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Monday, 19 February

21:07

Salsa Dance Night! Newlands Community News

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We are very excited to invite everyone to come along to our first Salsa Dance Night. 

The weather forecast is looking promising for an evening of outside dancing. 

All families welcome, prizes for best dressed, delicious food available to purchase and one of the best salsa bands in Melbourne is playing live. 

All dance moves taught on the night by the incredible Carlos.

It's going to be wonderful.



20:50

Rainbow Music Group Newlands Community News

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Hello,

Im so pleased to let you know that the second Rainbow Music Group is now going ahead! It will start this Saturday 24th February.

Here is the link for re-booking for the rest of the term:

The Playgroup runs from 10-11am and then your music session is 11 12.

Please share around your networks as we still have a few places available.

Regards,

Liz Round.

20:48

International Women's Day Newlands Community News

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Dear Friends,

You are warmly invited to participate in a free community event for International Womens Day on March 8. Please see the flyer below for information.

The evening will include activities and discussions on themes that will help us all, as one community proudly diverse, to make local advances on the international theme of Press for Progress. Please come and add your voice, connect with others and enjoy celebrating with your community.


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20:48

For Sale Newlands Community News

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Books 2, 3 and 4 (Eldest, Eragon and Inheritance)  of Christopher Paolini's dragon series. 

Excellent condition hardbacks. 

$10 for the lot.

0405 180 639


20:44

Community Houses Newlands Community News

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Hello Neighbours,

Were looking for your ideas to upgrade the outdoor space at East Coburg Neighbourhood House.

Please spare 1 minute to complete the survey!
Thank you

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20:43

Free Newlands Community News

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Free if you can use em!

Can anyone use any of these? Cubby house maybe..? 


Sash windows, no frame, ropes broken.

 
Aluminium fly screens (fit half window in the red brick houses), one has small tear.

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20:00

W-League Title Eludes Sky Blues Again! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Melbourne City have claimed a third-straight Westfield W-League title, defeating Sydney FC 2-0 in the 2018 Grand Final on the weekend at Allianz Stadium. Both [more]

The post W-League Title Eludes Sky Blues Again! appeared first on The Weekly Times.

17:20

Zero G - 19 February 2018 Episode 1172 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1172

Title: I PANTHER ABAMINYAM Podcast Title: Black Podther

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Black Panther Special!

 

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

15:27

COVER UP! The dark past of disgraced Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in The Valley of the Dolls "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

EXCLUSIVE: Having recently resigned as lord mayor of Melbourne following a number of sexual harassment claims, it can now be revealed that Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle once got a teenage girl to sign a confidentiality agreement after she was sexually harassed by another sleazy politician who made crude remarks to her in person and over the phone. [READ MORE]

13:56

Thando on Tour "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Melbourne-based musician Thando is making her way to Western Australia at the end of the month in celebration of her latest single Numb featuring Remi.

She jumped on the phone with Caitlin Nienaber on Breakfast to talk about chance collaborations, musical theatre and the importance of representation.

Play Thando Interview

13:32

The Grapevine - 19 February 2018 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

This week Kulja and Dylan speak with Dr Sarah Hayes Research Fellow in Archaeology and History at La Trobe University about the history of prostitution in 19th century Melbourne.

Then, author and humanitarian aid expert, Dennis Dragovic, comes onto the show to discuss his new book No Dancing, No Dancing: Inside the Global Humanitarian Crisis.

Finally, former Australian Children's Laureate, Leigh Hobbs returns with Sally Rippin for the Reading Room.

 

12:50

See (hear) CC:Disco "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Melbournes very own CC:Disco has teamed up with label legends Soothsayer to bring a collection of new music from emerging and underground artists across boogie, balearic, funk, disco and house. Talking about her passions of community radio and getting Australian artists out there in the international music sphere. CC:Disco Firstlight compilations.

Play Vishnu x CC Disco 16.02.18

 

08:00

February 19 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1804 - David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in Tassie.

1810 - Edward Luttrell Jnr, a ships officer and son of Surgeon Edward Luttrell, shot Pemulwuys son Tidbury (Tedbury or Tjedboro) in the face during an argument at Parramatta.

1836 - British Parliament officially proclaimed the colony of South Australia and formally defined its boundaries.
King William IV recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia's founding document, the Letters Patent. It was the first ever recognition of Aboriginal rights granted in Australia's colonial history. But the promise of legal entitlement to the land was never kept.

1852 - That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.

1856 - Exotic dancer (that's exotic NOT erotic you smutty minded people) Lola Montez - who was neither Spanish nor a trained dancer -was greatly displeased with a bad review written by the editor of the Ballarat Times, Henry Seekamp, about her.
So she took to him with a horse whip.
Totally justified, Your Honour...!

1863 - Thomas McGee was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Alexander Brown at Maiden Gully.

1865 - The tender was issued for work on Parliament House for the construction of the Legislative Council foundations.

1877 - A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.

1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building was laid.

1883 - Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.

1892 - Eileen O'Connor, the next possible Aussie saint, was delivered by the stork in Richmond (Struggletown), Melbourne.
She was yet another ballsy gal who took on Rome to establish Our Lady's Nurses For The Poor.

1894 - Steam trams began chugging their way to Bondi; getting a full head of steam up they could gallop along at 65km/ph, birthing the saying "to shoot through like a Bondi tram".

1894 - The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they?
Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes.

1912 - Royal Commission into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Str...

08:00

WHY PLANT BASED AND VEGAN? The NORTHSIDER

Rene McCready shares why she sees a plant-based, or vegan, diet as so important for a personal and more global sustainability.

The post WHY PLANT BASED AND VEGAN? appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

06:00

Independent Artist of the Week: Milan Ring "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Producing, engineering, singing, writing and heading up her own label: Milan Ring does it all. Now, the eclectic R&B fruits of her labour are coming into their own.

As a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with constructing idiosyncratic sounds, Milan Ring has really found her groove first with 2017s largely instrumental beat tape Venus Fly Trap and now, with Unbounded, the Sydneysiders first single of 2018.

Playing by her own rules, Milan heads up new collective MXMAY a newly formed creative house producing music, fashion, art, poetry, design and film. Having independently released her own music through the label, shes had a stellar start to the year. From an appearance at Melbournes Sugar Mountain festival, through to supporting Kardajala Kirridarra and Tokimonsta, Milan Ring is making serious moves for 2018.

 

 

Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

The post Independent Artist of the Week: Milan Ring appeared first on FBi Radio.

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Sunday, 18 February

21:29

Free Newlands Community News

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My daughters have moved out of home and left behind lots of no longer wanted stuff from the last several years, which I'd love to find new homes for.

There's a friendship bracelet kit, balloon animals, chocolate fountain, range of stationary items including good quality colour pencils, cork board,  pink wooden heart, door hanger, selection of A4 folders, folder paper, dividers and document wallets, collection of make up purses, skipping rope - see photos below.

I'll leave it all out on our nature strip at 10 Rasmussen Court Coburg for the next few days (weather permitting) so come and help yourself to anything that takes your fancy!


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17:46

Tourists on Scooters: Why So Many Dickheads? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Terima kasih. Terima kasih, I repeat over and over, till my throat goes dry and the Indonesian words of gratitude become a meaningless, Australian-flavoured gibberish.

I wince. And fiddle with the label of the plastic water bottle that Ketut pressed gently into my hands. Made chucks me a toothy grin and tells me to breathe as he treats my left leg with Betadine. His hands, baked golden by years of sun with deep ridges of age, dance softly along my calf, imploring my body to express where it hurts. Through salty, wobbly vision, the faces of concerned onlookers swim in and out of focus.

A cat smelling of something rotten, with sticky, sweat-saturated fur, stares at me through a nearby bush. He cocks his head and twitches his nose as I squeeze my eyes shut. Taking off my grit-stained glasses, I rest my head in my hands.

This scene is the result of 19 years of unawareness, and borderline carelessness, of my own mortality. Well, thats not entirely true. In fact, as a rule, I refuse to eat anything past its use-by-date and never leave home without a thick sheen of SPF50+. Yet, somehow, last month I found myself crumpled on the edge of a T-junction with my ankle wedged tightly beneath a freshly-rented scooter.

Its a common enough story for young travellers.

Let go of your inhibitions! they say. Be free, wild and adventurous!

Sure. Fuck yeah! I can do that.

It seems that most Westerners become well acquainted with the hot sting of gravel-grated flesh when scooter-venturing through Southeast Asia. Particularly in Bali, where a culture of helmetless, Aussie Bintang fiends thrives despite the barrage of figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs each year.

An Australian dies in Bali every nine days.

For me, upon arrival on this beautifully balmy island, and with my parents more concerned about angry Mount Agung, the volcano, than the mortality rate of scooter-loving tourists, the statistics faded into white noise and felt about as sobering as Melbournes Dumb Ways to Die campaign. Like thousands of other Western travellers, I felt as if death from misadventure just wasnt me.

As night falls, illuminated by the ever-faithful florescent glow of 24/7 convenience stores, the main streets of Kuta come alive with the shouts of young travellers. Men and women with fre...

15:36

For Sale Newlands Community News

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I have a few things I'd like to sell. 

Make me an offer - anything considered! 

Pick up or view in Coburg North (Newlands Estate). 

Gretchen 0427 203 030. 


15:33

Asa's Totally Rad and Narly Exhibition Newlands Community News

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Hello friends,

I'm having my first solo exhibition in about 15 years and would love to see you all there to help me consume a shitload of FREE Hawkers beer and DeBortoli wine! 

It's kid friendly! 

March 2nd 6.30pm at 550 Swan St Richmond.


14:05

Madge Digest #149 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Many thanks for your submissions on WAs Farmer Protection Legislation and for signing Stop GM Golden Rice letter asked for in the previous digest. They make a huge difference!

  1. Your help is needed again to get new GMOs regulated by this Wednesday 21st Feb. 

  2. GMO food labelling a possibility in South Australia!

  3. Keep yourself grounded and happy with others who care.

1)Your help needed again to get new GMOs regulated by this Wednesday 21st Feb

Put in a brief submission by Wednesday 21st February (suggested content below). Some scientists and industries see New GM as a bonanza for their careers and profits although it is only five years old and has no history of safe use. We suggest mentioning:

  1. The techniques (CRISPR, RNAi, gene drives and all other new techniques mentioned in this Friends of the Earth GM 2.0 Australian Regulators Engineering the Truth report) are GM.
  2. The new  GM techniques need safety assessments, regulation, labelling and monitoring. The developers of these techniques must be fully liable, including financially, for their products and actions.
  3. The Australian Department of Health has advised the World Trade Organisation* of its proposal to change the Gene Technology Act. I am concerned this may remove the opportunity to acknowlege these new technologies are GM and will close down public discussion of precaution and alternatives. 

If you add a sentence or two of your own it gives your submission much more power.

GM, old and new, thrives on secrecy, manipulation of science, exclusi...

13:28

Eat It - 18 February 2018 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Have you ever heard of a condition called Orthorexia? We hadn't until recently, so we chatted to Dr Rosemary Stanton about what it is (a compulsion to only eat "clean" food) and how it's developed since the 1990s.

Victor Persinette is man who spends a lot of time underground at the Spring Street Grocer's cheese room. He popped in to speak about how to best mature cheese, how blue cheese is formed, and some of the history of various cheese varieties.

To finish today's show we spoke to the man behind Duckboard Place's Lee Ho Fook, Victor Liong. Originally from Sydney we chatted about how Melbourne is perhaps more open to progressive intepretations of Chinese cuisine, and also how he cooks his simple (but delicious) egglant dish.

08:00

Cost of tax breaks soars on profits selling homes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Government spending on tax breaks is set to hit a record $170 billion this year, largely as a result of an explosion in the value of concession for the family home.

Treasury's Tax Expenditures Statement required under the Charter of Budget Honesty and released quietly after the close of business on Thursday puts the value of the exemption from capital gains tax for owner occupiers at $74 billion this financial year, up from $66.5 billion last financial year, which was itself $5 billion more than Treasury had forecast.

Four years ago, before house prices shot up, it was worth $46.5 billion. Treasury says by 2020-21 it will be worth $91 billion.

The exemption releases owner occupiers from the obligation to pay capital gains tax on profits made from the sale of their primary residence. Those profits have soared in recent years as prices have climbed, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Investors pay capital gain at half the income tax rate, a concession the Treasury costs at $10 billion, up from $4.4 billion four years ago.

The cost of tax expenditures is tabulated so that the government can compare the budgetary impact of direct spending in the form of grants with indirect spending in the form of tax breaks.

The government costs assistance to the aged at $64.3 billion and assistance to the unemployed and the sick at $10 billion.

The concession tax treatment of superannuation contributions is costed at $16.9 billion. The concessional treatment of super fund earnings is costed at $19.25 billion. The two figures can't be added together to get a total for super tax concessions, because if contributions were fully taxed the funds would earn less.

The exemption of so-called fresh foods from goods and services tax costs $7 billion per year. Among the items exempt because they are used to prepare food at home is sugar, although commercially prepared products containing sugar such as soft drinks are subject to the GST.

The GST exemption for education services including private school fees will cost $4.55 billion in 2017-18 and $5.65 billion in 2020-21. The exemption for medical services costs $4.1 billion.

The cost of the farm management deposit system, which gives tax advantages to qualifying farmers, is is expected to double from $245 million in 2016-17 to $560 million in 2017-18.

The figures come as the government attempts to find savings to fund personal income tax cuts in the May budget and reduce the deficit of $21.4 billion.

 

Tax Break Top 10

The 10 biggest tax expenditures identified by the Treasury

Revenue...

07:17

Wolltet ihr schon immer mal wissen, was passiert, wenn ... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Wolltet ihr schon immer mal wissen, was passiert, wenn auf einem Kreuzfahrtschiff eine italienische Grofamilie zu randalieren und rumzuprgeln anfngt?

Hier ist eure Chance!

Update: Es gibt ein Video.

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Thursday, 08 February

09:04

Climate change threatens natural wonders "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Popular natural tourist attractions including the Great Barrier Reef and Australias famous beaches are at risk because of the damaging effects of climate change, according to a Climate Council report.

The not-for-profit group says Australias tourism is in the firing line as rising sea levels threaten more than half of Australias coastline, heatwaves keep people out of our cities and coral bleaching kills the Great Barrier Reef.

Tourists travel across the globe to see Australias remarkable natural wonders. But these icons are in the climate firing line as extreme weather events worsen and sea levels continue to rise, ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes said in a statement on Thursday.

Some of our countrys most popular natural destinations, including our beaches could become no-go zones during peak holiday periods and seasons, with the potential for extreme temperatures to reach up to 50 degrees in Sydney and Melbourne.

The report, released on Thursday, said Melbourne and Sydney could reach those extreme temperatures even if the government meets its global target set by the Paris Climate Agreement.

If more coral bleaching events occur on the Great Barrier Reef, the tourism areas nearby could see the number of visitors reduced from 2.8 million in 2015 to about 1.7 million per year, the report said.

The council warned climate change may be expanding the distribution of the deadly irukandji jellyfish along Queenslands coast.

As ocean waters warm, many tropical marine species have been observed moving into sub-tropical waters, with irukandji being observed as far south as Hervey Bay and Fraser Island as recently as January 2018, the report said.

The group warns that without effective action by the government to address climate change, the entire northern half of Australia could be deemed unfavourable for tourists within the next 20 years.

The council criticised the governments national tourism plan saying it made no mention of the need to reduce emissions or increase tourism sustainability.

Without credible climate policy that cuts Australias rising carbon pollution levels, the impacts of climate change will only intensify and accelerate across the country over the coming decades, Climate Council acting chief executive officer Dr Martin Rice said in a statement.

While Australia has never been famous for its ski resorts, the industry has already experienced a decline in domestic tourism, the report said.

Further declines in snowfall are projected for all resorts over the rest of this century meaning only the highest peaks such at Mount Perisher and Falls Creek would experience any snow, the council said.

Despite the clear risks tha...

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Wednesday, 07 February

09:23

Ballarat commuters shortchanged by piecemeal track duplication "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ballarat single track

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has today criticised the state governments piecemeal approach to track duplication works near Bacchus Marsh.

The Melbourne Metro Authority, which is delivering the Ballarat Line Upgrade (BLU) project, announced changes to the project in December 2017, including changing the location of one of the crossing loops. The project originally included 3km of duplication works at Warrenheip, but this was changed to 3km of duplication west of Bacchus Marsh.

The rationale given for this change was that it meant less tree removal and excavation, and that it allowed trains to more quickly move in and out of the stabling facilities that are also planned as part of the BLU project.

However, indicative maps released as part of public consultation show that this duplication will end approximately 1km short of the Rowsley Loop, which was constructed in 2016 meaning the line will go from double-track to single-track and back again in a very short distance.

Shifting the duplication from Warrenheip to Bacchus Marsh, to allow trains to move to and from stabling without causing disruption to revenue services, was a sensible move. But it would be much more sensible if they would just extend the track a little bit further to join up these loops PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever said.

It seems ridiculous that these duplication works will get within sight of the existing Rowsley Loop, but wont actually join up with it.

This introduces a new bottleneck to the rail network, which will make V/Lines operations much more complicated than if they just connected the two up. Having these little low-quality bottlenecks limits the usefulness of the high-quality infrastructure being built further up the line.

Mr Lever also raised concerns that having two separate loops so close together would be an inefficient use of taxpayer funds.

With these track duplication projects, among the most expensive parts are the points and the signals at either end of the loop the flat, normal track in between is comparatively much cheaper. Because there are such big fixed costs, no matter how long the loop is, a 2km loop isnt twice as expensive as a 1km loop and in the case of this project, a 4km loop would not be 33% more expensive than a 3km loop. Once youve committed to paying the fixed costs, its mu...

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Tuesday, 06 February

14:42

Two of Groovin The Moos international acts have announced sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last week, Groovin The Moo unleashed the lineup for their 2018 round of festivals, and as expected, its an absolute corker. But now, just in case you arent able to make your way to some of the dates on this regional tour, two of the fests international acts have just done us a solid and announced some sideshows for their upcoming Aussie visit.

Back for its 14th year, Groovin The Moo is undoubtedly set to prove itself as one of Australias favourite touring festivals once again.

With huge local names on the bill including Paul Kelly, Alex Lahey, Grinspoon, Baker Boy, Ball Park Music, Tkay Maidza, and Vera Blue, music fans are set to party with some of the finest Aussie musos around. Of course, plenty of international acts join the fest as well, including Claptone, Royal Blood, Duke Dumont, and Portugal. The Man.

Now, two of Groovin The Moos most exciting international visitors are set to perform a a series of sideshows while in the country.

First cab off the rank is Portlands Amin, who has been turning heads in the world of alternative hip-hop for a few years now. With one EP, two mixtapes, and a debut album, Good For You, to his name, Amin is set to absolutely crush his debut Aussie shows, so be sure to check out this invigorating artist when he hits up Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth this May.

But the good news doesnt stop there, because Englands dynamic Lady Leshurr has announced shes showing off her hard-hitting, prolific grime sound to audiences in Brisbane, Sydney, and Perth.

Having released nine mixtapes in as many years, and with countless singles and feature appearances, Lady Leshurr has become one of the most well-known names in the world of UK grime, all without releasing a studio album. Needless to say, Lady Leshurrs upcoming shows are set to be some of the most talked-about this year.

Amins Tour For You 2018

Thursday, May 3rd
Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Friday, May 4th
Max Watts, Melbourne, VIC

Thursday, May 10th
256 Wickham, Brisbane, QLD

Friday, May 11th
Amplifier, Perth, WA

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07:59

AWPC - Melbourne Water correspondence on tree removal wildlife impact Lee St Retardant Basin "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

AWPC writes that only two of its questions were answered satisfactorily. It asks Melbourne Water what happens to the wildlife after the clearing? The AWPC, wildlife rescuers and shelters regularly experience the fallout of such projects. Consultants and wildlife handlers are contracted at a premium price, only to hand over displaced, orphaned and injured wildlife to either vets or local wildlife shelters who are then expected to deal with these sentinel beings at their own cost. Quite frankly this is unacceptable and needs to stop, which is why the AWPC ask you the following questions once again. Inside, full correspondence to date.

 

Craig Thomson

President, Australian Wildlife Protection Council

502 Waterfall Gully Road, Rosebud 3939

craig.awpc@gmail.com

0474 651 292

Mark Lawrence

Melbourne Water Project Manager

990 La Trobe Street Docklands VIC 3008

PO Box 4342 Melbourne VIC 3001

rbupgrades@melbournewater.com.au

Dear Mr. Lawrence,

Re: your response to my email sent 23/1/2018 about the Lee St Retarding Basin Upgrades

Overall, it was a very disappointing response, especially as most of your answers are already available on your community information sheet. Only two questions were answered satisfactorily; were you confirmed that you have forwarded my query about the sale of Melbourne Water land to the relevant department and the dates of the pre-fauna survey. We have spent a great deal of time putting these questions to you because of the lack of information provided by Melbourne Water to concerned members of the community.

Is Melbourne Water concerned about genuine community consultation and being transparent to the community to whom they provide an essential service? The Australian Wildlife Protection Council (AWPC) will be putting in a Freedom of Information request for the documents you have not supplied, including the ec...

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Monday, 05 February

07:22

Noose tightens on apartment construction "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Noose tightens

A range of factors have come together to kill the apartment construction boom in its tracks.

These have included:

-tighter capital controls in China
-a stamp duty surcharge for non-resident buyers
-a 'vacancy tax' for unoccupied dwellings not made available for rent
-changes to the foreign resident capital gains tax regime
-significant limits to depreciation deductions
-travel costs for landlords being disallowed as a deduction
-changes to the CGT main residence exemption for foreign buyers & temporary residents
-considerably tighter lending criteria Down Under

And some other stuff.

The truth is Australian residents finance the purchase of relatively few new apartments in the larger developments, so if investors aren't buying then it's difficult for developers to secure enough pre-sales to get projects off the ground.

At the last official count we saw that there were still around 152,000 attached dwellings under construction for the July to September 2017 period.

But that was months ago, and this is now.

By today in February 2018 the number of apartments under construction might already have nosedived by about 20 per cent, as a swathe of Sydney completions has hit the market. 

And the latest building approvals figures suggest the downtrend is now locked in.

This may prove to be a plus for landlords as rental markets tighten, while Alex Joiner of IFM Investors notes an eyebrow-raising ~45,000 Airbnb listings in Melbourne and its surrounds, representing huge growth, which may in turn help to explain vacancy rates in the Victorian capital having nudged multi-year lows in 2017. 

Meanwhile macropruden...

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Sunday, 04 February

18:40

35 YEARS IN ONE DAY "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Scott Tinkler

Scott Tinkler

PICTORIAL RETROSPECTIVE

Melbourne Jazz Co-operatives 35th Anniversary celebration, Sunday 28 January from 12.30pm to 8.30pm, Moreland City Band Hall, 16-22 Cross Street, Brunswick East

To celebrate its 35th Anniversary, the MJC held an eight-hour music feast featuring eight outstanding groups. This line-up for this big-arse Sunday equivalent (remember those?) was, I believe, put together by Eugene Ball. Lets hear it for EB, because it was fantastically diverse music, not without its challenges for the listener which is as it should be.

With excellent food available, a great community vibe, some penetrating (and often unanswered) questions for Martin Jackson from MC Ronny Ferella, and hours of music in a cool venue on a hot day, this celebration was a huge success. Kellie Jayne Chambers wasnt there on the day, but also deserves plaudits for her work beforehand setting up the venue.

Here are some image galleries from the days performances.

12.30pm Andrea Kellers Masters & Apprentices

I arrived late and caught only the last of this set. The mixing of experienced musicians with talented young players is great as a concept and in practice. As with all of Kellers projects, this worked well and delivered quality mus...

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Sunday, 05 November

09:53

Australias ambition to become global arms dealer "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

My major investigation in the Melbourne Age/Sydney Morning Herald on Australias surging defence industry:

This years Avalon Air Show in Geelong was the first chance for the public to see the long-delayed Joint Strike Fighter in action. At a cost of at least $100 million per aircraft, Canberra is slated to spend $17 billion on 72 F-35s in the coming years.

Manufacturer Lockheed Martin, the worlds biggest defence contractor, has faced countless problems with the plane including cost blowouts (spending more than $US1 trillion and counting), a Pentagon report in January finding 276 deficiencies (with 20 new issues discovered per month) and consistent troubles with overheating and cybersecurity. An Australian contractor on the aircraft was recently hacked, with sensitive material stolen.

None of this dampened the mood at Avalon. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, along with Defence Minister Marise Payne, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne and Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, praised the plane and Australias growing defence sector.

It is an example of how our defence industry plan is not simply securing our Air Force and our Army and our Navy with the capabilities they need to keep us safe in the 21st century, Turnbull said. It is driving the advanced manufacturing, the jobs, the advanced technology that Australians need to make sure our children and grandchildren have the opportunities in the years ahead.

Billed as Australias premiere showcase of defence, civilian and aerospace equipment, sponsored by the worlds major defence companies such as BAE Systems, Raytheon, Thales, L3, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, along with Australias Department of Defence and the Victorian Labor government, this year was the largest in Avalons history, with over 210,000 people in attendance.

But away from Avalons glitzy surface, and its promotion of a family-friendly event to watch the worlds most sophisticated aircraft, is a darker reality. Australias defence sector has hugely expanded in  recent years with barely any public discussion, let alone debate in federal parliament.

Its a nearly impossible task to discover exactly what Australia is selling and to whom be...

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Thursday, 19 October

16:25

Smart Arts 10 October 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Richard sits down with producer of Melbourne music festival participant Germinal Marine Thevenet, co-creators of  The book of exodus part ll Adena Jacobs and Aaron Orzech, ending with a look at the old Melbourne Gaol in The Ballad of Reading Gaol, accompanied by performer Marco Lorenzio and director Alice XXX.

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Monday, 16 October

16:38

Zero G - 16 October 2017 Episode 1155 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1155 Title:BETWEEN THE GOOD PLACE AND HELA

Podcast Title: The Good Pod 1155

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: new trailers; the HELA action figure; and we head to THE GOOD PLACE.

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Sunday, 15 October

13:15

Eat It - 15 October 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

It's a cracking Spring day in Melbourne, and we started today's show with a chat to Dr Rosemary Stanton about the government's Health Star Rating website and some of the issues and challenges still being faced by public health advocates.

The chef behind Northcote's Camus restaurant Pierre Khodja popping to the studio to talk about Algerian cuisine, its origins and influences, and some of the key ingredients he uses each day.

To finish the show, Good Food writer Dani Valent spoke about her recent FULL POINTS review of Melbourne's Miznon restaurant and why such a casual eatery is soooo freaking good.

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Thursday, 12 October

14:00

Smart arts 12 October 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

On this Melbourne Festival special, Richard sits down with the director of Cambodian Living Arts, Phloeun Prim to chat about the historically resonant A Requiem for Cambodia: Bangsokol; All the Sex Ive Ever Had's Co-Director Alice Flemming and cast member Bea pop in, and Phillip Adams mysteriously lifts the curtain on his musical/play EVER.

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Tuesday, 10 October

12:49

Uncommon Sense - 10 October 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

This week on Uncommon Sense, Tim Wright, Asia-Pacific Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons spoke to host Amy Mullins about their Nobel Peace Prize win; Author George Megalogenis came in to speak on the history and current state of play of Australian politics and how the parties have shifted ideologically in different ways over time, as well as his participation in the The Festival of Questions at the The Wheeler Centre; and Amy spoke to Naomi Cass and Pippa Milne, co-curators of 'An Orthodox Flow of Images', an exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, part of the Melbourne Festival. Plus Crikey's deputy editor Sally Whyte on the latest in federal politics.

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Monday, 09 October

17:25

Zero G - 9 October 2017 Episode 1154 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1154 Title:DO JANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC PEEPS

Podcast Title: Replipod 1154

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we shoot into space and the future with THE ORVILLE and BLADE RUNNER 2049.

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13:21

The Grapevine - 9 October 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

This week Kulja speaks with Dr. Dave Nichols about Melbourne City Council's plan to be more skateboard friendly

Then, Anne Martinelli from Environment Victoria comes on the show to talk about rental reform

Finally, Amanda Dunn talks about her book The New Puberty, about puberty occurring earlier in a child's life and how to talk to them about it

 

 

12:23

Multi-Storied - 27 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Writer Stuart Kells talks about his love of libraries, which he explores in new book The Library; University of Melbourne academic Jared Horvath talks about his research into the impact of binge-watching television; and spoken word artist and poet Santo Cazzati chats about his spoken word opera Northcote Plaza Time. With presenter Louise Irving.

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Friday, 06 October

11:22

Breakfasters - 2 - 6 October 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Professor Gillian Triggs talks about her views on the most pressing human rights issues facing Australia right now; comedian Nazeem Hussain talks about his new show Public Frenemy at the Yarraville Club; Geraldine shares her experience at a school reunion in Albury; and the team chat about strange mixed-business combinations. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.

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Tuesday, 03 October

14:00

Zero G - 2 October 2017 Episode 1153 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1153 Title: taH pagh taHbe

Podcast Title: Pod Up Shakespeare 1153

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Interview with designer CHANTELLE GERARD, and artistic director MILES GREGORY about the Pop Up Globe, happening right now. And discover a little bit of the new Trek, with STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.

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Thursday, 28 September

11:47

Breakfasters - 25 - 29 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Showko Showfukutei came in to talk about her Melbourne Fringe Rakugo and ventriloquism comedy show Absolutely Normal, and Dr Heather Benbow discussed the ramifications of the recent German election. David Astle also came in regarding his Gargantuan Book of Words. Geraldine talks about an interesting tram journey she had recently, and there was a discussion about winning the lottery. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.

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Tuesday, 26 September

23:30

Greening the Apocalypse - 26 September 2017 - The environmentalist with a chainsaw, Rowan Reid "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Our guest this episode believes there is a third way which challenges the dichotomous view that when it comes to forestry, one ought to be either a conservationist or profiteer. Rowan Reid is a scientist and himself a farmer and forester. Hes also been a Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Uni for 20 years, and is the managing director of the not-for profit Australian Agroforestry Foundation. He won the 2001 Australian Eureka Prize for Excellence in Environmental Education for his farmer course: The Australian Master TreeGrower). His farm Bambra Agroforestry Farm in the Otway Ranges is set up as an outdoor classroom and living laboratory for tree growing, and it has had over 10,000 visitors come on tours. Since 1985 hes written or co-authored nine books on related topics, the latest of which and surely his magnum opus, is truly wonderful Heartwood: The Art and Science of Growing Trees for Conservation and Profit.

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Monday, 25 September

16:56

Zero G - 25 September 2017 Episode 1152 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1152 Title:EGGS OVER EASY

Podcast Title: Wild Blue Podder 1152

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Off we wander into the comic cosmos with Elizabeth Davie, Ezel Doruk & Shannan Lim from the Melbourne Fringe show, The Yonder, we bespeak Kingsman II: The Golden Circle, and get some androids to have Electric Dreams with the new Phillip K. Dick S.F anthology series on Stan.

 

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13:33

The Grapevine - 25 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

This week Dylan speaks with associate professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, Tilman Ruff returns to the show to talk about a nuclear weapons treaty

Then, Liz Mitchell from Totally Mild comes on the show to talk about performing for Girls Rock! Melbourne

Finally, Dr. Bruce Lindsay from Environmental Justice Australia comes on the show to talk about the new legislation to protect the Yarra River

 

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Thursday, 21 September

15:07

Smart Arts 21 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Richard is joined by Simon Maidment from the NGVA about their new work Gareth Sansom: Transformer, Perth centred Fringe performers Mark Storen and Georgia King in the work The One; and finally Flying Fruit Fly Circus artistic director Jodie Farrugia chats about Junk showing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. 

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Tuesday, 19 September

14:30

Zero G - 18 September 2017 Episode 1151 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1151 Title:You're Next

Podcast Title: Invasion of the poddy snatchers 1151

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: interview with Zero-G fave ROB LLOYD about his Melbourne Fringe show INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS; and we head to the sewers to float with IT.

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Sunday, 17 September

13:26

Eat It - 17 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

It finally feels like Spring! And we started today's Springy show talking to Michelle Barnett who is organising an event as part of the Do It In A Dress charity to raisse money for girls education in Sierra Leone and Uganda. You can find more info and donate at the Chef It In A Dress page.

The Forum is one of the great rooms in Melbourne, and David & Gareth from the Mariner Group joined us to talk about its recent renovation. How the hell do you reliably cook good food for 1000 people? (answer: planning!)

Finally the great Hilary McNevin wandered into the studio to speak about one of life's conundrums: how you can prepare your offspring to omve out of the house. We spoke about kitchen essentials, and the importance of getting kids confident in the kitchen as they grow up.

 

Friday, 15 September

17:06

Multi-Storied 13 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Miles Franklin award winner Sofie Laguna talks about her new novel The Choke; Writer Sophie Cunningham explores the art of writing celebrity profiles; Beth Driscoll from the University Of Melbourne talks about the impact of Amazon on the Australian publishing and book retail sector.

 

With presenter Elizabeth McCarthy.

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