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Thursday, 18 October

14:31

City of Melbourne supports Australia joining UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The City  of Melbourne, birthplace of ICAN, just voted unanimously in support of a motion calling on the Australian government to join the UN treaty!  

07:45

Public transport: frequency must improve across the network #MoreServicesPlease "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

If you look at a map of Melbournes public transport network, youd be right in thinking its a substantial service covering most of the city.

But it will only attract people out of their cars if service quality is better.

Frequency has to improve. With most suburban buses running only every 30-60 minutes, and even waits for trains and trams being as much as 20 to 40 minutes outside peak times, people can spend more time waiting for a service than travelling on it.

Running all trains, trams and main road buses at least every ten minutes to everywhere all day, every day, would ensure that all of Melbourne has a turn up and go network that people can use without having to check a timetable first, and that connections are easy.

07:10

Wanted Newlands Community News

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Hello all owners of a Melon Baller!

Could we please borrow your gadget for the weekend? 

I am the proud owner of one. I have a tribe of kids coming over who have a vision of making a mountain of melon balls. 

Happy to pick up and return to your letterbox.
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Wednesday, 17 October

22:10

Recommendation Newlands Community News

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I came across these really beautiful skincare products through a friend and they tick all the boxes!! They are made close by (in Somers), they avoid plastic (I'm really impressed with the moisturising stick made from cardboard), they are made from beautiful ingredients and they smell and feel amazing.

21:47

Lost Hat Newlands Community News

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Hi everyone, just wondering if someone found the hat on the photo. My son lost it last Monday (15/10/18) around Urquhart Street and Pentridge Blvd, Coburg.

If someone has it please give me a call, 0409 164 626.

Cheers and thanks, 
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11:26

Beyond the Bars CD Launch 2018 News

Beyond the Bars 2018 CD launch

Join us for the Beyond the Bars 2018 CD launch, Thursday 1 November 6.30-8.30pm at Maysar, Fitzroy Stars Gym (upstairs - accessible) on Gertrude Street. Guests, music and discussion on justice, incarceration and prison radio. All welcome. Light refreshments, beverages and free CDs. See you there!

07:20

Newlands Fringe and Trivia! Newlands Community News

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Everyone in the Newlands community (and beyond) is invited to a night of entertainment and laughs at our very first Newlands Fringe and Trivia night.



Held in the beautiful hall at The Cretan Brothers (near CERES) on Friday October 26 you will be treated to a night of performances, dancing, games and trivia. Hosted by DJ Eddy and Nancy Bangles!

There will be a silent auction, two bars (no BYO), food platters that can be pre purchased and a table of decorations. 

Dust off your dancing shoes and dress up as a musical subculture and decorate your table to match.

06:00

Australia needs political courage, will and leadership to realise the SDGs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The theme of this years International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (on 17 October) is Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity. This mirrors the language and ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 17 October also coincides with the first day of a two-day Melbourne symposium co-hosted by Future Earth Australia and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/NZ/Pacific on research for SDG achievement.

Since Australia and 192 other countries committed to the SDGs in September 2015, countless Australians still dont understand what needs to be done, have not heard of the SDGs, or question why they even matter. This applies to many colleagues in Australian research, teaching and learning environments. For those colleagues, a good place to start is the guide on how local universities, higher education institutions and the academic sector can get started with the SDGs. Its crucial that Australias educators and the institutes they work for are SDG-cogent, as realisation of the SDG promise will require the harnessing of interdisciplinary critical thinking and research, as well as cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder planning for inclusive development change-innovation (to support intergenerational equity and prosperity within and beyond Australias borders).

In my view a key reason for any misconception, inertia, or complete lack of researcher or institutional awareness around the SDGs three years on is the absence of a national action plan. Submissions to the DFAT-led Parliamentary Inquiry into the UN SDGs of 2018 show that actors are crying out for the Australian Government to develop an overarching governance, policy and planning framework for SDG roll-out at home and as part of the nations international development and humanitarian assistance efforts from now until 2030. Australias first Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the implementation of the SDGs, lodged by the Government at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York in July, is a good start. But a national action plan it is not: the S.M.A.R.T goal logic that many government age...

Tuesday, 16 October

22:47

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #616 onlymelbourne

Read Online This Week: 16 - 22 October 2018 Newsletter | #616 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 16th October 2018 to Monday 22nd October 2018 Caulfield Cup Docklands Blues Music Festival Garage Sale Trail Weekend Main Street Mornington Festival Pregnancy Babies and Children's Expo Royal Geelong Show Shot in the City of Port Phillip Spooktober Spring Fling Street Festival The Finders Keepers Market Weekend Wrap Enjoy #Melbourne Garage Sale Trail Weekend Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 2018 Join the movement along with 400,000 Australians by hosting a sale or shopping the trail. Garage Sale Trail 2018 | Trail Map Festival Melbourne 2018 3 - 21 October 2018 The Melbourne Festival encompasses dance, circus, theatre, contemporary and classical music, visual arts, film and more. Festival Melbourne 2018 | What's On The Finders Keepers Market Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October | Royal Exhibition Building A massive three day event, featuring over 250 independent art and design stalls. The Finders Keepers Market Friday Night Live Music Licensed venue in Bayswater featuring live music every Friday night. Fri 19th October - Maskara - Women of Rock Fri 26th October - Hard Edge and Pool Comp Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Shot in the City of Port Phillip Saturday October 20 and 27 | Sunday October 21 and 28 Melbourne Camera Club - South Melbourne Photography exhibition celebrates the human and geographical diversity of a local municipality through the lens of the Melbourne Camera Club. Entry is FREE Shot in the City of Port Phillip | Photography Exhibition Spooktober 2018 Oct 31 - Nov 4 | St Kilda Town Hall Melbourne's biggest and spookiest 5-day Halloween Festival Spooktober Spooktober 2018 | Buy Tickets Yarra River Self-Drive Boat Hire Self drive boat hire cruise packages offer you the opportunity to rent one of our signature vessels with no boat license or experience required. Melbourne Boat Hire | Rates and Book Online Pentolina Fresh Pasta and Bar Melbourne's new shrine to pasta in the heart of the CBD. Fresh pasta made in-house daily Mon - Sat 11am 10pm | 2, 377 Little Collins St, Melbourne Pentolina | Review Weekend Wrap Alibaba E-Commerce Expo Archibald Prize Exhibition Arms and Militaria Fair Australian Hi-Fi and AV Show Bendigo Uncorked Week Box Hill Record and Comic Fair Buddy Run Caulfield Cup Docklands Blues Music Festival Main Street Mornington Festival...

22:19

Free Newlands Community News

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Mountain of yukka offcuts our the front of 19 George St Preston- come help yourself. 

They grow into biggish trees! 


22:17

Friends of Edgars Creek Newlands Community News

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Hi FoEC'ers and Friends,


How sweet it has been to hear rain falling today! Hopefully we can get some more tonight and over the next few days; gee it has been dry!

We have a scheduled maintenance activity for ...

11:07

Libs say they will protect Mornington Peninsula from overdevelopment "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

"Only the Liberal Party will protect the amenity and character of our neighbourhoods and rural hinterland," says Russell Joseph, Liberal Candidate for Nepean. We don't often publish statements from the major parties, but this is the first one we know of that looks at protecting the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is an incredibly biodiverse part of South-Eastern Australia, hardly explored to date in terms of paleontology, rapidly losing its native fauna and flora. The undeniable fact that governments since Jeff Kennett have promoted destructive population growth here makes any policy to protect it extremely important. We will publish statements from any other political party that has a plan to protect the Mornington Peninsula from overpopulation.

"In 2014 the Liberal government introduced the Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement to help protect our unique coastal, rural and conservation areas of the Mornington Peninsula townships and hinterland. However under Labor our General Residential Zone has been ruined and will now become a location for 3-storey apartment-style developments regardless of the established character of our neighbourhoods," he states.

Joseph describes the Andrews Labor government as having, without any consultation with local residents, communities or council, "replaced existing 9 metre height limits with an 11 metre limit and as of right approval for three storey development."

He adds his opinion that,

"Labors changes affect over 24,000 house lots across the Mornington Peninsula and this comes with further increases in traffic congestion and unsustainable pressure on an already stressed public transport system."

Joseph claims that a Liberal government will fix these planning changes and fund improved bus connections to the Mornington Peninsula, including service route changes and frequency improvements to both the 788 (Portsea) and 783 (Flinders) services. He says that a Liberal government will protect the Mornington Peninsula and reject the Labor-Greens solution to Melbournes chronic urban congestion by pushing the population down to us.

He concludes,

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07:35

Demographer slams overdevelopment in Melbourne - Video and text "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Professor Bob Birrell [1] calls for better planning to stop over-development, sustainable population policy reform at a Sustainable Australia Party event. "Net overseas immigration is completely dominating the figures." The politicians tell us, "We just have to get used to it, and the way we're going to deal with it is to throw literally billions at it ... and ... eliminate suburbia." "That's what they say. But rezoning and high density doesn't actually work. The houses are too expensive. The reason is site costs. The more people the more demand for housing. If you increase the opportunity for housing on the same site, the site values go up higher.... It doesn't work." "Nor does the high rise 'solution'. You know there are tens of thousands of these being completed. When we checked the 2016 census, what we found was, that in the two areas of greatest density, CBD and South bank, only 5% of all those appartments were occupied by families with children. Well, what are we going to do about it? We have to deal with high NOM (Net Overseas Migration), it's not inevitable - and this is the key point. The high levels of NOM at present are due to government policy or government non-policy. They are a deliberate consequence of government policy. Not inevitable. For example, overseas students. It is a fact that the biggest source of growth in Net Overseas Migration in Melbourne is overseas students. There are more overseas students coming in on a student's visa each year than are leaving holding a student's visa. Okay, we don't object to students coming here for an education. the problem is that, once they get here and complete their education, they can stay on, more or less forever. Our governments have deliberately encouraged them to do so. By providing, as of right, a two year stay here, with full work rights - even if your degree is in cultural studies - and, when you've done that, you can get another student visa. Or you can become a tourist, or you can get a working holiday visa, or you can apply for a 457 temporary visa. Or you can apply for a permanent entry visa. And, as a consequence, a big chunk of overseas students are just spinning out ... over the years. So, we can change that and that would have a major impact. There are many other areas we could change. I'll just give you one or two to finish, which you may not know about. You've probably heard a lot about 'regional policy' - 'maybe we'll put people in the bush, rather than let them stay in Melbourne or Sydney. Well, currently, there's a program near 30,000 visas strong for state and regional sponsorship. The problem...

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