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Sunday, 18 November


NSW deputy premier John Barilaro covers up illegal asbestos dump "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

So many sayings can be applied, like;

  • What's good for the goose is good for the gander,
  •  No one is above the law,
  •  Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

You may as well throw all those sayings under a bus when it comes to the authorities, especially in Australia.

Some people (meaning a minority) should know that the 'authorities' have not been all that honourable since they took possession of this continent way back on the 28th of April 1770.

In fact they've been misbehaving so much that the imperial government had enough of the lawlessness of the 'authorities' that it installed the Colonial Laws Validity Act in 1865.

Not much has changed since then, apart from the serfs now communicating via Apple and Google powered devices, instead of whispering into each others ears as the 'guvna' strolls past, where corruption, cronyism and cover-ups are all part and parcel of a normal business day.

An article in the public news media by the ABC, shed some light to the illegal asbestos dumping by the Cooma-Monaro Shire.

What was not mentioned is always interesting, where the local MP John Barilaro happens to be the deputy premier of the state of New South Wales, where he was part of the cover-up as the Mayor and councillors at the time were national party aligned.

"John Barilaro is part of the protection racket that exists across NSW that allows all councils to act with absolute impunity", as quoted by one source.



Monster Rotary market "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Melbourne Cup weekend was huge for Ocean Grove Rotarians with a monster market and a well-supported art show at Point Lonsdale.

Art show committee chair John Calnin was pleased with the result.

We have been running the art show for eight years now and each year have been able to give a healthy amount to our main charities, Riding Develops Abilities and the Disabled Surfers Association, he said.

Best Overall Work of Art in Show was regular participant Jill Shalless who took home $2500 for her work Foliage Tapestry.

Winners were:

Best Overall Work of Art in Show (Rotary sponsored) $2500, Jill Shalless Foliage Tapestry

Print Making/Drawing First Prize (Collendina Caravan Park) $1000, Meagan Penna Friendly Greeting

Print Making/Drawing Second Prize (Collendina Caravan Park) $500, Lynette Palmer Giraffe

Painting First Prize (Wynndean Holiday Resort) $1000, Dennis Sonogan At anchor at the Jetty

Painting Second Prize (anonymous) $500, Do Noble Dual Melody

Australian Flora & Fauna First Prize (anonymous) $1000, Margaret Muffett Eucalyptus Caesia

Australian Flora & Fauna Second Prize (Bellarine Podiatry) $500, Judy Cohn Red Tailed Cockatoo

Contemporary Art First Prize (anonymous) $1000, Jude Elmer Blue Lagoon

Contemporary Art Second Prize (Kings Funerals) $500, Sue Woolnough Overland Track

Peoples Choice as voted by the public (Lifestyle Ocean Grove) $1000, Glenn Hoyle A Bag of Apples

Encouragement Awards(Lifestyle Ocean Grove) $125 each, Colleen Beveridge Wolf, Richard Jones Alcoa, Pip Williams Spinning Gum & Banksia, Yvonne Preusker Lonely.


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Local crew runners-up "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A local surf boat crew claimed second spot at the Life Saving Victoria Surf Boat carnival at Ocean Grove SLSC on Sunday 11 November.

The composite Under 23 Ocean Grove SLSC/13th Beach SLSC womens crew was led by Ocean Grove SLSC surf boat captain and sweep Paul Scherf.

Ocean Groves/13th Beach crew consisted of Felicity Fulcher, Sam Webster, Grace Davey and Madi Wilding.

In the best of three races St Kilda (30 points) won all races and grabbed top spot in the Under 23 female competition.

Ocean Grove/13th Beach (27 points) finished second and Mordialloc (24 points) came third.

Scherf said with an early start to season the local crew improved in each race.

We got better as the day went along, Scherf told the Voice.

It was the girls first carnival they were up against some good crews.

We are a composite crew between two clubs.

This is a Life Saving Victoria carnival (at Ocean Grove) and it is open to all clubs in the state.

It is very early in the season, so with the underage crews in the Under 19s and Under 23s it is a bit hard because (some were) finishing up exams or starting up exams at the time of the LSV Ocean Grove VSRL event.

SCHERF was hopeful Ocean Grove/13th Beach would field more crews at the next Victorian Surfboat Rowers League (VSRL) competition at Lorne on 2 December, including a mens crew.

He said attracting more males into surf boats in the Ocean Grove region is a focus.

The November LSV event at Ocean Grove was the first surf boats carnival for the VSRL 2018/19 season.

Clubs including Lorne, Torquay, Port Fairy, Port Campbell, Fairhaven and Portsea and Melbourne-based bayside crews St Kilda and Mordialloc competed in mens and womens competitions at Ocean Grove main beach this month.

We would like to attract more males, he said.

It is great fitness and great camaraderie. 

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Cash for creativity "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Local author Alan Cobham is celebrating the release of his new book Whats the Point? by inviting Voice readers to get creative.

Alan is encouraging readers to submit short stories and is offering a $200 cash prize to the winner as an incentive.

Alans purpose in writing Whats the point? was to entice readers to have a go at training your imagination.

Pieces are sourced from recollections of early childhood, working life through to the challenges of later life.

Voice readers can send their short stories, which should be based around a nickname theme to

The winning entry, which will be judged by an independent panel, will be presented with $200 cash at Bookgrove in Ocean Grove early in the New Year.

Stories should be strictly between 200 and 500 words in length and must be centred on a nickname theme.

Cut-off date for entries is 5pm Friday 7 December.


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Man of many talents "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Marty Jackson is a man of many sporting talents.

He was a gun gridiron player before suffering a serious leg injury while playing and doctors told him he would never walk again.

But walk he did and four years after taking up athletics, Jackson won a Commonwealth Games silver medal after his second placing in the F38 shot put earlier this year.

He is now an Australian para ice hockey representative.

The Ocean Grove arborist has just returned home after competing in the World Para Ice Hockey World Championships in Vierumaki, Finland.

The Aussie Ice Roos lost both their pool games a 6-1 loss to the host nation and a hefty 40-nil loss to China.

Competing in Finland was an incredible experience, Jackson told the Voice.

We were staying at the Finland Institute of Sport and Olympic training centre. It was a live, eat and breathe ice hockey trip.

To be able to compete where ice hockey is loved by all was just something else.

Jackson will now turn his attention back to the shot put.

Im fortunate that the major competitions of each sport fall on alternate years, he said.

While we were beaten convincingly by both teams, this trip for the Ice Roos was about finding out where we sit in the scheme of thing, learning as much as we could and legitimising the sport for Australia, so that we could return and build our program.

The Ice Roos were initially going to make their international debut in 2020, but threw themselves into the deep end early.

The 6-1 scoreline from our first game against Finland probably doesnt reflect how well we played for first timers, with the Fins commenting that they werent expecting us to make it that tough for them, he said.

China are another story. They have been on the Ice together up to three times a day, seven days a week as a unit, since their formation. They were just too fast for us. We now know what we need to work on and were we need to be come out next chance to compete at the World Para Ice Hockey Championships C-Pool in 2020.

Jackson said he was pleased with his contribution to the team.

I learned so much from our time there, and it has certainly given me the insight into where I need to be skill wise come next Aus team selection, he said.


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Scouts in Christmas spirit "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Scout Group is full steam ahead for its annual Christmas tree sale on Saturday 1 and Sunday 8 December at Ocean Grove Park.

This year they will also be selling trees from the Bunnings carpark in Leopold on Saturday 1, Sunday 2, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December.

The big Christmas tree sale is the groups major fundraiser for the year, enabling them to provide their Joey, Cub and Scout youth members with a variety of fun, exciting and challenging activities throughout the year.

Preparations are well underway, with Christmas trees already ordered and the Joey, Cub and Scout youth members getting ready to decorate the promotional signs for displaying around the Ocean Grove Park and surrounds.

Christmas tree prices start at $55 (up to 6ft tree) and then increase in price by $5 per foot. There are several options for purchasing your tree:

Come along to the Ocean Grove Park or Bunnings in Leopold, select your tree and take it home with you

Personally select your tree at the Ocean Grove Park and have it delivered (for a small fee) by one of the friendly Scout Group helpers

Order your tree online at for either pick up or delivery on any of the sales days (check the delivery zone prices on the website)

Christmas tree stands in various sizes are also available for purchase, starting at $25.

Ocean Grove Scout Group also offers a pick-up service after Christmas to recycle your tree simply register for the pick-up service (either at the park/Bunnings or online) and then leave your tree out for collection on Saturday 5 January 2019. A flat fee of $10 covers pick up and recycling of your tree in all zones.

For those coming to select their tree from the Ocean Grove Park, it is rumoured that Santa Claus will be making a special appearance at 11.30am on each of the days. There will also be fun activities for the kids so come along and enjoy the festivities.

Order online at


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Final forum "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

State election candidates for the seat of Bellarine completed a series of public forums in Ocean Grove last week.

The forums, organised by the combined Bellarine community associations, allowed candidates to answer questions from members of the public in a public setting.

Forums were held at Point Lonsdale, Portarlington and Ocean Grove.

The Ocean Grove forum was attended by around 90 residents.

Forum facilitator Phil Edwards said around half of those were from Ocean Grove, one quarter from Barwon Heads with the rest from elsewhere on the peninsula.

Four of the five candidates Lisa Neville (Labor), Brian McKiterick (Liberal), Rachel Semmes (Greens) and Naomi Adams (Animal Justice) attended with Victorian Socialists Jackie Kriz an apology.

We extended the session for an extra 15 minutes because we had lots of questions and the candidates were kind enough to agree to that, Mr Edwards said.

We had 16 questions and they ranged from late termination of abortion, treatment of the CFA, duck shooting, Drysdale bypass, climate change, control of development, cyclists and safety, container deposits and recycling, education, mental health services, reconciliation, truck traffic through Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads and the Grubb Rd/Tuckfield Rd upgrade and the Bellarine link.

Mr Edwards said the forum was generally well received by the public.

We had a really wide canvass of questions, he said.

Overall it was good. And it was the last in a series of forums that were coordinated by the combined Bellarine community associations and I think it provided candidates and residents across the Bellarine with a good opportunity to exchange views.

Collectively we were happy that we worked together and delivered the opportunity for residents.


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Grove prevails in bridge battle "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Section 2 Mens won its tennis Battle of the Bridge contest against Barwon Heads at home on Saturday.

Ocean Grove won 6 sets to Barwon Heads 0 sets and 37 games to 16 games.

The Grove quartet of John Hines, Sean Cronwright, Sam Hines and Sabastian Bouma all won their doubles matches.  

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160-run stand rescues Grove "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Star batting pair Paul Jubber and Matt Caulfield helped Ocean Grove into a commanding position at stumps against Drysdale on Saturday.

Playing coach Paul Jubber (113) scored his third hundred for the Grubbers, while new recruit Caulfield belted four sixes and nine boundaries in his innings of 95.

Ocean Grove was all out for 264 from 71.1 overs on day one of the round six two-day clash.

Drysdale seized control of the match early on its home deck to have Ocean Grove in deep trouble at 5/71.

It was carnage at one stage the visitors were reeling at 4/36 with its top order of Huon Bertino (3), Mick Thornton (4), Andre Scholtz (9) Michael Kenneady (0) all out in quick succession.

Jubber who hit 16 boundaries and one six, then combined in a 160-run fifth wicket partnership with Caulfield.

Jubber conceded the Grubbers had a fight on their hands to resurrect their innings after a poor start.

Our backs were against the wall and he (Caulfield) was very determined and was up for the contest so really pleased for him to make an impact as he has with both bat and ball, Jubber told the Voice.

I think Matt and I sort of put the game back on our terms.

Jubber praised the Drysdale bowlers including new ball opener Blake Robinson, who took 3/46 from 17 overs.

Drysdale bowled really well early and they capitalised and took their opportunities and then they missed a few catches that probably cost them dearly,

They played pretty well early doors.

Blake (Robinson) hits the pitch pretty hard, swings the ball late, he bowls pretty straight he was their best bowler.

Drysdale Cricket Club coach Shane Cutajar said it was a tough way to end the day after the bottom-placed Hawks struck with four early wickets for the second time in three weeks.

It is two (games) in a row we have taken four really early vital wickets against two really good batting sides, Cutajar said.

Unfortunately for us we feel we were on the end of two really stiff LBW decisions one of the guys goes onto make a hundred and one guy goes onto make 95.

Hawk bowler Troy Jones (3/61) also finished with a three-wicket haul from his 19 overs, while Luke Malcolm (2/58) picked up two scalps.

The Hawks require 265 for victory this Saturday.

OCEAN Grove A1 suffered its first loss of the season on 11 November going down to reigning A Grade premier Anglesea at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval.

The Grubbers are still at the top of the A1 ladder with a 4-1 record after five rounds.


LINDON Giuffrida cashed in with the bat...


Walter steps up in Lambs absence "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A five-wicket haul from Collendina A1 captain Nathan Walter has given the Cobras a shot at victory against Anglesea in their two-day clash at Ellimatta Reserve.

Walter finished with the figures of 5/91 from 20 overs and removed dangerous Kangaroo openers Ned Cooper (54) and Stephen Jacimovic (1) and gun middle order batsman Tyron Norman (35).

Anglesea was all out for 220 from 74.2 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Cooper has scored three half centuries for Anglesea this season with scores of 62, 58 and 54.

Walter was forced to shoulder more bowling in the absence of Charlie Lamb (unavailable) after Lamb bowled a marathon stint of 33 overs a week earlier in the clubs A1 two-day match against Drysdale on 11 November.

Walter said it was a positive to bowl out last seasons reigning A Grade premiers inside 75 overs without Lamb.

The Cobras went into the match opting to play an extra batsman with Matt Davies coming into the side.

We knew at the start of the day we were short of a bowler and we knew we going to be up against it, Walter told the Voice.

We were pretty happy with Anglesea getting 220 it is probably par on their ground without our massive strike bowler.

Walter was well supported by experienced bowler Jye Hearps (2/48) who bowled 17 overs.

Cobra youngster Craig Goodger finished with the economical figures of 2/34 from 17.2 overs and six maidens.

It was the first time Goodger had bowled more than 10 overs in an A1 match.

Craig Goodger bowled from the tea break on and he bowled unbelievable, Walter said.

He bowled really well, he was fantastic.

Dwaine Lancaster opened the bowling and finished with 1/18 from 11 overs.

Cobra vice-captain Ben Ricardo took three catches, while Max Sutton claimed two catches after returning to A1 wicket-keeping duties.

Walter is confident of a strong performance with the bat this Saturday with a batting line up which boasts Ricardo, Sutton and Lancaster as a lower order batsman after scores of 45 not out in A1 against Drysdale and 41 not out in their sides T20 clash against Queenscliff last week.

I have got faith in our team and I will back us in for sure, Walter said.

The Cobras (15 points) sit in fourth position with Anglesea (15 points) in fifth spot on percentage.

Collendina lost to Anglesea in their Round 1 one-day clash at the Snake Pit on 6 October.


COLLEDNINA B1 recovered from a middle order collapse to post a competitive total of 9/179 from 75 overs against Anglesea.



Rock solid appointment "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Football Netball Club has appointed Grubber 2003 BFL premiership player Liam Rock as its new director of football.

Rock, 33, who retired at the end of the 2017 season after 180 senior games, won the best on ground medal at the 2003 BFL grand final against Geelong Amateur as an 18-year-old.

The 2003 grand final was the scene of Ocean Groves last senior premiership.

Rock, a former Ocean Grove captain, said after a season out of the game he was feeling refreshed to to be involved in a non-playing capacity with the Grubbers.

The club approached me about two weeks ago and it was all finalised last week, Rock told the Voice.

I have had a year out of footy after I retired so it is about giving back and helping the club achieve success again.

He said there was an emphasis on retaining its core playing group from 2018 after the departure of trio Andrew Jarvis, Jahd Anderson and Matt Caldow to GFL club South Barwon for 2019.

I am going through and signing up the current players from last season, he said.

OGFNC director of administration and club secretary, John Wilkins, has welcomed Rocks appointment.

From a club point of view, we are very happy to have him signed up and he has hit the ground running and he is getting around to all the players so he will be a real asset to the club, Wilkins said.

In September, Ocean Grove Football Netball Club appointed Jordan Jones as its new playing coach.

Rock, a father of two, lives locally and works as a local property consultant with Fletchers Real Estate.

IN other developments, the Grubbers have revealed it is closer to finding a new president after no replacement was made for the outgoing Tony Potter at last months club AGM.

MEANTIME local Anna McNeil fills the position as director of communications, a role left vacant after the Grubbers AGM.  

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Tis the season "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Capital City quality Carols in Ocean Grove is made possible this year with the Geelong Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Hayden Dinse and featuring the Geelong Harmony Chorus.

Gates will open this year at 5pm to allow for families to grab a snag from the sausage sizzle or a delicious pancake, which were a huge hit last year.

Get ready to see our primary schools performing on stage. There will be all the carols you love, sung by leading local artists and special performances that will surprise and delight with the regions popular radio personality Mark Hyland as master of ceremonies.

Thanks to the support of Ocean Grove Connected Communities, safe LED candles will again be available at each of the entry gates.

Locals are also invited to bring an unwrapped gift to put under the giant Christmas tree, which will be distributed to needy children by Cottage by the Sea.

The much-loved Carols in the Park continues to be the largest community gathering of the year, with more than 3000 people attending last years event.

Mark your calendars and diaries for 7pm Sunday 9 December at Ocean Grove Park. For more information, visit or the carols Facebook site.

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Carcass buried "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A whale carcass that washed ashore at Collendina was buried by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) officers.

The carcass was discovered last Thursday morning and kept surfers and swimmers out of the water at 5W due to increased risk of shark activity.

DELWP said burial of the whale is an environmentally friendly option that allows the whale to naturally decompose.

The humpback whale was in an advanced state of decomposition when found.

The preferred method for disposal of a whale of this size is to bury it above the high tide line at the base of the sand dune, DELWP Regional Agency Commander Aimee Haywood said.

The whale will naturally decompose and pose little risk of attracting sharks to the area.

We are currently working with the City of Greater Geelong, Victorian Fisheries Authority and Traditional Owner groups to reduce risks to public safety and ensure the operation has a limited impact on the environment.

An advice message remained in place over the weekend for people not to swim in the area due to heightened risk of sharks.

Surfing Victoria and Surfing Australia postponed the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp on the weekend due to the whale carcass.

The event that was scheduled to run at Ocean Grove Main Beach and is part of the national series and was expecting over 80 junior competitors from across Victoria.

The safety of competitors at our events is our first priority, Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson said.

Whale remains are protected by law and must not be interfered with by members of the public.

For up to date advice and warnings see

Any sightings of whales in distress should be reported to the whale and dolphin emergency hotline on 1300 136 017.


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Supporting Good People Lets Start With Dr Russell Pridgeon "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

If you live in Victoria, Australia, you will have seen all the election advertising on television for the upcoming State election.

I have used their format to expose the insanity and corruption that some people have endured. They were helping children that had been sexually abused their voices ignored and rejected by the courts. (Its a 38 second video.)

Go Fund Campaign.


A bit on mortgage stress (podcast) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


A Sunday podcast for the weekend, where we discuss mortgage stress and property market meltdowns, among other things. 

Tune in here (or click the image below). 

There's always a crisis just around the corner.


This week I'll be down in Melbourne, where I'll also be back on the Property Couch with the fellas down there. 

And then the following week I'll be in Sydney to appear live on the all-new Your Money TV show, as well as to appear at the Devils and Detail Live and Unplugged event at The Ivy.

Check out the line-up of


Latest News - Victoria Police News: SCUBA diver drowns at Torquay "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner after a man drowned at Torquay this morning (18 November).

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Saturday, 17 November


Australia: Sharia manual preaching jihad warfare and hostage taking found in airport prayer room "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

What could possibly go wrong? Its a religion of peace! It could certainly radicalise someone: Muslim imam discovers Sharia law book preaching jihad and hostage taking in Melbourne airport Islamic prayer room, by Stephen Johnson, Daily Mail Australia, November 15, 2018: A Muslim imam has discovered a Sharia law book advocating jihad and hostage taking []


Geelong Line Notification: Service change "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

18/11/18 00:10 Southern Cross - Geelong train will not run. Customers are asked to travel per the 01:15 SCS to Geelong 

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Geelong Line Notification: Service change "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

21:36 Geelong - Southern Cross train will not run. Customers are asked to travel per the 22:16 Geelong to SCS 

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Today #ExtinctionRebellion! #London calling "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

London, UK: Thousands of concerned citizens will today block Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges to raise the alarm on the climate and ecological crisis.

Originally published by Extinction Rebellion.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

  • Thousands of concerned citizens will today block Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges to raise the alarm on the climate and ecological crisis
  • An Extinction Assembly will feature six voices from six nations affected by climate breakdown including Raki Ap of Free West Papua Campaign, Rumana Hashem of Phulbari Solidarity Group (Bangladesh) as well as representatives from Ecuador, Kenya, Ghana and Mongolia
  • Speakers and musicians include the representative for Island States in the UN Farhana Yamin, Green Party politician Jenny Jones, academic and politician Rupert Read, Molly Scott Cato MEP, the One World Choir, female-fronted funk band Psychedelephant, Georgina Duncan, Greg Sanders Ensemble jazz band, reggae music from Pedro and the Simple Revolution, poet and singer Pete the Temp and musician Katherine Abbott, Hapi and the Lost Species, plus Tina Louise Rothery from the anti-fracking Lancashire Nanas
  • Protests planned around UK include from Cambridge and Glasgow to Sheffield and Totnes, plus large and small symbolic actions around the world in Washington DC and New York (US), Vancouver and Toronto (Canada), Cork, Galway and Dublin in Ireland, Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden plus Melbourne, Australia. 

Rebellion Day is here. We will take the London bridges, before we all fall down. 

Rebellion D...


Geelong Line Notification: Service change "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

20:30 Southern Cross - Geelong will not run. Customers are asked to travel per the 21:10 SCS to Geelong 

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Reporting on Extinction Rebellion in London 17th November "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I will be in London on Saturday Nov 17th to film the Extinction Rebellion direct actions. The plans is to shut down London's 5 major bridges to force Government action on the climate. I will be reporting from one of these bridges.

  • Thousands of concerned citizens will today block Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges to raise the alarm on the climate and ecological crisis
  • An Extinction Assembly will feature six voices from six nations affected by climate breakdown including Raki Ap of Free West Papua Campaign, Rumana Hashem of Phulbari Solidarity Group (Bangladesh) as well as representatives from Ecuador, Kenya, Ghana and Mongolia
  • Speakers and musicians include the representative for Island States in the UN Farhana Yamin, Green Party politician Jenny Jones, academic and politician Rupert Read, Molly Scott Cato MEP, the One World Choir, female-fronted funk band Psychedelephant, Georgina Duncan, Greg Sanders Ensemble jazz band, reggae music from Pedro and the Simple Revolution, poet and singer Pete the Temp and musician Katherine Abbott, Hapi and the Lost Species, plus Tina Louise Rothery from the anti-fracking Lancashire Nanas
  • Protests planned around UK include from Cambridge and Glasgow to Sheffield and Totnes, plus large and small symbolic actions around the world in Washington DC and New York (US), Vancouver and Toronto (Canada), Cork, Galway and Dublin in Ireland, Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden plus Melbourne, Australia. 


IAEA sees Areas for Enhancement in Australias Nuclear and Radiation Safety "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

IAEA Mission Says Australia Committed to Strengthening Nuclear and Radiation Safety, Sees Areas for Enhancement, IAEA, 52/2018, Melbourne, Australia An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said Australia is committed to strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety. The team also noted areas for further enhancements, including implementation of the framework in a more consistent manner across the country.

The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team on 16 November concluded a 12-day mission to Australia. The mission was conducted at the request of the Government of Australia and hosted by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), the Commonwealth Government regulator. Under Australias federal system of government, ARPANSA regulates Commonwealth entities and other entities are regulated within the six states and two territories. The majority of licenced activities in Australia are carried out within states and territories. This was the third IRRS mission to Australia since 2007 and the first to include all nine jurisdictions.

..The IRRS team commended the hosts for inviting a comprehensive review involving all jurisdictions in Australia, adding that it was the first such IRRS mission. The team identified this as a good practice and a model that other federal countries may want to consider when planning for future IRRS missions. Regarding the national framework, the team noted ongoing activities to address consistency in the countrys radiation safety programmes, but said further efforts were warranted in several areas

The team provided recommendations and suggestions for further enhancements, including:

  • All relevant authorities should consider formalizing the existing elements of the framework for safety into a comprehensive national policy and strategy for safety.
  • The Commonwealth Government should make a firm commitment and take actions with specific milestones to address decommissioning of facilities and radioactive waste management.
  • The Governments of all jurisdictions should ensure that all parties responsible for the safety of facilities and regulatory activities have the necessary capabilities and human resources to carry out their responsibilities.
  • ARPANSA should establish criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of licensees emergency exercises and assign roles and responsibilities for its staff during emergency sit...


Victorian Labors policies on Aboriginal issues "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Labor supports the development of a treaty with our first nations people. Labor will: * resource and support the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission to develop a representative structure to negotiate the terms of a Treaty with Victoria; * support the representative structure to negotiate a treaty; * work with Aboriginal Victorians to determine a process that reports against a set of key indicators and monitors government efforts to improve outcomes across the Victorian Aboriginal Community: LAND RIGHTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE Labor acknowledges and supports traditional owners and their connection to land, culture and heritage. Labor will develop and lead a policy reform that provides self-determined land-based initiatives, aimed at providing economic development and employment opportunities and reaffirming the access and development rights of traditional...

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Friday, 16 November


Australia: Islamic center attended by several jihad murderers and plotters plans expansion "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Mohammed Omran and his cohorts know theyre untouchable. To investigate the mosque, even with its numerous unsavory ties, much less to stop its expansion, would be Islamophobic. Islamic centre connected to terror plots plans expansion, by Liam Mannix, Brisbane Times, November 15, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): An Islamic centre in Melbournes north []


Volunteers needed for run "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The regions newest community weekly run is seeking locals to help volunteer with the Ocean Grove parkrun.

The 5km Ocean Grove parkrun commences at 8am on Saturdays and meets at the Barwon Estuary Picnic area along Peers Crescent, which is adjacent to the Riverview Family Caravan Park.

The Ocean Grove parkrun course takes in the beautiful surrounds of the Barwon River with participants running two laps on a wide path with gravel and tarmac surfaces.

Ocean Grove parkrun celebrated its six-month anniversary in October and event co-director Graham Bignell said they were in need of more helpers for it to continue.

That is the bottom line if we dont get the volunteers we cant run it, Bignell said.

We have gone close to cancelling a couple of times you need a core set of volunteers.

The first Ocean Grove parkrun which launched in April this year attracted 247 participants.

Each week on average there are up to 70 participants per week which take part with volunteers ranging from five to 11.

The minimum team is five (volunteers) and that is without marshals on the end, he said.

Although it is better if something goes wrong you really need a marshal on the end of the course.

Seven volunteers is much better and also eight volunteers including a photographer.

Some other parkruns have their volunteer list full until the end of the year.

Bignell said the run was in need of more volunteers in December.

OCEAN Grove parkrun will take a five-week hiatus from late December and all of January due to peak summer holiday period and congestion flow around the Riverview Family Caravan Park precinct.

Bignell said the support of the Riverview Family Caravan Park helped when the Ocean Grove parkrun was launched.

They (Riverview) have been really helpful and we have talked to them, he said.

There is a couple of crossovers from the caravan park to river they have been supportive since the start.

We had a quite few people (participants) staying there on the launch date.

Ocean Groves final parkrun for 2018 is on 22 December before it resumes on 2 February in 2019.

Organisers have encouraged participants to visit nearby parkruns in the region during this time.

PARKRUN is worldwide with organised free weekly 5km timed runs taking place across Australia and around the globe.

In wider Geelong, they are weekly parkruns held on Saturday mornings at Eastern Gardens and also at Balyang Sanctuary in Geelong, Portarlington and Torquay.

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RocKwiz Revue is touring Australia now "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

In case you missed it, the RocKwiz team are hitting the road for a national tour. Hosts Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis will be joined by the RocKwiz Orchestra as they travel around Australian cities and regional areas. The team will be tackling venues in Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Bendigo, Fremantle and The Gold Coast. For more information, check out the video below.

Watch: RocKwiz Revue Is Back On The Road

RocKwiz Revue
2018 Australian Tour

NOV 16
Newcastle, Civic Theatre

NOV 17
Thirroul, Anitas Theatre

NOV 18
Thirroul, Anitas Theatre

NOV 19
Canberra, Canberra Theatre

NOV 20
Sydney, The Enmore Theatre

NOV 22 Adelaide,
Thebarton Theatre

NOV 23
Melbourne, Palais Theatre

NOV 24
Geelong, Costa Hall

NOV 25
Bendigo, Ulumbarra Theatre

NOV 30
Perth, Fremantle Prison

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Thursday, 15 November


Whale carcass at Collendina "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) officers are responding to a dead whale that washed up on the beach at Collendina.

Members of the public reported seeing a whale carcass in shallow water this morning.

DELWP Regional Agency Commander Aimee Haywood said: Early indications suggest it is a humpback whale in an advanced state of decomposition.

Specialist DELWP personnel are on-site to assess the situation.

Our primary concern for public safety is around an expected increase in shark activity in the area.

Sharks are attracted to any site where there are decomposing carcasses, which poses a safety risk for anyone entering the water.

We strongly advise members of the public to avoid swimming in the area.

As this beach is also a popular site for dog walking, were reminding owners to keep their dogs on-lead and under control at all times.

Signage will be in place to warn of the hazards in the area.

Whale remains are protected by law and must not be interfered with.

We ask any beach goers to please keep their distance as the carcass is badly deteriorated and may be emitting harmful pathogens and a strong smell.

Water quality impacts due to the whales decomposition are unlikely.

An exclusion zone will be established around the carcass as wildlife officers determine if it is able to be moved.

For up to date advice and warnings please visit

Any sightings of whales in distress should be reported to the whale and dolphin emergency hotline on 1300 136 017.  

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Click go the shears "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Four Ocean Grove Primary School students took part in the Worlds Greatest Shave to raise money for blood cancer.

Assisted by Park Lane Mens Hairdressing, Tyrone Brache, Miller Keck, Brodie Styles and Thomas Staehr let the clippers take control and have raised around $3000.

Cheered on by the entire school, the boys came through it with bare heads.

Someone even threw in an extra $50 is Thomas dad Clinton had his head shaved, which he duly obliged.

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Thursday, 25 October


The other vacancy report. New rental streams from excess car parking? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

According to the lovely Dr. Elizabeth Taylor over at RMIT, parking in Melbournes city centre now occupies the equivalent of 225 MCGs. The main reason for this bounty: minimum car parking requirements in the planning scheme. These requirements compel developers to provide a ratio of private car parks in all new developments. Cost for land []

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Tuesday, 23 October


Negative and Defensive Thinking "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A Stuart Wilde article - Now is the time to tame the egos demands and to take a more cautious smaller approach to life. Invest in yourself and what you know, and skills that you can offer others.


4pm Fri Nov 9 | Qantas Dont Deport to Danger-Let Huyen, Priya & Nades stay "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 4pm, Friday 9th November 2018 Where: 79-81 Victoria Pde, Collingwood, VIC Facebook event here Rally at Jetstar Corporate Office calling on Qantas and all airlines not to deport Huyen, Priya, Nades or any asylum seekers to danger. We need to keep up the pressure to prevent the deportation of Huyen, Priya, Nades and family.(...)



The PNG Supreme Court has dismissed the case of Behrouz Boochani and 730 other Manus detainees for the constitutional enforcement of their rights. The Supreme Court ruled that the case was essentially a compensation case for the breach of their human rights prior to the Supreme Court orders in 2016 that the Lombrum detention centre(...)



The long-awaited judgement of the PNG Supreme Court regarding illegal imprisonment and enforcement of constitutional and human rights of the Manus asylum seekers will be handed down today, Tuesday 23 October, at 2pm. The PNG court decision will lay the basis for seeking summary judgement for compensation and also orders for the unconditional release of(...)




The Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 the Lifetime Ban Bill was introduced and passed in the House of Representatives in November 2016. It has been before the Senate since that time;

  • The Bill would prevent resettlement in Australia for the people who have been assessed as refugees in PNG (583 people) or Nauru (821 people)
  • The Bill would prevent refugee assessment in Australia for people transferred to Australia for medical purposes, many of whom have never been afforded a refugee assessment in PNG or Nauru
  • The Bill would enforce family separation in a number of ways, including:
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A reality check on Renewable Energy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hat tip to my friend Shane who put me onto this TedX lecture.  well worth sharing with your ecotopian friends! It does show how Australia and Canada   with very low population densities, are in not a bad position, except of course for the fact they are nowhere near the places with high densitity populations. You cant beat arithmetics and physics.

How much land mass would renewables need to power a nation like the UK? An entire countrys worth. In this pragmatic talk, David MacKay tours the basic mathematics that show worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options and explains why we should pursue them anyway. (Filmed at TEDxWarwick.) Lesson by David MacKay.

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Monday, 22 October


Italy and energy: a case study "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Since discovering Jean Marc Jancovici a couple of months ago, I have been following his work, which is mostly in French; but now and again he publishes something in English, so you guys can benefit from reading this while I prepare to drive my wifes Suzuki Alto with a full load to Tasmania  yes I am going to get my life back and get to enjoy sharing the fruits of my labour after a three year wait..


Italy is in trouble. Or more precisely, the country has been abandonned by growth. It is one of the few OECD countries that is unable to recover from the 2008 crisis: its GDP is still lagging below 2007 levels. Would it be the simple result of the unability of the successive governments to make the appropriate reforms? It might well be that the explanation lies in something much more different, but much more unpleasant: physics.

First, statistics are unequivocal on the fact that growth has vanished, so far.

Year on year change of the GDP in Italy (or annual growth rate) since 1961 (blue curve), average per decade (red curve), and trend on the growth rate (green dotted line). It is easy to see that each decade has been less successful than the previous one since the beginning of this series, and that the decade that started in 2010 has an average growth rate which is negative. Italy has therefore been in recession, on average, for the last 7 years.

Primary data from World Bank.

As the two are generally linked in Western countries, the debt on GDP ratio has risen to heights, botbh for public and private debt.

Debt on GDP ratio in Italy since 1995. Primary data from Eurostat.
Households debt on GDP ratio since 1960. Data from Bank for International Settlements.

Sunday, 21 October


How Donald Trump saved Civilization (and lost the planet) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Just found this.  wow.

The controversy swirling around murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been moving Congress towards sending to the White House an Act* imposing broad sanctions on Saudi Arabia, effectively scrapping billions in pending arms sales.

Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said, The kingdom and all involved in this brutal murder must be held accountable, and if the Trump administration will not take the lead, Congress must.


In internal discussions, Mr. Kushner has urged the president and his aides not to abandon Prince Mohammed. But as Turkish officials leaked details of the grisly killing of Mr. Khashoggi and of the dismemberment of his body, the White House has become increasingly isolated in its defense of Saudi Arabia.

Take a moment and picture this scenario.
Caving to his image-advisors and pollsters who fret about a Blue Tide surging into key states, POTUS inks the sanctions.
As its mercantile supply line begins to dry up, Saudi Arabia does not blink. It does precisely what it said it would do. It retaliates by hitting the world where it hurts most: the oil supply.
For decades Saudi Arabia has been OPECs swing vote, able to turn up or down the light sweet crude flowing to international markets. No other producers have either the reserves or production to control the volume and ther...

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