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Sunday, 16 December

00:47

Flash floods cause havoc in Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Flash floods have caused havoc for some in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, with flash flooding turning backyards, suburban streets and ponds into gushing rivers. A Christmas party at a Pakenham housing estate in the city's outer southeast was called off Saturday afternoon when heavy rainfall halted celebrations. Organiser Samantha Thorpe said a little pond nearby became "like a raging river". "It has never happened like this before."

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Saturday, 15 December

23:32

Sydney and Melbourne join Powering Past Coal Alliance at COP24 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Powering Past Coal Alliance announced on Friday that Sydney and Melbourne had joined the Alliance at an event: Accelerating the global coal transition. This follows the Australian Capital Territory joining in September 2018. Other states and businesses that joined at COP24 included Israel, Scotland, Senegal, and Scottish Power. The Alliance, formed in Bonn in 2017 at COP23, now includes 80

07:56

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07:48

Free Newlands Community News

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Ive got 5.5 pieces of fresh Sir Walter Buffalo turf if anyone needs (but over 2.5metre sq) to give away. Needs to go in ground ASAP. 

Can drop of in north Coburg today if anyone interested?

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Friday, 14 December

19:00

Cardinal Pell "IndyWatch Feed Vic"



 
 
Not too many years ago, the West freed the queer boys and girls from continuous judicial assault.  That was good.  What we are seeing now is the various hideouts used by those once under threat been shaken out and we are seeing what they had been up to.
 
We discover aggressive homosexuality preys on vulnerable young men and boys of course. These victims often then go on to become perpetrators.  All this places the problem of mutual consent into a deep grey area twisted by the imbalance of power, just as sexual harassment does in the work place.
 
The Church will have to end the demand for celibacy and perhaps limit that to promotion candidates.  Considering the ample supply of divorced older men with a potential long lifespan, this may well solve itself.  The real problem is how to accommodate homosexuality at all except through legitimate celibacy, but that is exactly what has not worked.
 
We have not heard the details of this man's crimes, but perhaps that is as well. It will take little for our culture to slam the legal door back down on all this.  Instead we need to work with the natural community in order to resolve human sexuality safely..  .. .
 
Cardinal Pell, top advisor to Pope Francis, found guilty of historical sexual offenses

Gerard OConnell December 12, 2018

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/12/12/cardinal-pell-top-advisor-pope-francis-found-guilty-historical-sexual-offenses

Australian Cardinal George Pell leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court Oct. 6. (CNS photo/Mark Dadswell, Reuters) An Australian jury has found Cardinal George Pell, 77, guilty on five charges of historical child sexual offenses that go back decades, according to various media reports and confirmed by America. The 12-member jury gave their unanimous verdict in the County Court of the State of Victoria in Melbourne on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
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Sunday, 14 October

20:25

Grampians Peaks Trail (and always remember to pack your food away!) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A rule to remember whenever youre camping in the Australian bush (or anywhere really) is to pack away and secure your food at night so that it doesnt attract animals.

Its a rule I was acutely reminded of during a recent trip hiking the Grampians Peaks Trail, leaving me with a large, chewed tear in the floor of my much loved Macpac Minaret tent.

Ive always thought packing my food away into plastic bags and keeping them in my tent was enough to deter animals. In my many years of camping around Australia Ive never had a problem.

But this trip, it was a problem.

At some stage during the first night at the Bugiga hikers camp, something chewed its way into my tent and got into my dinner bag, getting at one of my dried meals and a block of fancy Koko Black chocolate given to me for Fathers Day.

I must have been tired because I slept through it and didnt realise what had happened until I was packing up in the morning after breakfast and discovered the hole in my tent.

I was devastated. Ive written before how much I love my tent and how its served me well on many trips in fair weather and foul.

It felt like Id let a good friend down.

I patched up the hole on both sides with first aid strapping tape and thankfully the weather was good so I didnt need to worry about rain.

Once back in Melbourne I got the hole patched and, hopefully, its good to go for my next trip.

And for that next trip Ill be investing in some decent bags to stash my food in and putting those into my backpack which Ill also line with a big plastic bag.

Lesson learned.

Click to view slideshow.

Anyway, the Grampians Peaks Trail was okay. Nice scenery, interesting rock formations, easy to follow track. But it never felt particularly remote as the views included roads and the town of Halls Gap. There were also plenty of tourists and school groups doing day walks on the trails so it never felt like wilderness.

I started at Halls Gap, following the Grampians Peaks Trail signs up Stony Creek past Venus Baths and Splitters Falls into Wonderland. It was steady, but not challenging, climbing to get up onto the mountain range. Walking through the Grand...

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Friday, 12 October

07:25

Sunday trains packed #MoreServicesPlease "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Melbournes trains: you might not expect a seat in peak hour, but on Sunday mornings? Most lines are very infrequent and theyre packed.

Services on the Werribee, Williamstown, Sunbury, Craigieburn, Upfield, Mernda, Hurstbridge and Sandringham lines on Sundays run only every 40 minutes until about 10am, resulting in crowding, while spare trains sit idle in stabling yards.

It hasnt changed in decades. Sunday 10am to 7pm frequencies were increased in 1999 to 20 minutes, but the morning 40 minute gaps have existed since the 1970s.

This is not good enough for a growing city of 5 million people. To get Melbourne moving, its time for frequent train services every 10 minutes on all Metro lines, every day of the week.

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Wednesday, 10 October

00:00

PTUA launches Connecting Ballarat proposal "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has launched an ambitious policy document, Connecting Ballarat, which calls for dramatic improvements to Ballarats bus network.

Ballarats bus network currently has a lot of problems with indirect, inefficient routes through the CBD, which turn back on themselves in order to call at key destinations in a specific order, and terminate at Ballarat station. These paths waste valuable driver time, which is an inefficient use of taxpayer resources compared to more efficient paths. Theyre also slow and hard for casual users to understand, which makes them unattractive to potential passengers.

The central idea of the Connecting Ballarat proposal is to link routes on opposite sides of Ballarat together into longer cross-town routes, so that buses can flow smoothly in one side of the CBD and out the other, in a path that is faster, more efficient and more sensible than the current paths. This would mean faster trips for passengers, a more understandable network for first-time users, and more efficient use of resources resources that can be reinvested into other service improvements.

Three of these routes would become high-frequency SmartBus routes fast, direct routes that run every ten minutes, designed to act as the spine of a true turn-up-and-go network for Ballarat. The other routes would increase to run every 20 or 40 minutes, to match the increased V/Line train frequencies expected from late 2019.

Buses would also run to a longer span of hours, connecting with commuter trains in the early mornings and late evenings, and allowing people travelling within Ballarat to take the bus home after dinner at a restaurant or a night at the movies.

PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener, Ben Lever, said this was in many ways an ambitious proposal, but that it also picked a lot of low-hanging fruit.

We know the existing network has a lot of inefficiencies, both in the twisty paths it takes and the excessively-padded timetables. Not only are these inefficiencies frustrating for users, they take up a lot of resources that would be better spent on improving the service thats what were proposing here.

Beyond those efficiency gains, were calling on all political parties to invest some serious money into our bus network. Low-density outer suburbs of Melbourne have high-frequency SmartBuses running through them, connecting key destinations like shopping centres and universities with railway stations Ballarat deserves the same. Even the standard non-SmartBus routes run till at least 9pm in most suburbs of Melbourne, while Ballarats buses currently shut down around 7pm its just not good enough.

Weve seen time and time again that when governments invest in good public transport, people use it. Whether its trains, tr......

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Monday, 08 October

21:16

5:30pm Oct 12 | Paint the Town Refugee "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 5:30pm, Friday 12th October 2018 Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here Join RAC in covering Melbourne this Friday evening with posters, leaflets and chalk to advertise the rally on October 27th other RAC initiatives. No experience needed! Meet other activists or come with friends. Plaster the CBD, or(...)

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Tuesday, 27 March

17:44

Uncommon Sense - 27 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Amy talks to Ben Eltham about federal politics. Mark McKenna, Professor of History at The University of Sydney joined Amy in the studio to discuss his Quarterly Essay Moment of Truth: History and Australia's Future Lastly, Dr Mary Tomsic and Dr Jordy Silverstein, Historians at The University of Melbourne came in to talk with Amy about their AFL history blog, History From the Centre Square https://centresquarehistory.com/

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Friday, 23 March

16:26

Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees in Human Flow Documentary and Sydney Biennale Installations "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

My latest post for Global Voices:

During a visit to Australia, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has blitzed the media with his concerns about the global treatment of refugees.

He is the headline artist with two major installations at the Biennale of Sydney that runs until June 2018. One, called The Law of the Journey located at the Cockatoo Island, features a black rubber, inflatable boat and figures. They were made with the same material used to produce the hazardous boats that some asylum seekers and migrants travel in while attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

...Ai also spoke at the Cinema Nova for the Melbourne opening of his documentary Human Flow, which features the stories of refugees in 23 countries in 2016.

...Kon Karapanagiotidis from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre conducted a live interview on Facebook and Twitter that has since attracted nearly 10,000 viewers.

More: From Sydney Biennale Installations to Film Screenings, Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees

Tuesday, 20 March

17:48

Mama Kin Spender on their musical affinity, finding remedy and taking risks with Golden Magnetic "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

[Tommy and I] have been friends for about 16-17 years now. You get less than that for most major crimes these days

Its a playful sentiment that echoes throughout Golden Magnetic, the debut album conceived by Mama Kin (Danielle Caruana) and Melbourne producer Tommy Spender.

But aside from being a stellar collection of tracks inspired by nature, connection, love and hope the duo have been breaking out of the records physical confines by incorporating choirs from across the country into their live shows.

Set to hit Sydneys favourite Basement in April, Mama Kin joined Chelsea on The New Thing to delve deeper into the origins of Golden Magnetic, future plans and how they find a sense of community within each choir they perform with.

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