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Wednesday, 10 October


Needed Newlands Community News


Hi everyone,

We are looking for some milk crates to build a stage for our community music school. Does anyone have any or know where we can get some free ones. Happy to borrow them and give them back! 

Or a portable stage and risers to borrow? 



Kastoria Newlands Community News


This beautiful show will be opened by Violet Kelly @ 8.00, Newlands youngest superstar!


Clothesline Project Newlands Community News


Come to show your support for Survivors of Domestic Violence. "Clothesline Project" is an international T-shirt painting event for the Week Without Violence.

Afternoon tea provided. Monday, Oct 15, 12-2pm at Newlands Neighbourhood House. 


Questions? Contact Ash at 03 8528 2332 or newlan...


Workshop Newlands Community News

Ecology Basics through Art.

Create art and learn about fundamental ecology concepts in this fun and informative creative workshop with Aviva Reed. 



Wanted Newlands Community News


Wanted -empty VHS boxes, clear, to use for a school library filing system. Will pick up.

Please text 0422 551 814.

Thank you.


Melbourne holds up building activity "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dwelling starts ease

New seasonally adjusted detached house starts were solid in Q2 2018, holding at above 30,000, while new attached dwelling starts declined by 7 per cent. 

For some texture, marked at Figure 1 is what happened last time the negative gearing rules were quarantined, with quarterly dwelling starts collapsing from above 39,000 to 27,800 before the legislation was quickly reversed in a panic.

With foreign investors now effectively barred from buying by high surcharges and domestic investors unlikely to buy new given the diminished resale market, one might anticipate a similar outcome this time around (click to expand the images).

That new apartment starts held up at historically high levels over the past year is now almost entirely thanks to Melbourne, with Sydney and Brisbane pulling back from their respective peaks. 

Some 39,000 dwellings were parked as approved but not yet commenced, with more than half of these being in New South Wales (mainly units in Sydney). 



Stress on the outer "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Stress on the outer

Although moderate overall, 30-day mortgage delinquency rates are higher in the outer suburbs, reports Moody's.

The lowest delinquency rates, as expected, are typically in the inner suburbs, and the highest 30-40km from the respective CBDs.

This holds true across each of the major capital cities, although in Brisbane and Melbourne there are pockets of stress in the inner city, due to the concentration of high-rise towers.

Moody's notes that these trends reflect higher incomes in the inner suburbs.

Moody's expects that these patterns will continue - especially in the event of any economic downturn - due to the lower incomes in outer suburbs and weaker credit characteristics and low-skilled employment in those locations.

Moody's expects only a moderate increase in RMBS delinquencies. 



Joy of living the change in a tiny house "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 3 October 2018 are Vicki Perrett, president of Geelong Sustainability and coordinator of Sustainable House Day Geelong, together with Peter Clapinski from Tiny Homes Geelong & Bellarine, for a talk about why he is so passionate about this idea to build tiny houses.

We also talk with Chris Gerbing, who is co-director of the Environmental Film Festival Australia, which starts in Melbourne on 11 October, and play a clip from a presentation by Jeff Butler about Grow it, Eat it festival in Grovedale, which starts on 20 October.

Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 236 on 94.7 The Pulse:



Daring, Decadence And Disco St Kilda News

The National Trusts Super 70s exhibition at Rippon Lea showcases the eclecticism of the 1970s. To celebrate and rediscover Melbournes contribution to fashion in the 1970s, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is launching a new, immersive Super 70sexhibition at the historic Rippon Lea Estate. Opening in late July 2018, the exhibition will feature exquisite []

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The Pledge Part III The Planets St Kilda News

by Adam Murie I once skated from the Sun to Mercury and when I got there I could see Venus off in the distance. I rolled on to the Earth and thought the moon was cute as I sailed by. Mars looked similar to the Earth; Jupiter was amazing, you simply have to see it. []

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Aspirations, Iconic Ladies Clothing Store Relocates! St Kilda News

  When you walk into Aspirations you will find a wonderful selection of womens clothing in a vast array of colours. After 24 years in Church St Brighton, Aspirations has relocated to 329 Bay St Brighton. This beautiful new space also has a separate area for evening wear and destination holidays. Offering exclusive, hand-picked fashion []

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Noisy Neighbours? How To Create An Urban Garden Sanctuary St Kilda News

George Amos is a British expat that has been landscaping around Port Phillip and Bayside for 15 years with his business Acoustic Landscape Designs. Hes moonlighted as a DJ for much of this time, immersed in the cutting edge circles of Melbournes rare groove and disco scene. Merging a love of landscaping and music might []

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Hemp Vodka St Kilda News

Just when you thought youd seen and tasted the whole spectrum of novelty beverages, another one launches to an inebriated fanfare. Hemp vodka might sound like something dreamt up by Cheech & Chong, but its real and legal and has medical benefits. Medical benefits? You heard correctly. Much maligned and stigmatised for the best part []

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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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Tuesday, 09 October


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #615 onlymelbourne

Read Online This Week: 9 - 15 October 2018 Newsletter | #615 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 9th October 2018 to Monday 15th October 2018 Casey Food and Wine Festival Fitness Show Gippsland Garden and Home Expo Hophaus Dachshund Race HiFi Show Meccano Exhibition Salami Festa Motorclassica Oktoberfest in the Gardens Practically Green Festival Stonningtons Spring Into Gardening Festival Tesselaar Tulip Festival World Vegan Day Enjoy #Melbourne Motorclassica Australias premier automotive exhibition is set to be bigger and better than ever before | 12 - 14 October 2018. Motorclassica 2018 | Royal Exhibition Building | Tickets Spring Into Gardening Festival 11am-3pm | Sunday 14th October 2018 Stonningtons gardening and sustainability festival is back at Victoria Gardens with inspiration and tips on gardening and sustainable living. Spring Into Gardening Festival 2018 Circus Shows Check out these circus favourites. *Silvers Circus | Melton* - 10 - 21 Oct * Best circus show ever! Highly recommended * Circus Royale | Taylors Lakes - 19 Sept - 14 Oct Circus Oz | Collingwood - 11 - 21 October NoFit State Circus | Royal Botanic Gardens @ 3-21 Oct Friday Night Live Music Licensed venue in Bayswater featuring live music every Friday night. Fri 12th October - Wheres Chuck Fri 19th October - Maskara - Women of Rock Fri 26th October - Hard Edge and Pool Comp Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Oktoberfest in the Gardens Saturday 13 October 2018 | Melbourne Showgrounds Melbourne(tm)s largest heated beer hall, authentic German food stalls, roving performers, sideshow alley, silent disco and much more. Oktoberfest in the Gardens 2018 | Tickets Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018 Final Week 8-14 October | Tulipmania Week | Tesselaar Tulip Farm Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland all set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. --> Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018...


Australia mulls blocking migrants from moving to major cities "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia is considering measures to stop some new migrants settling in bigger cities, instead directing them to less populated areas. Canberra is looking for ways to ease congestion in places like Sydney and Melbourne.

Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House after sunset (picture alliance/dpa/robertharding)

The Australian government on Tuesday said it was looking to correct an imbalance in population growth by forcing some new migrants away from major cities, and toward less populous areas.

In a speech outlining the policy, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge told an audience that the strain on infrastructure in Australias eastern cities had cost the country 25 billion Australian dollars ($17.7 billion, 15.4 billion euros) last year.

That amount was forecast to grow to 40 billion Australian dollars annually by 2040, he said.

Tudge said the main problem was rapid population growth in Sydney, Melbourne and southeastern Queensland, while there was slow growth in other parts of the country.

We are working on measures to have more new arrivals go to the smaller states and regions and require them to be there for at least a few years, Tudge told a gathering of the Menzies Research Centre think tank in Melbourne.

In that time, the evidence suggests that many will make it their home for the long term.

Dipping population in parts

New arrivals could be given extra points on Australias points-based immigration system, Tudge told Australian broadcaster ABC, or with geographic conditions attached to work visas.

Alice Springs in Australia (picture-alliance / DUMONT Bildarchiv)Remote parts of the Northern Territory have seen a decline in population.........


Protect Our Forests! Newlands Community News


Join us for upcoming event in Preston on 23 October, from 7pm!

Love Water - Protect Forests: A musical evening to celebrate our forests


As the High Court challenge to abortion clinic safe access zones begins, there is much at stake Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

By Tania Penovic, Monash University; Caroline Henckels, Monash University, and Ronli Sifris, Monash University

File 20181005 52691 53pbgm.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Victorian and Tasmanian laws around safe access zones at abortion clinic are being challenged in the High Court. Photo: AAP/David Moir

From October 9-11, the High Court of Australia will hear a challenge to the constitutional validity of Victorian and Tasmanian legalisation that provides for safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Safe access zones are sometimes called bubble zones because they create a bubble around abortion clinics. In Victoria and Tasmania, safe access zones are the area within a 150 metre radius of a clinic. Within these zones, certain conduct is prohibited, including the harassment of people accessing the clinic.

The purpose of safe access zones is to prevent patients, staff and others from being targeted by anti-abortion protesters. These laws are designed to protect the safety, well-being, privacy and dignity of people attending abortion clinics, and facilitate womens access to health services without harassment and intimidation.

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Explainer: what are abortion clinic safe-access zones and where do they exist in Australia?

Safe access zones now operate in Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT, the Northern Territory and New South Wales. A bill that establishes safe access zones is currently before the Queensland Parliament.

These laws do not prevent anti-abortion protesters from expressing their views. They can write to newspapers and politicians, and protest in other places. The only thing these laws prevent them from doing is protesting within a safe access zone.

Background to the cases

The laws that have been challenged in the High Court are those that operate in Victoria and Tasmania. The High Court will hear these two challenges together.

Kathleen Clubb is an active member of the US-founded anti-abortion group known as Helpers of Gods Precious Infants. Members of this group have protested outside East Melbournes Fertility Control Clinic six days a week for more than 20 years. In October 2017, Clubb was found guilty...

Monday, 08 October


October 6, 2018 : International Freedom of Speech Day : LOLWUT "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Blink and you might have missed it, but Saturday, October 6 was International Freedom of Speech Day, with International having the operative meaning of Wiley Park in Sydney and Docklands in Melbourne and Freedom of Speech whining about Facebook and Continue reading


Taking part in Older Persons Week in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Ugly

Last week saw the observance of the United Nations Day for the Older Person, which has been set on 1 October since 1990. This years theme was celebrating older human rights champions. Australia saw a week of activities.

Behind the events, was the understanding that the contributions made by older citizens deserves to be recognised and valued; that the older person should not be thrown on he scrap heap, and their knowledge,  experience and skills, should be  appreciated as a valuable asset, which co0ntributes to building the future.

Unfortunately, the has been a gradual devaluation of societys elders. This is not only shown by a tendency to lock them  out of participation in society, but also, by the extent of the meanness of the support provided by government and agencies.

For instance, retires deserve and are entitled to be rewarded for the contribution they have made through a lifetime.  They should not be subjected to an inadequate housing, poor housing, pressure to return to work, unreasonable health, energy and transport costs. The scandal and human rights abuse, of what too often passes off as nursing homes, is a disgrace. This should not exist in a society that considers itself humane.

In Melbourne, community alliance Fair Go For Pensioners was one of those that took part. Its contributions were  a  special celebration on Thursday and taking part in Sundays celebrations at Federation Square by running a stall and distributing information.

Speakers panel at the Fair Go For Pensioners Thursday event

An important new publication, called Up In The Air: A civil and caring society  was launched at the Thursday event.  It deals with the link between the striving for a democratic system of government and justice in the delivery of social services, not only for older people, but for all citizens in need. The erosion of the capacity of people to lead a decent life and have the means to participate in society is a major threat to real democratic rights.

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