use food storage boxes and/or bike racks supplied by Foodora;
  • Foodora paid the workers fixed hourly rates and/or amounts per delivery and the workers did not negotiate their rates of pay at any time; and
  • each of the workers was not genuinely conducting their own delivery business, in that they: did not advertise or promote their availability to perform deliveries to the public; did not delegate their delivery duties with Foodora to any other person; and did not have their own customer base, business premises and insurances.

Because of this, the three were entitled to receive wages that are appropriate for an employee in the industry.

If the Federal Court rules against Foodora, it could have fines of up to $54,000 for each case. The court also has the power to order the company to back pay the workers the outstanding money.

Other food delivery gig economy companies, such as, Uber Eats and Deliveroo, are  using the independent contracting label to undercut wages as well. Uber found itself before the Central London Employment Tribunal in 2016 for the same practice and ordered to provide the same rights as regular employees.

There has been growing concern over the rise of the gig economy in Australia. Gig work is where people are engaged via the use of digital technology...


Waste to Energy Public Forum "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When:Tuesday 19th June 2018 from 7pmWhere: Mid City Hotel, 19 Doveton Street North, Ballarat. An opportunity to hear from our panel and to ask questions about Waste to Energy opportunities, technologies and social licence considerations for the Ballarat Region. Our Panel includes : Barry Sullivan (Business Development Manager Renewables Downer Utilities Australia) La Vergne Lehmann (Executive Officer for Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group) Jock Charles (Director [...]


In This One State, 1.08 Million Animals Were Experimented on, Dogs Included "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Over 1.08 million animals were used for scientific experiments in total, and now that number is rising for the first time in supposedly three years in this state.

Think that its not that inhumane to experiment on mice or rodents? Well, these animals being experimented upon include koalas, pound dogs, rabbits, horses, monkeys and sheep.

This is happening in the Australian state of Victoria.

The official justification is that most of these animals were simply observed (does that mean a control group? Probably not), but other animals suffered through horrific, violent tests in the name of science, as phrased by an article from the Herald Sun.

This isnt in the name of science, its in the name of scientism and money.

One weird fact about this statistic is that the animals undergoing genetic modifications in particular rose tremendously, with 133,852 animals being used for 259 separate projects.



Queensland delivers marriage equality for transgender people "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Transgender people in Queensland will have the dignity of living their true lives, following a significant birth certificate reform passed by the State Parliament tonight.

The Queensland Government has removed an unnecessary and discriminatory barrier, which forced married trans people to divorce their spouse in order to change the gender marker on their birth certificate.

Brisbanes Roz Dickson transitioned at age 47 and wanted to stay married to her wife Kathy. Roz and Kathy have been together for 28 years and have two children.

I want to stay married, particularly for our children. When I transitioned to live as a woman I became happier in myself, a more fulfilled and content person to live with and a better parent to our young children. This law means I will finally be able to change my birth certificate to reflect who I am, said Ms Dickson.

This change will ensure transgender people are not forced to choose between divorcing the person they love and having identification that doesnt reflect who they are.

Queensland is the third state to introduce the amendment after marriage equality was realised last year. Trans and gender diverse advocates continue to advocate for similar changes in the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia, as well as removing other outdated and unfair barriers to accessing accurate birth certificates. South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and New South Wales have already reformed their birth certificate laws to remove this requirement.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, celebrated the laws which will finally allow marriage equality for transgender Queenslanders and their families.

Our communities, families, doctors and schools already support marriage equality, and its time our laws did as well. This is a small but significant change that will allow transgender people to be free to be who they are, while maintaining their commitment to the person they fell in love with, said Ms Brown.

The Queensland Government is currently reviewing laws which only allow people to change the gender on their birth certificate in very limited circumstances.

Transgender people face p...


Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

18:30 Seymour - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 18 minutes due to track congestion. 

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The Grace of Tenderness "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A Stuart Wilde article. Tenderness is one of the three graces [along with generosity and respect]. Through tenderness you arrive back in the lap of the Gods for the celestial....


Eugenics never went away "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Our civilization has always been deeply flawed and this is a continuing problem.  It follows that we then depend on government intervention to resolve perceived flaws and those structures are easily manipulated in unacceptable ways.  This is one of the more obvious examples.

First, though, i do want to say that the tool of summary sterilization is not the actual problem.  In fact there are ample situations were it can be effectively applied.   The problem remains as always in the process which is immediately open to the application of self interest.

Under no circumstance was the case described here anything close to the intentions of the framers of the laws in question.  Yet it was still far too easily abused.  We have seen the same problem with foster programs and their like.

Today we have the ongoing horror of abortion which is now far removed from claimed intent.  Put another way, you do not release a hundred killers from death row because one may be innocent. You simply change out the actual practice until you have something that works well enough and is perhaps corrective.

Corrective, sadly, may mean eligibility for compensation.  Until we get our civilization right we may have to live with that.

Eugenics never went away

Thought eugenics died with the Nazis? Think again: the eugenic programme of sterilising the unfit continues even today

The Provincial Training School in Red Deer, Alberta, opened in October 1923 and was designated to be a residential institution for the training of people deemed mentally defective. Photo courtesy

Robert A Wilson

is professor of philosophy at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the founder of the network.........


Muslim women and the neoliberal logic of empowerment "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

How many more stories about Muslim womens empowerment need to be told until shes empowered enough? Until shes normal enough? Until shes just like us enough? The latest is a 30-minute VR short film called Storm Riders by London-based Australian contemporary artist Shaun Gladwell, showing at ACMI in Melbourne from 9 June. Described as an immersive, intimate exploration of Islam, skateboarding and sexual politics, the film follows the surprising phenomenon of Muslim women skateboarders. Its aim: to tackle the stereotype of passive, subservient Muslim women.


Fundraiser to help Esso workers at Longford "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


For more than a year, workers at Essos  gas plant at Longford in Victoria, have been  out of work and maintaining a permanent vigil outside the gate, over their refusal to accept a cut to a third of their wages, and a  roster that they say, would undermine their working conditions. These workers and their families are having a hard time of it, and need donations from supporters to help them get by.

Workers Solidarity in Melbourne has organised a trivia/auction fund raising event.

Book a table or for one. Come. Have some fun and  help raise some money.

Food provided, drinks available.

Keynote Speakers

Troy Carter, AMWU delegate and worker
Colin Long, Secretary of the NTEU Victoria

Event organised by Workers Solidarity.

On Tuesday 19 June 2018 at 6:30pm

At the AMWU  at 251 Queensberry St, Carlton South, Victoria 3053


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Beef prices hold steady "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

CATTLE numbers are dwindling at sales across the state, causing a flurry of buyers at last weeks VLE Leongatha store sale and a subsequent jump in prices.
Agents are anticipating lower numbers for most of winter, which could see prices hold steady in the lead up to spring.
SEJ livestock agent Terry Johnston said the beef market had been fairly ordinary until last Thursdays sale, which saw prices recover slightly.
He said people were starting to realise cattle numbers were likely to be limited over the winter.
At Bairnsdale a fortnight ago, there were 2000 cattle yarded. Last Friday, there were 900, he said.
At Leongatha last Thursday, we had around 1400 yarded, which was low compared to the numbers we were getting.
Mr Johnston said the flow of cattle into the local sale from other parts of the state had slowed right down.
It has been good here, but there are a lot of areas still lacking. At Yarram and in the east of the state, it hasnt been a good season, he said.
They are predicting a mild winter, which seems to suit us down to the ground. In the dry areas, they have started to sell off their breeding stock, they just cant hang on to them.
Mr Johnston said globally, beef prices were not expected to increase in the short term.
However, the local shortage might help to keep prices fairly solid here over winter. If there is a good general rain, things might take off, he said.
Landmark livestock agent Terry Ginnane said while winter has arrived, South Gippsland has fared better than the majority of the state.
We are better off than most areas. Obviously over the next six weeks when it gets colder there will not be a lot of growth, but weve got grass at the moment, he said.
Mr Ginnane said at last weeks prime sale, the good cattle were dearer, however numbers were continuing to ease back.
The only thing that hasnt changed much is light, plain cattle. We are still seeing a lot come out of the north of the state, he said.
Good, finished cattle are in short supply, so I cant see them coming back (in price).
Mr Ginnane said demand at last Thursdays store sale saw prices lift $50 to $100, making for a stronger sale, despite the smaller yarding.
There was not much change in the cross bred dairy types, they are just not making big money. They take a long time to finish and they dont winter very well, he said.
After numbers backed off last Thursday, Mr Ginnane was predicting a more impressing yarding for the next store sale in a weeks time.
Some of these cattle are going to look like good buying once there is some grass around, heading into spring, he said.



Dairy code under review "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

DAIRY farmers are awaiting the outcome of a 12 month review of the industrys voluntary code of practice by the Australian Dairy Industry Council, 12 months after its introduction.
Dumbalk dairy farmer Damian Murphy said after the events of April 2016, something needed to be done to rebuild trust and relationships between farmers and processors.
I have a simple view that we had to start somewhere and that was with a voluntary code. Where we end up is really up to the processors and their behaviour, he said.
The code is necessary, because in its most simple form it is setting the rules of the game and this game involves peoples livelihoods, which has a flow on effect throughout the whole community.
Burra Foods CEO Grant Crothers said the introduction of the voluntary code had little impact on the company.
For Burra, it has meant little as we did not step down in 2016 nor did we establish any price clawback mechanism, he said.
Processors are very aware of the erosion of trust in the relationships, which the code can only assist repair.
Mr Crothers said whether the industry needed the code or not was a fair question.
The industry has worked very well for the last 50 or so years without such a code 18 years without regulation, he said.
The events of 2016 were driven by poor governance and the code may assist future stronger governance.
The processing sector is now a group of well capitalised companies with a focus on maximising value from milk and growing the industry.
The code will not do that, but if it assists confidence at farm gate then it has a role.
One of the functions of the code was to create a more transparent milk pricing system.
The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria have been working with farm consultant John Mulvany on a simpler milk pricing system that encourages efficient, low cost, profitable and resilient production of milk, Mr Murphy said.
Mr Crothers said the farmgate milk pricing system was transparent enough, but conceded it was too complicated.
Dairy farmers have various opportunities to get payment and cash flow forecasts from processors, but the payment system has developed complexity we would rather not have, he said.
The value of raw milk over a 12 month cycle is complicated and processors are asked to accurately forecast foreign exchange, commodity prices and global demand things that even the best resourced institutions regularly get wrong.
We have an imperfect system, but in 48 of the last 50 years it has worked well and to date its the best one we can find.
As part of the review process, ADIC will analyse separate reports handed down by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the federal Senates Economics Reference Committee.
The review should be completed by the end of June.


Demand for land drives value "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FARMLAND values in Bass Coast and South Gippsland continued to increase in 2017, a trend replicated across most of the state.
Last year in Bass Coast Shire, the median price per hectare was $16,144, nearly $2000 up on the three year average of $14,164.
There was an estimated 26 farm sales in Bass Coast in 2017, while in South Gippsland there was 103 estimated sales.
South Gippslands median price per hectare in 2017 was $12,982, just $700 up on the three year average of $12,290.
In Gippsland last year, the median price of farmland increased by 15.4 percent, well above the state average of 9.5 percent.
According to Rural Banks third annual Australian Farmland Values report, in 2017smaller blocks in Gippsland sold at a premium price.
Some were purchased as additions to existing farms, but in the 30 hectare to 50 hectare market, there was a higher percentage of lifestyle purchases.
Leongatha Alex Scott and Staff agent Peter Dwyer said there had been good enquiry for all types of grazing blocks, dairy blocks and farms.
Apart from a bit of a dry autumn this year, the past two years have had fairly consistent seasons which has helped demand generally, he said.
Cattle prices are also holding pretty steady.
Mr Dwyer said interest in South Gippsland comes from various areas.
We have had enquiries from East Gippsland for grazing blocks and local interest is good too. It is a big area with some big farmers, so a lot of people are looking for a bit more land, he said.
I think our country is still good value. It is a good region to come to with good rainfall and it is close to the metropolitan area.
All these things help to keep demand high.
Chief executive officer of Rural Bank Alexandra Gartmann said the results of the 2017 report underlined the inherent value of Victorian farmland, while reinforcing the importance of taking a long-term view.
Volatile climate and market conditions characterise farming across the country and as a result, it is inevitable these alongside many other factors will contribute to fluctuations in farmland values, she said.
Overall, buyers in the market exceeded supply in 2017, and with strong commodity prices and record low interest rates expected to continue, demand for Victorian farmland is set to remain strong.


Parrots in decisive win "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHA has moved one rung up the ladder by beating Sale and consigning the Magpies to third as the Parrots fill second spot.
The loss by Sale sees Maffra all clear on top of the ladder two games ahead, while the Parrots win has also given it some breathing space two games clear of Moe in fourth and Traralgon fifth.
At the midpoint of the season Maffra is the team to beat; still unbeaten but certainly the Eagles have had a couple of close ones.
Leongatha and Sale are Maffras biggest challengers and if things stay this way these two teams gain the double chance.
Moe, Traralgon and Bairnsdale are the three teams fighting it out for the remaining two ladder positions.
In perfect conditions at Sale, Leongatha welcomed youngsters Tom Evans up from the Reserves and Mason McGannon, a Gippsland Power player who has been playing in the Thirds lately.
It wouldnt take long before McGannon made his presence felt booting his first senior goal in the first term.
Both Sale and Leongatha was going hard at it with three goals apiece in the opening term with Dunne kicking the opening goal and Josh Hopkins the other.
It was Leongatha 3.4 to Sales 3.3 at quarter time.
Leongatha set up its win in the second quarter, booting five goals to Sales one; a lead it managed to hold for the rest of the game.
The pressure was on in the early part before Leongatha broke the shackles as the Parrots sensed it was getting the upper hand; with Cade Maskell in defence sneaking up to boot two goals this term, McGrath, Lloyd and Bowman the other three.
Sam Forrester was having a great game moved forward and playing high up the ground, picking up loads of possessions.
Ben Willis in the ruck for Leongatha played a fantastic game against one of the leagues best in Lipman. Willis is enjoying a great season and he was again a strength for the Parrots in the tapping duals and around the ground with his superb mobility and work ethic.
The third quarter again saw Sale applying pressure and the intensity was up again as the Magpies tried to get back into the game.
Parrot defenders Schelling, Maskell, Westaway and Cooper amongst others were not letting Sale get any easy ones.
Leongatha had forward entries but could only convert 2.1 to Sales 3.2, but it was the Parrots heading into the last change with a 10.8 to 7.9 lead.
Leongatha blew the game apart in the first 15 minutes of the final term with four goals, two to Dunne and Lloyd and one to Hume, to go out to a 42 point lead.
A back injury to Schelling saw him go off and the momentum changed with Sale then adding quick goals; four in five minutes and suddenly what looked like an easy win to Leongatha was again challenged.
Sale kicked another one approaching time on and it was only two goals the difference.
Another Sale mark at the 28 minu...


Lions defence too strong "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ALTHOUGH Stony Creek stood the clear winner of the battle, a tough contest took place against Toora at the Stony Creek Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Toora was missing some key players in Jack Weston and Luke Manders. Likewise, Stony Creek was missing Anthony Sigeti and Sam Marriott.
Play in the first quarter was scrappy, but Stony Creek managed a slight two goal lead.
Toora came in with two big ruckman Lincoln Toner and Troy Allott, who were winning a lot of the clearances. From there, Jesse Manton and Josh Griffin worked the ball well into the forward 50, and had a lot of good contests with Stony Creek midfielders Darcy Atkins and Cameron McKenzie.
Peter Grant earned his place in Tooras best, outplaying his Stony Creek opponent Max Homer and taking a lot of great marks on the wing.
Toora gave itself plenty of opportunities to cause damage on the scoreboard, but Stony Creeks formidable defensive six didnt let them follow through.
Andrew Logan and Jack Soroczynski were impressive in stopping play inside their defensive 50. Matija Sigeti also had a great day in the backline after coming back from a hamstring injury.
Key forwards Kael Bergles, Jacob Byrnes and Michael Milivojevic eagerly awaited turnovers. Milivojevic took a lot of great marks inside forward 50, feeding it in to Bergles and Byrnes.
Bergles kicked six and Byrnes kicked four.
Tooras Ben Willder played full back on Bergles, and put up an impressive fight. Although Bergles came away with six, they were not from set shots or marks.
In the end, the defence was too much for Toora, and it was unable to lift throughout the match.
Stony Creek will take on Tarwin this week a game they are going into with some confidence. The side will have Brad Hutchinson back from injury.
Toora will be taking on MDU.

Impressive: Stony Creeks Kael Bergles claimed the ball over Tooras Ben Willder on Saturday. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@


Bulldogs upset the Sea Eagles "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

PHILLIP Island caused Inverloch-Kongwaks first loss for the season on Saturday.
However, it did take the Bulldogs a while to warm up.
Conditions were slippery early, but it was quick to dry up.
The first quarter looked like Inverloch-Kongwak would remain in control of the game, quickly getting a 22 point lead.
Phillip Island only managed one behind for the quarter, and could not match the skill the Sea Eagles demonstrated early.
At the quarter time break, Phillip Island took a moment to focus, and went back out to play its own game.
With a new mindset, Phillip Island began winning a lot more of the ball in the middle, and was leading by eight points at half time.
A few minor injuries saw some Phillip Island players off the ground during the second half, until the Bulldogs only had one left on the bench.
Unshaken, the Bulldogs stood its ground and continued to show its character.
Jack Taylor was a gun key forward for the Bulldogs, kicking four for the day.
Leigh Warne and Will Van Diemen were impressive across half back, slowing down Inverloch-Kongwaks attempts to hit targets.
For Inverloch-Kongwak, Shem Hawking, Campbell McKenzie, Jarvis Pryor, Adam Cross, Michael Eales and Daniel Reid were named in the best.
Inverloch-Kongwak made one last attempt to get the points in the last quarter, holding Phillip Island to just one goal. It made up a bit of ground, but it was not enough to deny an upset.
Next week, Phillip Island will face Koo Wee Rup, whilst Inverloch-Kongwak takes on new rivals Cora Lynn.

Out of danger: Phillip Islands Leigh Warne steered the ball out of his defensive 50 on Saturday. Warne was named amongst Phillip Islands best players.


Leongatha cyclists shine "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE three day Gippsland cycling tour took place over the long weekend with riders racing around the Lindenow, Darnum and Mardan circuits.
Leongatha Cycling Club successfully hosted day three on Monday, June 11 with volunteers manning the corners and coordinating the starts and finishes, starting at the Leongatha Secondary College.
Former Warragul rider Cyrus Monk took out the tour just ahead of Leongathas Thomas McFarlane. Monk completed the total tour in a time of 6.51.12, just one minute and eight seconds ahead of McFarlane.
McFarlane had an excellent tour, taking out the stage one road race at Lindenow and the stage three road race at Shady Creek. He finished just a couple of seconds behind Monk in Mondays race around the Mardan circuit.
Leongatha dominated in A Grade of the tour with five riders in the top 10 placings, Gippsland Road Race champion Will Lumby of Leongatha finished fourth, Ollie McLean fifth, Stuart Smith sixth, and Harry McLean finished in seventh place.
Leigh Stott was the solo competitor in B Grade representing Leongatha, finishing in eleventh place.
In C Grade Leongatha had one representative in Peter McLean who finished seventh.

Mardan circuit: Cyrus Monk, formerly of Warragul, finished just metres ahead of Leongathas Thomas McFarlane in Mondays event hosted by Leongatha.


Dane takes out the title "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHA boxer Dane Herbert claimed the Masters Champion belt after competing in the WBF Australian Championships on Saturday, June 2.
Held in Caloundra, Dane fought for the open heavyweight title.
Coming up against a Queensland local, the odds were stacked against Dane with supporters eagerly backing the opposition.
However, with his wife Colleen an accredited boxing coach in his corner, Dane was the clear winner on the day.
Dane won the title after four rounds.
The first two rounds placed Dane clearly in favour. However, a knock in the third round put his chances of winning in jeopardy.
After convincing the referee he was fine to continue, Dane finished the round but knew the next was vital.
In the end, Danes fitness won out and his opponent couldnt keep up with his level of intensity.
Dane retired from boxing 15 years ago, but made a comeback after the Masters Division was introduced in Victoria last year.
Masters boxing is growing in Victoria, but it has been going in Queensland for quite a while so we find ourselves travelling to Queensland a fair bit, he said.
Since his return, Dane has won 35 fights from 48. He has also competed for three Masters Titles; and won all three.
During his time off, Dane continued coaching boxing at Lions Boxing Gymnasium at his home in Leongatha.
With his fitness still in check, Dane was well prepared to take on the challenge in the Masters Division. He continues to train six times a week.
In a few weeks, Dane will return to Queensland to defend his title in the Queensland Masters Heavy Weight Boxing Championship he claimed last year.
The Victorian titles are coming up in September, but Dane is particularly looking forward to the Pan Pacific Masters Games, set to be held in November on the Gold Coast.
Boxers will be travelling internationally to compete, and Dane is eager to win the title on home soil.
Aside from the challenge that comes with boxing competitively, Dane said he enjoys the camaraderie that is shared in the Masters Divisions; a difference to the competition when he fought in Elite.

Top team: Leongathas Dane and Colleen Herbert came home from Caloundra with the Masters Champion belt on Saturday, June 2. While Dane was in the ring, Colleen was in his corner and i...


Milestones achieved in Koonwarra "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A CROWD of 90 brought a warm glow on a chilly morning to the Great Southern Rail Trail parkrun course at Koonwarra on Saturday.
There were 11 first timers and a few tourists, from Traralgon and Frankston.
Its rare to have an event without any milestones and everyone loves to celebrate them.
Two junior 10s clocked up their first milestone Alex Ritchie and Levi Walliker.
There were 19 participants who recorded personal bests including the first male and female finishers.
In his second run at Koonwarra, Harrison Garlick crossed the line in 19:23 and first-timer Lucy Patterson finished in 25:23.
Koony regulars Leo Argento managed to shave 24 seconds off his previous best time from March, and Leanne Stuchbery took 21 seconds off her time from last week.
If youd like more details, you can read the full list of results  and a complete event history on the Koonwarra parkrun website
Koonwarra is grateful for the financial support parkrun gets from its sponsors, but Koonwarra is also extremely blessed with so many volunteers within the ranks of the weekly crowd, with only a couple of spots left on the latest run roster poster.
This weeks event was made possible by volunteers Lynette McCarthy, Vanessa McCarthy, Danielle Lisle, Cindy Smith, Eamonn Toomey, Sebastian Toomey and Steve Fuery.
If youd like to join their ranks, dont worry another poster of the future volunteer roster will be available soon, and you can always email if you want to put your hand up for a role.
The female record is held by Sarah Lewis who recorded a time of 18:49 on December 30, 2017.
The male record is held by Sam Quirk who recorded a time of 15:54 on April 7, 2018.
The age grade course record is held by John Graham who recorded 83.88 percent (20:22) on November 11, 2017.

Amazing volunteers: Koonwarra parkruns volunteer panel included Lynette McCarthy, Vanessa McCarthy, Danielle Lisle, Cindy Smith, Eamonn Toomey, Sebastian Toomey and Steve Fuery this week.


June 13 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1810 - Today was a lucky day for explorer Matthew Flinders as he was finally released from prison on Mauritius...although his famous pusskin, Trim, wasn't quite so lucky....

1816 - Mrs Mac breathed a sigh of relief as the road to Mrs Macquarie's Chair was finished and she could go have some time to herself and get some embroidery done in peace and quiet...while helping plan the architecture of the colony, the new hospital, roads, pioneer hay making with John Macarthur's missus, have babies and....maybe do more than glance at the stunning view from her famous chair.

1827 - At Dairy Plains Meander River in Tassie 9 Aboriginal people were killed by armed stockmen.

1831 - The British built steamer, Sophia Jane, became the first steamship to operate in Australian waters, when it began choofing its Sydney to Newcastle service.

1835 - Batmania was suggested as a name for the proposed settlement which later became Melbourne.
The original name is Narrm.

1872 - The Royal Mint building in William St, Melbourne was officially opened by someone or other...hmph, it's just giving them a licence to print money...

1884 - Joseph Cordini was hanged at Deniliquin Gaol for the murder of George Mizon on the Hay road outside Deniliquin.

1887 - John Harrison was hanged at Brisbane Gaol for the murder of William Thompson.

1887 - Ellen Thompson was hanged at Brisbane Gaol for the murder of her husband William. She was the only woman hanged in Queensland.

1888 - Calabungamarra was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of a Chinese man, Indyco, at Hamersley Range.

1890 - Ballarat Bods got their happy groove on with the opening of the Fine Art Gallery building.

1893 - Passing more than the brekkie prunes today saw the NSW Government pass a law allowing settlement on Crown land.

1893 - Soon after the Kiama to Bomaderry Railway Line (NSW) opened a valuable horse was killed on the line at Gerringong.

1895 - Coal miner Robert Hales was walking home through the relatively short 80m Helensburgh Tunnel south of Sydney when a steam train appeared behind him.
He ran.
Not fast enough.

1910 - Alexander Joseph Bradshaw was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of George and Alice Sutherland at Carron River, near Croydon.

1916 - The Cudgewa Railway Line (Vic) was extended when the Tallangatta to Shelley section was opened.

1923 - That black, salty spread made from the left-overs of beer brewing that we slather on our sangas, Vegemite, waltzed into legend on this day.

1924 - The Victorian railway extension from Annuello to Robinvale (formerly Bumbang) was officially opened. A special train fro...

Tuesday, 12 June


Australia is moving towards a treaty with the First Nations "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Contributed from Queensland

Joining Victorias historic initiative towards putting in place a treaty with the First Nations of the state, the Northern Territory has signed a memorandum of understanding towards a similar result.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner says his government stands ready to negotiate a Northern Territory Treaty.

South Australia had already made its own move, and on 13 December 2016, it set aside $4.4 million to support its treaty process, backing negotiations that were already taking place.  But the states new government has reversed direction and stopped the negotiations.

Moving towards Treaty is an important step towards reconciliation,  recognitising that the land was taken by foreign invaders from those already living here and the right to sovereignty. .

In formal terms, a treaty is a binding agreement between two or more states that agrees on certain responsibilities and duties for each party, which is usually reached after a period of negotiation. The implication is that the parties relate to each other as equals.

This is the reason why achieving this is so important to Australias First Nations. Achieving a treaty, is to move  dependency and powerlessness, towards being a people with their own voice and in control of their own destiny.

The movements towards Treaty that are now underway in Victoria and the Northern Territory, is working to pull the whole of Australia into this direction.

The Commonwealth government continues to refuse to shift. It will not be able to hold back the tide of history and will eventually have to give way. Now that the process has begun in a state and territory, the pressure  to catch up is on.

The Northern Territory memorandum of understanding, which has come about after a period of consultation that began in March, was signed on 7 June at the Barunga Festival in the Aboriginal community of Barunga, about 400km south-west of Darwin. It weas here that 30 years ago, the landmark declaration of self-determination and a call for a treaty, was delivered to the then prime minister of Australia, Bob Hawke.

Junes memorandum outlines how the consultation between the traditional owners and the Government is going to take place. A working group has been set up. It was signed by the Anindilyakawa Land Council, the Central Land Council, the Northern Land Council, the Tiwi Land Council and the Chief Minister Michael Gunner, on behalf of the Territorys gove...

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