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Wednesday, 20 June



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

Due to delays caused by vandalism in the Kilmore East - Wallan area coaches will operate from Seymour - Albury to assist with travel. These coaches will depart on time at 08:26. [08:18 20/06]


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

06:35 Albury - Southern Cross will have an anticipated delay of approximately 60 minutes due to vandalism in the Kilmore East - Wallan area.

[08:12 20/06]


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1965 - The rail passenger service from Heath...

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Tuesday, 19 June


Rate hikes pushed out until 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

OIS see no hikes imminent

The Reserve Bank released its Board Meeting Minutes today for June 2018. 

I noted here the other day that there was an addition in June relating to declining mortgage rates on outstanding loans. 

It was interesting to note that in today's release the wording was given a little tweak to add a bit more clarity, suggesting that mortgage rates on new housing are no longer falling. 

There was a bit of discussion about the positive impacts of immigration on the ageing population.

Australia has experienced strong population growth over the past decade.

Thanks to young migrants, notably the median age had declined in New South Wales and Victoria.

There was a murmur of excitement due to there being no direct reference to the next move in rates being up.

Not sure I'd read too much into that personally, although currency markets flickered a little!

There was also a reference to wages being 'low and stable' which isn't wording that exactly screams imminent tightening, although there is reportedly some evidence of wage pressures in parts of the economy. 

In any event, reality is dawning on financial markets, with RBA meeting overnight indexed swaps looking increasingly skinny and now not pricing in a hike until 2020. 


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

07:05 Southern Cross - Albury will be delayed approximately 40 minutes due to vandalism in the  Kilmore East - Wallan area.

[07:50 20/06]


March quarter resi prices (-0.7pc qtr, +2pc yr) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ABS reports modest price declines

The ABS released its residential property price indexes for the March 2017 quarter.

Although these figures are retrospective, they are always instructive, and reflected tighter lending conditions this quarter.

The total value of the dwelling stock was a nick lower at $6.9 billion - albeit well up from $4.4 trillion in 2011 - putting the mean price of residential dwellings at $687,700, and leaving housing market equity of around $5.1 trillion or so.

At the national level there was a quarterly decline in prices of 0.7 per cent, now leaving prices just 2 per cent higher than a year earlier.

The quarterly price decline was mainly accounted for by the most populous city, Sydney, with Melbourne also posting a moderate 0.6 per cent decline. 

Zooming in on the New South Wales capital, from a year earlier attached dwelling prices in Sydney were still 0.4 per cent higher, but house prices were 0.8 per cent lower (though all dwelling types were below their respective June 2017 cyclical peaks).  

Over the year to March 2018 the strongest price growth was seen in Hobart at 14.1 per cent, and the weakest w.........


Scotsman's letter proves the slaughter of Aborigines "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

An extraordinary letter home to Scotland from a young man who had emigrated to Australia in the 1830s has been made available to people trying to reconcile with Aboriginal history. James Graham wrote home to his family in Fife in 1839, a year after he had emigrated to Australia, and his letter contains proof that Aborigines were massacred by white settlers - studies have shown that up to 60% of Australians still do not believe such atrocities happen. During National Reconciliation Week earlier this month - seven days of promoting Aboriginal culture - the so-called Overland Letter by Graham was promoted by the University of Melbourne in its online publication Pursuit. The letter from the university archives is extraordinary for several reasons, not least because it is a rare example of the "criss-cross" style of writing which Victorians used in order to save paper - the most famous user of that method was the missionary and explorer David Livingstone. According to Pursuit, Graham's cross-writing horizontally, vertically and diagonally filled two large leaves of heavy paper with words that would later add up to forty pages of typed transcription.


Videos & Report on Melbourne Free Assange British Consulate protest today 19 June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Free Julian Assange protest outside the British Consulate at 90 Collins Street Melbourne started on time and was well attended. Julian Assange's father was there and thanked people for coming. We have to give credit to the organisers - the Socialist Equity Party (SEP). It seems that no-one else in Melbourne has been able to draw people together to protest about Julian Assange's persecution, although it is obvious that many people do care. A problem may be that people believe they need permission to hold meetings and rallies, but this is rarely the case. There were several speakers and we did not film all of them. The films uploaded here were filmed on a hand-held digital camcorder, more for the record than for art. We also filmed the surroundings and participants to give viewers an idea of the scene in Australia. Another protest was to be held tonight (19 June 2018) at the State Library, where the film, Collateral Murder, would be shown. We have embedded a copy of this chilling record of a night of murder for fun by US armed forces in Iraq, which is a document that Julian Assange published, and for which he has been pursued with murderous resentment by the United States ever since.

The Collateral Murder video (April 2010) (embedded below) was shown at a Free Assange Vigil from 6-8pm at Melbourne State Library on 19 June 2018.

The video below records James Coburn, National Secretary of the Social Equality Party's speech about Assange's predicament and the record so far of Australian prime ministers, among other things.

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Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

16:31 Southern Cross - Shepparton is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to congestion on the tracks shared with Metro.

[18:08 19/06]


No more harassment at the doors of abortion clinics for NSW women "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

For the first time in 15 years, women attending the Surry Hill's reproductive health clinic did so today without being harassed, intimidated or filmed.

Safe access zones have become a reality around clinics that provide abortions in New South Wales, after the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Act 2018 entered into force.

Paul Nattrass, Practice Manager at The Private Clinic in Surry Hills, said that he was relieved that women could now enter his clinic safely and privately.

"Today, for the first time that I can remember, the streets were quiet outside our clinic. Patients entered without strangers intimidating or questioning their private medical decisions. Staff were able to focus on providing the very best healthcare possible to our patients without fearing harassment. We are just really grateful that the NSW Parliament passed the laws, said Mr Nattrass.

The laws create 150 metre zones around medical clinics that provide abortions, where it is now unlawful to harass, intimidate, obstruct or film people without consent, or to communicate about abortions in a manner reasonably likely to cause anxiety or distress.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the law is an important recognition and validation of women's rights and experiences.

Women fear harassment and intimidation in so many areas of life, but no longer do women in New South Wales need to fear this when accessing reproductive healthcare. No longer do women have to forgo their rights to safety, dignity and privacy just to see their doctor," said Ms Walters.

New South Wales joins Tasmania, Victoria, ACT and Northern Territory in creating safe access zones around abortion clinics.

The new laws do not however, decriminalise abortion. Abortion in NSW is still regulated by 100 year old criminal laws that cause confusion and place decision-making power in the hands of third parties at the expense of womens autonomy.

Ms Walters said the NSW Government must now end the criminalisation of womens bodies and respect women as capable decision-makers over their own lives.

"It is simply unacceptable that in 2018, women are still being told that they cant be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies and still run the risk of prosecution for seeking a safe medical procedure. NSW must take the next step and bring its abortion laws into line with community values, modern medical practice and womens basic rights," said Ms Walters.

For interviews with Adrianne Walters and Paul Nattrass or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


This is the fifth year that RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees, the first self-determined advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia run by Refugees for Refugees continues to call for a boycott of Refugee week. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This is the fifth year that RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees, the first self-determined advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia run by Refugees for Refugees continues to call for a boycott of Refugee week.  Meanwhile almost every agency across the world that states they help or advocate for Refugees calls us to celebrate Refugee week and World Refugee Day.

There are now over 65 million forcibly displaced people around the world, the highest number since World War II.  Furthermore between just 2016 and 2017, despite the global increase of refugees, the number of refugee resettlement places dropped by 54%. How many refugees are Indefinitely and forcibly detained in immigration detention centres, Blocked from seeking protection, Tortured abused and murdered, Deprived of water and food supplies, Living below the poverty line within refugee camps or Deported to danger?

How are you going to address this systemic oppression and calculated discrimination during Refugee week? Sitting in a dark corner or event hall listening to happy and sad refugee stories and running panel discussions will not address the root of refugee global displacement. It is a cheap, weak and self centred approach that has satisfied personal or organisational goals which has not helped to effectively mitigate the escalating crisis of hyper militarization and abuse our communities face across the globe.  To quote an eX-detainee RISE member, Sharing refugee stories is a saviour complex strategy that bandages white structural discrimination against refugees in Australia. Discrimination, torture and abuse of refugees will not end by sharing happy and sad stories unless the system of abuse is dismantled.

In RISEs 2017 callout for a boycott of Refugee week, we mentioned the fact that the architects of one of the most brutal, xenophobic, white supremacist refugeepolicies in the world, Australias department of home affairs, are one of the participants in Refugee week celebrations and yes, they continue to do so in 2018 (, How could those partnering with the  Australi...


LIFE OF COMEDY ENDS IN HORROR TRAGEDY: The murder of Eurydice Dixon & the problem of violent men "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

MELBOURNE: The 'random' rape and murder of young comedian Eurydice Dixon has shocked an entire nation. But can such gruesome and heinous crimes be prevented from happening again? Gary Johnston reports. [READ MORE]


FixedIt: He didnt plead guilty to sex "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Ballarat Courier reported on a 19 year old man who pleaded guilty to multiple offences related to sexual abuse and rape of children.

One of his victims was only 13 years old, another was 14. These girls are children. They cannot legally give consent so anything that happened between them and an adult man is not sex it is sexual abuse or rape.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by...


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

12:05 Southern Cross - Albury will not run today due to maintenance requirements at SCS. Customers were advised to board the next departing service at 12:52 to Seymour and connect with replacement coaches to complete their journey. [13:04 19/06]


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

12:05 Southern Cross - Albury will be delayed by approximately 40 minutes on departure from SCS due to maintenance requirements. Customers are advised to board the next departing service at 12:52 to Seymour and connect with replacement coaches to complete their journey. [12:32 19/06]


Living in fear "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The outpouring of anger, fear and collective grief from women has been steady and predictable. So too has the steady and predictable stream of advice for women to keep safe, be vigilant and take responsibility for their safety. It is not the first time that police, and politicians, have offered this kind of advice. In 2015, after the killing of Melbourne teenager Masa Vukotic, Homicide squad chief Detective Inspector Mick Hughes said on national radio that particularly females [] shouldn't be alone in parks.


Ruth named midwife of the year "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BASS Coast Health (BCH) midwife Ruth Harvey has taken out the honour of being named 2018 Midwife of the Year by the Gippsland Australian College of Midwives.
Her win was announced at a surprise celebration held by staff, local doctors and BCH executive staff at BCHs quarterly obstetric educational forum.
Ms Harvey is well known from her 33 years at BCH as a midwife and during this time has provided exceptional care to birthing women at Wonthaggi Hospital.
Amidst the cake and congratulations, Ms Harvey was quietly proud of her achievement.
Being able to do what I do is rewarding anyway, but to receive this award on top of that is just such an honour, she said.
Each year the Gippsland campus of ACM presents three Midwife of the Year awards and scholarships.
Category one is awarded to a midwife nominated by their colleagues. The second category is awarded to a student midwife and the third is awarded to a midwife nominated by a client cared for by that midwife.
This year, a record number of nominations was received for Ms Harvey in the first category, serving as a tremendous indication of how highly regarded and appreciated Ms Harvey is by her peers.
This win follows last years Gippsland ACMs Student Midwife of the Year being awarded to another BCH midwife, Fran Warren, who has since become a permanent member of BCHs maternity team.

Professional recognition: from left, Bass Coast Health midwives Leonie Wolf, Fran Warren, Janet Luckett, Lauren Yann, Ruth Harvey and Linda Goltz celebrate Ms Harveys well deserved Midwife of the Year award.


Berrys Creek celebrates history "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MORE than 100 people made their way from all over Victoria to attend the Berrys Creek Avenue of Honour centenary celebration at the Berrys Creek Hall on Sunday.
The avenue turns 100 this Thursday, June 21, and was the first to be planted in the district.
The celebration was held to remember those brave young men and one nurse who served their country during World War One, with six not returning to Australian shores and one who died of illness while at camp in Victoria.
Alistair Dowling, president of the Berrys Creek Hall Committee, was MC for the day.  He introduced Vince Campisi who represented the Leongatha RSL, and recited The Ode and gave a history of RSLs.  He was followed by Dennis Belton, president of the Mirboo North RSL Sub-branch, who gave a brief history of World War One.
South Gippsland Shire Councillor Maxine Kiel, also a member of the Mirboo North RSL Sub-branch, read a remarkable poem about a young soldier who did not come home, leaving his mother grieving.
A brief history of the planting of the avenue was read by Sandra Rickards, a member of the Mirboo and District Historical Society who also read the names on a new sign that was unveiled by Les Hutchinson and Ian Rasmussen, both members of the hall committee.
This sign will be installed outside Berrys Creek Hall.
Reverend Geoff Pittaway from St Marys Anglican Church Mirboo North reflected on the seven young men who lost their lives and lay a wreath to remember them.
Faye Marshman, president of the Mirboo and District Historical Society, launched a booklet on The History of the Berrys Creek Avenue of Honour.  Copies are available from the society.
A new honour roll for inside the hall with gold scrolled headings and 42 names in gold leaf was constructed by local Damien Dawson with Kara Rickards from K.Signs finishing the masterpiece.  They both were called to reveal their work to everyone.
An old identity of the district, Ian Aberdeen, who attended from Kilmore, gave a history lesson.
A thank you went out to everyone who attended and had helped make the day successful, before an impressive afternoon tea was served by the ladies of the Berrys Creek Hall Committee.



Fiesta in the Boo "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ON Saturday night, 200 people braved the cold and filled the shire hall for a Fiesta in Mirboo North.
Guests were greeted with tequila, lemon and salt on arrival before the main doors were swung open at 6.30pm to the sounds of Trios Brisa Latina a traditional Mexican Mariachi Band.
The hall was filled with colour as 90m of bunting crisscrossed the room, and cacti and clouded fabric adorned the tables. As guests were seated, the Mariachi band roamed the room serenading at each table.
A Mexican feast prepared by local chef Jacican was served including corn chips, salsa, quesadillas, tacos and delicious churros.
When tummies were suitably filled, the Mariachi band was farewelled and Chasing August took to the stage and guests took to the dance floor.
Despite the cold weather outside, the dance floor was reminiscent of a tropical island nightclub with ponchos, moustaches, colourful skirts and flower headpieces as guests danced the night away.
The Boo Events team thank the many volunteers from the Mirboo North Football Netball Club who helped them to make the event possible, as well as Jennifer Morrison Flowers, Jacican, AMW Plants, The Mirboo North Hotel, Chasing August and Trios Brisa Latina for their respective contributions.
What will the girls bring to The Boo next year?

What a night: Stacey Harriage, Christina Stoertebecker and Jessie Holland put on a fantastic fiesta in Mirboo North on Saturday.


School pool revamped "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AT Wonthaggi Primary School, water safety is deeply valued.
Thats why the school community is putting in a massive effort to raise funds to refurbish its swimming pool.
The pool is well used and well loved, but the lining is 15 years old and in need of a revamp.
Concreting, tiling and other works will be completed. The school hopes the project will be done in time for its swimming program in term four.
So far, the pool has been drained and the damaged liner has been removed.
Although the school hasnt finalised quotes yet, it is anticipated the project will cost between $30,000 and $60,000.
To cover the cost, the school is holding a number of fundraisers over the year including a pie drive, a movie night at the Wonthaggi Arts Centre on July 30 and Mini Mudda on November 10, along with a number of Student Representative Council initiatives.
The school council, Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Parents and Friends Committee have been working in partnership to bring the pool project to fruition.
Principal Wendy Bradley said Wonthaggi Primary School was the second Victorian school to put in its own swimming pool in the 1920s, and the messages about water safety from almost 100 years ago remain the same today.
Educators at the time were driven to ensure students felt confident around the water, and teachers were proficient in swimming instruction.
Ms Bradley said 80 percent of the schools staff is qualified to run swimming lessons. The pool is used every day during term one by students from grades 1 to 6.
Prep students have their first lessons at the Wonthaggi YMCA. Ms Bradley said the benefit of having so many teachers able to take swimming lessons was Prep students feel more comfortable having some of their first swimming experiences in school with someone they are familiar with.
Theres plenty more exciting events to come this term, kicking off with the book fair last week.
The school is gearing up for its informal enrolment tours today (Tuesday, June 19).

Great project: Grade 6 school leaders Sienna and Zac, and assistant principal Vin Hally cant wait to see the pool works completed at Wonthaggi Primary School.


Music, dance create Annie magic "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

DANIEL Moldrich and Lisa Pellin have contributed time, blood and maybe even tears to help make Leongatha Lyric Theatres production of the hit broadway show Annie a huge success.
Daniel lives in Wonthaggi and works as a musical teacher, classroom teacher, accompanist and conductor.
He has been inspiring students at Newhaven College and in private practice for more than a decade.
His enthusiasm and knowledge as the musical director of Annie is second to none.
Leongatha Lyric Theatre is thrilled to have Dans skills on board with this production.
Lisa Pellin is a well known South Gippsland dance teacher who owns and operates her own dance studio, Lisa Pellin Dancers. She is the choreographer for the many chorus line scenes in Annie.
Lisa has taught dance in Leongatha for 25 years and is well respected in the community.
She has been involved with Lyric for many years and has choreographed shows such as Mary Poppins, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, 42nd Street and Pyjama Game.
It goes without saying Lisas contribution to the show is invaluable.
Annie opens on Friday, July 6 and finishes on July 21. With 13 performances in total, be sure not to miss out. Tickets are avaliable at or from Great Southern Saddlery shop in Leongatha or call 0490 525 482.

Instrumental pair: Daniel Moldrich and Lisa Pellin are key figures behind Leongatha Lyric Theatres production of Annie, as the musical director and choreographer respectively.


Teens thank SES for service "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WINTER Woolies Day was an opportunity for Leongatha Secondary College to thank emergency services recently.
The college community dressed in warm winter clothes and gave a gold coin donation to support emergency services.
Throughout the day, the Year 11 Business Management class ran fun stalls and events, including a coin toss stall where participants paid $2 to throw a coin and try and land it on chocolate.
There was also a bake sale and sausage sizzle for lunch.
State Emergency Service volunteers demonstrated how they pull apart a car by tearing off the roof and breaking windows, which attracted a crowd. Some students volunteer at the SES.

Grateful for support: from left, members of Leongatha State Emergency Service at Leongatha Secondary College recently were Val Bremner, Michael Grigglestone (student), Jade Rhoden (student) and Matt Saario.


Life becomes art through Garys lens "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WARRAGULS annual National Photographic Exhibition showcases some of the most stunning photos in the country.
Among the final exhibits chosen to hang at the recent 45th show were works by Korumburras Gary Beresford.
His eye for appealing compositions, interesting subject matter and technical expertise combined to earn him several merit awards from among a high quality field.
Mr Beresford received merits in the open monochrome category for his portrait of a female model, entitled Dignity, and his character filled piece The Swaggy, in the portrait/people section.
I love the textures in his beard and his hair. He looks like Gandalf from Lord of the Rings. Its one of my favourite shots, Mr Beresford said of The Swaggy, which also won best image at the 2017 Mirboo North Art Show.
The photo was taken in overcast conditions to take advantage of soft light and digitally manipulated to bring out the details in the subjects face.
Dignity was created at a photography club and Mr Beresford used the Rembrandt lighting technique of placing a triangle of light beneath the subjects eye.
I do love the master painters and spend a lot of time trying to emulate them. Photography is just another artistic medium, he said.
Another image he submitted to the Warragul show, First Light, was taken in the South Australian town of Clare while he and wife Glenda travelled around Australia for a year, looking after farms.
It shows sheep feeding in the early morning sunlight, against a smoke haze background created by the burning of crop stubble nearby.
Mr Beresford waited for a flock of pigeons, circling the scene, to fly into view before opening the shutter.
I spent that year photographing rural scenes which is still a bit of a passion of mine, he said.
Perhaps one of his most captivating images is a Korumburra sunrise, featuring a characteristic mist filled valley and solitary cow that encapsulate South Gippslands iconic natural beauty.
Mr Beresford knows the value of rising early to make the most of the unique morning light.
With most photography, if you are not finished photographing by eight oclock in the morning, then forget it, he said.
Composition, Mr Beresford believes, is key to quality landscape photography.
The old elements of foreground, middleground and background, and how they work with each other and how the light falls all build interest, he said.
While he does not profess to be a professional photographer, Mr Beresford has been taking photos on and off throughout his life, and has become more serious about his hobby in the past 10 years.
He won best colour image at the Leongatha Art and Photography Show in 2016 and best black and white in 2017.
Currently president of the Caulfield Photographic Society, he is also a member of South Gippsland Phot...


Teaching duo bound for Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

HAVING shaped the hearts and minds of young South Gippslanders, two teachers are leaving the region to share their passion for education with children from around the world in Indonesia.
Freya Carbone and her partner Joel Cahir teach at Tarwin Lower and Leongatha primary schools respectively, but come the end of this term, they will say farewell and move to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
They have secured a two year contract to teach at Jakarta Intercultural School, an international school educating children of 70 nationalities whose parents work in the hectic city in such fields as business and diplomacy.
All lessons are delivered in English and the school has around 400 students from Prep to Year 12.
Ms Carbone will teach English, maths, humanities, and social and emotional learning to Grade 1 students, while Mr Cahir will teach physical education to students in grades Prep to 6, all to a British curriculum.
It will be a challenge working in a different school and working with teachers from all different nationalities. They will bring all different skills with them and I will also bring my skills, and theres also the adventure of living in a different country, Ms Carbone said.
Ive never lived anywhere but Australia so this will be quite a change.
Mr Cahir said, We are both looking forward to something a little bit different from what we know and a little bit out of our comfort zones.
It will be a big school with a lot more staff.
While Ms Carbone has previously been to the Indonesian island of Bali, this will be her first time in Jakarta a bustling city of more than 10 million people in the centre and 30 million in the surrounding area.
Ive heard it is very busy compared to very little Tarwin, she said.
Mr Cahir has travelled to 25 countries but never been to Jakarta.
Travelling for two weeks or a month is completely different to settling down into a country for two years, he said.
The school will arrange housing and while she does not speak Indonesian, Ms Carbone has been learning basic phrases during Indonesian classes at Tarwin Lower Primary School.
The couple secured their roles through a teaching agency after desiring to combine their passions for education and travel.
They will not only leave their schools but also Tarwin Lower Football Netball Club, where they run the NetSetGO netball program for children, Ms Carbone plays netball and Mr Cahir plays football. Ms Carbone hopes to find a netball team in Jakarta to maintain her skills.
Ive loved it here at Tarwin Lower. The chindren are fantastic, there are great teachers to work with and its been a lovely community, she said.
It will be sad to leave but the plan is that I will be back.
Both teachers have taken leave from their schools and will return after their foreign exper...


Cancer care starts at Wonthaggi "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BASS Coast Healths (BCH) Wonthaggi Hospital recently started its journey in delivering specialist cancer services for the Bass Coast region.
The first patient attended consulting services with BCHs new oncologist Dr Mahesh Iddawela.
The highly experienced oncologist has worked in rural, regional and metropolitan services. He is a researcher at Monash University involved in both local and international research groups to further improve cancer treatments and outcomes.
Based in Melbourne and Traralgon, Dr Iddawelas close links with other hospitals will provide enhanced coordinated care for patients, and the BCH service will aim to facilitate local treatment to reduce the burden of travel where possible.
The service is timely, given cancer rates are increasing in Wonthaggi and Phillip Island, he said.
This will mean people within Bass Coast will travel less and be able to have investigations, and eventually treatments closer to their home.
Dr Iddawela expressed his excitement to have joined Bass Coast to support the development of cancer services, saying, These consultations are an exciting starting point for developing BCHs comprehensive cancer service for the area.
Consultations for Dr Iddawela are available at Wonthaggi Hospital every second Tuesday morning and BCHs Phillip Island Health Hub every second Tuesday afternoon.
Consultations will increase as demand increases. Referrals from the patients local GP is required and should be faxed to 5671 3319. Appointments can be made by phoning 5671 3353.

Local help: oncologist Dr Mahesh Iddawela consults with Brenda Rosser, his first patient at Bass Coast Health.


Tech school offers opportunities "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE newly opened Gippsland Technical School could hold learning opportunities for students from South Gippsland and the Bass Coast in the future.
The new school includes a high-tech skills laboratory, a fabrication room and a maker space for students to get hands on experience using high tech science, engineering, technology and mathematics equipment.
The school is located at Federation Training in Morwell and is based around eight partner school networks, all from the Latrobe Valley.
Gippsland Technical School director Paul Boys said the school is currently focused on the Latrobe Valley, however is also working with the South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network to incorporate opportunities for local students.
We are working with the Gippsland East LLEN as well. The school could hold a number of activities throughout the year to involve students from South Gippsland and Bass Coast, he said.
We are looking at setting up some challenge weeks, to give two or three students from wider Gippsland a chance to spend a few days with us, a couple of times throughout the year.
Mr Boys said in the future, the school could look to incorporate further opportunities for South Gippsland students.
South Gippsland Bass Coast LLEN executive officer Wendy Major said they are looking to work with the school to create opportunities for local young people.
She said the networks ultimate goal is to keep students connected to learning and excited about their schooling.
A partnership with the Gippsland Technical School would be part of that strategy from our point of view, she said.
We already have a number of projects through our partnership with the South Gippsland Trade Skills Alliance, so we are hoping a partnership with the technical school will complement that work.
Ms Major said it is exciting to see so many TAFE pathways being offered to students for no cost.
A lot of students who dont see themselves taking a university pathway, could see themselves able to achieve qualifications through the TAFE system, she said.
To not have to worry about financial burden, takes away a barrier to further their learning.
The schools high-tech hands on programs will be offered for free to more than 5000 students from the eight partner schools.
The applied STEM skills align with the work of local industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth in the area.
Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said the new school is a true community achievement that will focus on cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.
Its direct links to Gippsland industry will drive employment pathways for people from all over our region and this is a huge vote of confidence in our future, she said.



Medical alert "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE health and safety of communities of Mirboo North and Foster are being put at risk by only one paramedic working per shift in the towns, said the paramedics union, the Ambulance Employees Association of Victoria.
State secretary Steve McGhie said while paramedics in Mirboo North and Foster can be backed up by volunteer ambulance community officers, and while their services are appreciated, those officers were not trained paramedics.
It is essential these days there are two paramedics per shift, he said.
It is also a safety issue with the aggression and violence shown towards paramedics these days.
If no community officers are available, another paramedic crew will be called from a neighbouring town such as Yarram in the case of Foster thereby leaving the second community without a paramedic in town.
It can also be quite a considerable distance and time before that other unit arrives, Mr McGhie said.
If the patients condition worsens, you need two paramedics working together to provide the optimal care, but if a paramedic is working alone, you do not always get the best patient outcome.
The union is seeking 110 extra paramedics to boost staffing at each of the 51 stations in Victoria where paramedics work alone.
It comes down to dollars and cents in the end but its essential we get more paramedics, Mr McGhie said.
Bigger communities like Leongatha and Wonthaggi have two paramedics on their ambulances. You get smaller towns like Yarram and Foster and they only have one. I cant see how its fair for these communities to have only one paramedic.
Ambulance Victoria regional director Simon Jemmett said paramedics at lower workload branches such as Mirboo North, Foster and Yarram were assisted by ambulance community officers (ACOs) and respond as a two person crew.
ACOs undergo formal and continuous training to ensure the communities they serve receive a high level of clinical care, he said.
This paramedic-ACO crew response is also called single officer crewing and is based on workload and demand. These arrangements are continually reviewed as this changes over time.
We also run many single responder paramedics including MICA single responders and other senior staff. It is standard practice for single paramedics to be backed up by other paramedics and this model has proven safe and effective.
Mr Jemmett said initiatives have been implemented across all regions, including Gippsland, that have led to improved response performance.
These initiatives include changes to the ambulance dispatch model and increased funding from the Victorian Government to implement upgrades and new teams, he said.
Ambulance Victoria prioritises the safety of our paramedics. We have introduced a range of initiatives in the past few years to ensure our staff have improved equipmen...


Long Jetty rounds the corner "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Long Jetty at Port Welshpool is on track to be completed in March 2019.
South Gippsland Shire Council said the jetty rehabilitation project is progressing well, within budget and on schedule.
Structural work has reached the unique curved section of the jetty, posing a challenge for the surveyor and construction process in setting out the radius. Fortunately modern technology has made it easier. The slipway area and shed are within reach.
Extra features have been added including the construction of an expanded head to the jetty and an extra area to the slipway deck.
Although these additions will push out the completion date to March 2019, they will improve deep water channel fishing access and jetty amenity. Further information signs will also be added if funding permits.
Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt was pleased the project is on track.
The Long Jetty Rehabilitation Project has been a major project for our community and it is fantastic to hear it should be delivered within budget, she said.
We cannot wait to see the finished product so everyone can enjoy the jetty again. This will be a great achievement for both Port Welshpool and the region.
Port Welshpool Working Group vice president Vern Suckling said the community was eagerly awaiting the reopening of the jetty.
It is a talking point around town, for sure, he said.
The working group has had a few preliminary discussions as to what we can do to celebrate the opening, but nothing has been finalised yet.
To stay up to date with works at the Long Jetty and to view the progress gallery, visit

On the way: the long awaited rehabilitation of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty is advancing, with members of the Port Welshpool Working Group, Brian and Alma Mattingley, and Vern and Cheryl Suckling, excited to see it taking shape.


A divided Liberal Party is a sign of the times "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Joe Montero

There is absolutely no doubt now, the Liberal Party is in crisis. It may not have reached the point where it is about to disappear from the political landscape, but its troubles are nevertheless serious.

The latest episode is the brawl at a party branch meeting at a Canberra caf. The violence has grabbed attention. More important is behind it is a battle for control of the branch, and this is just one small part of what is happening nationwide within the party.

We saw serious division at the parts National Conference, where resolutions were put forward and  passed, like the ones concerning the privatisation of the ABC and moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem, seriously embarrassed the Turnbull government and propelled it into damage control.

Delegates at the National Conference vote to privatise the ABC

In Victoria, the radicals have taken over the administration, on the heels of capturing the leadership of the Young Liberals. This has angered and forced the traditional conservatives into counter action. This shift it taking various forms in other states.

The government itself has long been riddled with division. The radicals, which includes deposed leader Tony Abbott, have long been circling like sharks, aiming to topple the conservatives.

In every aspect of the partys existence the fight is on and making its way even into preselections for parliamentary representatives.

There are several reasons why this division has festered and become more guarantee that Australia is a good place to do business, if you are big business, and they were supposed to ensure political stability.

Instead, we have an emerging economic crisis, where most people are left worse off and look towards being left even worse off in the future. The poor are getting poorer and the middle finds its social position and security under threat.

Even the big end of town is not happy and demanding...


Call for change at Eurydice memorial vigil "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Crowds gather for the Reclaim Princess Park Vigil in Melbourne, Monday, June 18, 2018. The vigil is being held on wake of the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon on Tuesday 14th June in Princes Park. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

MELBOURNE, AAP Thousands gathered to remember comedian Eurydice Dixon on the Melbourne field where she was found after being raped and murdered, with hundreds of others across the nation joining them in solidarity.

A huge crowd, reportedly including up to 10,000 people, gathered at Princes Park on Monday night to pay tribute to the 22-year-old.

They spent a sombre 20 minutes in silence with the lights on the field switched off, illuminating candles that many had brought.

People could be heard sobbing during the quiet reflection, which was broken by a choir singing around a makeshift memorial, where flowers and other tributes have been building since Ms Dixons body was found at the site.

Expressing grief, celebrating Ms Dixons life and stressing the right women have to be safe anywhere and at any time was the focus of the Reclaim Princes Park vigil, one of its organisers Pia Cerveri said as the night began.

But Ms Cerveri said there will later be a greater push for changes to prevent such tragedies.

The time will come when we will regroup to work together to make positive change in our society and we ask that you join that movement later, she said.

Right now is not that time, for political demands.

At least 200 people gathered for a vigil in Sydneys Hyde Park, where the names of dozens of recent victims of gendered violence were read out, while more than 100 met in the rain on the lawns of Hobarts parliament house.

The vigils came five days after Ms Dixon was killed on her way home from a comedy show at the Highlander Bar in the CBD on Tuesday night.

Last week, Broadmeadows 19-year-old Jaymes Todd appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with her rape and murder.

Earlier on Monday, the makeshift memorial at Princes Park was graffitied with offensive markings, with Victoria Police investigating the vandalism.

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Eurydice Dixons rape and murder has moved Melbournians and Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed from Victoria

The brutal rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon has drawn thousands in Melbourne to a vigil at the murder scene. Others attended memorials in other places.

It has moved the whole of Australia.

The young and up and coming comedian was walking home from a gig at the Highland Bart in the CBD, when she was attacked, and her body left in a soccer pitch, at Princes Park in North Carlton, and later found by passers by. Nineteen-year old Jaymes Todd has been charged with the crime.

Along with the sadness, there has been an outpouring of anger. It has direction too. The determination to do something to foster respect for women has gripped the community. This has been building for some time, and the killing of Eurydice Dixon, has lifted it a bit higher.

As a lot of people have been saying, attacks like this are the worst and most graphic expression of the disregard for the equality of women deeply embedded in society. Too often this leads to the imposition of control through violence. Some progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go.

It is also about more than this. We live in a society where the concept of self is t distorted to the point, where we live in a jungle where each is too often over concerned with narrow self-interest. There is not enough space  for caring about each other.

This is a jungle, where those who prey on others wear the trappings of success.  The sense of community has been downgraded and positive human interactions are not valued highly enough. Respect for others has suffered and mental health issues are one of the outcomes.

To rebuild respect for others, and this includes between the sexes, we need to recapture a sense of community. There is a need to come to understand that we depend on each other to meet our own interests. We must to learn to appreciate that by looking out for others, we help ourselves.

By building empathy and shifting away from extreme individualism, the world is made safer for us all. In this context, we are not two sexes with different status, but equal human beings.

When thousands of people come together, take part in something bigger than themselves, and collectively stand to make a difference, we are on the road towards change. That this rises in the face of a tragedy is a good thing. We must also find ways to bring this into everyday life, at work, at home and in the streets.

Photo from the Herald Su...


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The best way to save the planet? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This amazing piece of information just came across my newsfeed, and it encapsulates everything I believe in and want to practice on the Fanny Farm.  There are great embedded videos in this, and it will take you some time to get through it, but its really worth the effort the Roots of Nature site is fantastic, and I will go through it once the building phase here is over.


The best way to save the planet? Stop listening to George Monbiot!

We cant and shouldnt try to calculate the value of living systems by only using reductionist science that is centuries behind explaining the true wonder of mother nature and her balanced systems.


In his last article and in the other regenerative agriculture and holistic management hate mail currently spewing from George Monbiot is an unrelenting desire to reduce our food production systems down to simple numbers. Numbers which conveniently support his idea of a vegan utopia.

This sort of mechanistic analysis only makes sense for de-natured food systems where all-natural processes have been knocked out and whats left is a lifeless medium in which a plant can put down roots. In our modern Frankenstein agriculture N + P + K = a food plant, which will survive if you exterminate all pests (also known as wildlife) with pesticides, all fungi (one of the most important organisms for carbon sequestration) with fungicides, and all weeds (also known as wildflowers) with herbicides.

George Monbiot Meat
This efficient yet highly vulnerable chemical agriculture system is what mostly produces the plant foods that George insists is all we should eat. A lot of the plants are also fed to our Frankenstein livestock fattened in sheds in horrible and unethical conditions. Im with George 100% that this practice is completely unacceptable and totally inefficient, but the WHOLE of this chain of production is utterly anti-nature, regardless if its animals or humans eating the product.

Lets not overlook that in any food production system especially those run by large profit-driven corporations like the companies who will be making those yummy fake meat...


In Search of Space "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between.

This book is a great addition to the library of nature writing that Australia has produced.

In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between. Some of the finest in the tradition here are probably authors of fiction rather than more conventional non-fiction nature writers, people like Richard Flannigan and Tim Winton, who develop landscape as characters in the way they develop the humans in their stories.

There are, of course, a growing number of authors from indigenous traditions who speak about and for Country. I love the quote from David Mowaljarlai, repeated by Tim Winton in Island Home, who sees the world as everything standing up alive. When Im high on a mountain looking out over country, my life force (Unggurr) flows out from inside my body and I fall open with happiness. Despite our shared love for land, their perspective is going to be different to an Anglo author. Whereas Country is peopled and storied for many Aboriginal and Islander people, us Australians of European linage often seek refuge in the blank space that wild spaces represent. We go into them to find adventure and challenge, solitude, recreation, perspective, spiritual guidance and, sometimes all these things. Our relationship is profoundly different because we must create something from what is essentially a blank canvas when it comes to culture. Trying to compare a book on nature writing by an Anglo man with an indigenous author in any meaningful way is beyond me in a short review so I wont try, beyond noting that all Australia is indigenous land, even those places that we have declared wild or wilderness, with the few exceptions of orphan country, land with no people left with connection to or responsibility for that place.



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Speeches at Free Julian Assange Rally - Sydney Town Hall - 17th June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

These speeches moved to a different address on you tube. We have located them again, for the moment. See article above this one for the transcript of John Pilger's excellent speech.
RALLIES ON TUESDAY 19 JUNE IN AUSTRALIA: Melbourne - outside the British Consulate 12-2PM (British Consulate General Melbourne, 17th Floor, 90 Collins St Melbourne). Will be attended by Julian's father, John Shipton and another young member of Julian's family and Shirley Shackleton. Brisbane - Vigil 4-6PM at the Ann Street Shrine of Remembrance opposite Central Station; Perth - 12PM-2PM at Forrest Chase.

The Socialist Equity Party should be applauded for having organised and recorded the June 17th protest speeches. We should not however forget that Julian Assange's work goes wider than worker protest. It goes to preventing globalist media, corporations and governments from taking away our rights as citizens of nations. The issues go to the nation itself and to the need for solidarity and communication between citizens, always, plus the recognition that Julian is one of us. This cause should be embraced by other forces as well as the Socialist Equity Party. Anyone who supports free speech, human and civil rights, and opposes war, should attend these protests and get others to attend with leaflets, posts to social media, and calls to talk-back radio etc.


Makeshift Eurydice memorial vandalised "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Firefighters clean graffiti painted at the memorial site of murdered Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dix-on at Princess Park in Melbourne, Monday, June 18, 2018. Photo AAP Image/Ellen Smith

MELBOURNE, AAP A makeshift memorial for murdered comedian Eurydice Dixon has been vandalised with offensive graffiti ahead of Mondays planned vigil.

Police say paint markings were found at the site of the memorial in Princes Park in Carlton during routine patrols about 3.50am on Monday.

A number of items were seized from the scene and the dog squad has been through the area, with the investigation ongoing.

Fire crews used high-pressure hoses to remove the offensive graffiti, painted next to the formal tributes in the park.

Vigil organiser, Megan Bridger-Darling was at a loss for words.

There is a level of anger in this city already. And for this to happen, on the day of her memorial, is absolutely galling, and insulting and deeply, deeply offensive, she told Nine Network.

Victorian senator Derryn Hinch said the vandalism was obscene on so many different levels.

Whoever did it, I hope they are found, identified, caught, charged and sent to jail. I really feel that, he told Seven Network.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said whoever did it is an idiot.

So much so, they will be bragging to their mates about it. Only morons behave like this. Responsibility needs to be taken and needs to be called out, she told the Seven Network.

It comes as thousands of men and women are due to hold vigils across the country in tribute to Ms Dixon, five days after the 22-year-olds body was discovered on Princes Park soccer field at Carlton North, prompting an outpouring of grief and anger about violence against women.

We all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe, the organisers of Monday nights Reclaim Princes Park vigil posted on Facebook.

Our bodies are not there for taking. It is not up to us to keep ourselves safe when we know its up to men to choose not to inflict violence upon us.

Vigils are expected in Melbour...


June 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1808 - Alexander Wilson (alias Charles Boyle) was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of William Moad.

1808 - John MacNeal was hanged at Sydney for burglary and robbery upon his master, having stolen two half casks and two quarter casks of gunpowder from the house of Robert Campbell.

1808 - Mary Grady was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Charles Stuart at Parramatta.

1814 -  In a General Order, Governor Macquarie said he regreted the unhappy Conflicts between the natives of the Mountains and settlers at Bringelly, Airds and Appin, caused by the Aborigines helping themselves to the maize. He promised to punish anyone involved in hostilities on either side.

1827 James Stirling established a settlement at Raffles Bay.

1829 Official proclamation of the Swan River Colony.

1839 - Explorer Edward John Eyre shot through from Adelaide to explore the northern regions of SA.

1868 - An earthquake shook NSW. The quake was centred around the Hunter Valley town of Maitland. Minor damage to buildings only.

1868 - The first rowing race was held between Scotch College (originally known as the Melbourne Academy) and Church of England Grammar School on Yarra River, Melbourne, Vic

1872 - George Robert Nichols (The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.

1872 - Alfred Lester (alias Froude)(The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.

1883 - Wangabiddi was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Charles Redfern at Minni-Minni on the Gascoyne River.

1883 - Guerilla was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Anthony Cornish at Fitzroy River.

1881 The Art Gallery of South Australia was opened by Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence.

1901 - Victorian Parliament parked their posteriors for the first time at the Exhibition Buildings following the Commonwealth Parliaments use of Parliament House, Melbourne. State Parliament remained there until 1927.

1906 - Counting the Commonwealth
GH Knibbs was appointed head of the new Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. Some 4.5 million people were counted in the first census on 3 April 1911. Indigenous people were first included officially in the federal census in 1971 when the population was 12.8 million.

1915 - The first lock on the Murray River opened...or closed, depending on your view,  at Blanchetown, Vic.

1923 - The Temora - Roto Railway Line (NSW) was flung open from Griffith to Hillston.

1926 - T...

Sunday, 17 June


A major step forward has been made on the Korean issue "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed from Victoria

Never mind the headlines about the Trump-Kim meeting.  They reveal very little of what is really going on. Nor is the issue the photo shoots, which all too often are used to divert from what is important.

This is a deadly serious matter. Part of the trouble, is that after years of demonising North Korea on the one hand and presenting its leaders as buffoons on the other, the caricature gets in the way of the reality.

North Korea has been presented as being a threat to the world. They arent an economic threat.  The North Korean military does not exist outs its borders. Just how this so-called threat manifests itself, has never really been spelt out. Whether one approves of the internal politics or not is something else, and this should not distract from the need to secure the peace.

True, the North have some nuclear missiles that can be fired. It would be better if they didnt exist. But this too should be seen within its context.

As a colony, Koreans suffered a long period of brutality. The Korean War in the 1950s was horrendous. More bombs were dropped in the North than during the whole Second World War. Just about every family lost people. This is going to leave scars.

What has made it even worse in the long-run, is that the war was not conclusive and the stalemate has lasted up till now. This is for over half a century.  A continuous war footing has been in place. The South has been  heavily bankrolled by the United States and able ride the storm more easily than the North, which has paid a heavy price in terms of its economic and political development.

The United States has maintained a huge military presence south of the border. This has been met on the other side. Both have aimed nuclear weapons at each other.  It is not hard to see that to lower the tension, the years of militarisation must come to an end. This goal that has not been possible till now. Changing this, needs both sides to stand down. Given the history, this is not going to happen, unless both sides do it together.

North Korea has been calling for this for and joint denuclearisation for years.  It has been the  United states side that has till now refused to back away. This is a little fact that has been ignored by much of the  West and its media, which has opted for maintaining the pressure fr one side to stand down. North Korea happens to border China and Russia, and has therefore seen as strategically important.

Continuation of hostility over many years has fed the toxic atmosphere that has created the worlds most dangerous hot spot.

Recent developments have pulled the other way. Chief among them, is a greater willingness of both parts of Korea to move further along the road towards reconciliation. The resu...


July In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When you look outside this time of year the last thing you feel like doing is standing out in the cold, wet and windy weather, especially if you live in the cooler areas. Dont let this put you off. There is so much to do in the garden and a lot more to do in the garden shed. Get off the couch and put on the thermals, the beanie, a coat and your gumboots and warm yourself up with some winter garden love.

Of course, the following is just a rough guide, and many of you will find your situation varies from the above listing due to microclimates created in your garden, location in relation to your nearest major city, extremes of weather and garden type. But the one thing that remains the same for all zones and regions is this: improve your soil by adding organic matter, mulch and no matter the season, we can all garden more sustainably all year round.

Tool Time
Why not head out to the shed, and sharpen, clean, oil and maintain your garden tools. Sounds tedious, but its really rewarding, and will save you cash in the long run. Practicing tool hygiene will prevent the spread of disease.

Mulch your beds
Top up mulch on your veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds. Choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down. If in the southern states try to avoid Sugar Cane as it would have a high carbon footprint due to transport.

Green Manure
Green manure crops are good to go now improve that dormant veggie patch. In cooler to temperate areas you can use crops like like faba beans or field peas and for warmer areas try mung beans. Remember to chop and drop them before they flower.

Pruning & Weeding
Pruning and weeding is a great job to do at this time of year. Deciduous fruit trees love a big old haircut now, except your apricot!

Cool to Cold Areas

Low temperatures for extended periods of time (all of Tasmania, most of Victoria, the southern highlands of NSW, the ACT and a tiny southern bit of SA)

Its bare root season! Get your deciduous fruit trees in now, including apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines. Deciduous exotic trees can also be planted now.

Theres still a bit happening in the veggie patch, especially if you love your brassicas, you could try spinach, carrots, sweet peas, broad beans, coriander and peas.

Temperate Areas......

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