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Wednesday, 23 August


MACKAY Woman accused of dealing ice in the Mackay region "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY August 23, 2017 at 06:45AM ,

Woman accused of dealing ice in the Mackay region

August 23, 2017 at 06:45AM ,

Lau appeared briefly in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, represented by Cassandra Adorni-Braccesi of Wallace & Wallace Lawyers.

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Wordless Wednesday 23082017 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Cityscape      Filed under: Architecture, Australia, Photography, Travel Tagged: Australia, Brisbane City, Cityscape, Edits, Filter, Photo Art, Wordless Wednesday


It's time for Queensland to shine "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Queensland picking up

Hot on the heels of the SEEK survey, comes another positive set of job ads figures.

Total job advertisements are now +26 per cent higher than at the 2013 nadir, according to the Department of Employment. 

After a torrid time since 2013, Queensland is now leading the way forward, with the strongest annual increase from around the states. 


Many of the finest opportunities over the decade ahead will be found in the Sunshine State.

Townsville is set for an economic lift following a torrid few years, while Cairns, Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast will continue to benefit from the Chinese tourism boom.

Then there is the Commonwealth Games coming up in 2018, which will be another welcome boost for Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 

Of course, the above figures are only one measure of what's going down (or up) in the Queensland economy.

ANZ's 'Stateometer' covers a considerably broader set of measures, and showed Queensland accelerating back to life in the June quarter.....


Job ads not too shabby "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Jobs market firing up

Job ads are now a very solid +12.6 per cent higher than a year ago according to SEEK.

Aside from a brief 14-month period in 2007/8, the index has never been higher - although there are more part time jobs advertised today. 

Ads continued to accelerate in New South Wales (+7.3 per cent) and Victoria (+14.1 per cent).

But it was heartening to see that the southern states are now contributing, with a scorching +22 per cent increase in Tasmania in particular. 

The strongest performing industry was mining, and this was reflected by improving numbers in Western Australia (+16.8 per cent), South Australia, and the Northern Territory. 

Queensland also produced a vastly improved result, up by +20.2 per cent over the year, the best result since 2011. 

Advertised salaries are also rising solidly, while the number of applicants per advertised position is also in a pleasing decline. 

Lovely jubbly.


Divorce and long ride inspires Naz Bags "GroovUs Feed Anews"

An Aussie woman has started the Naz Bags canvas motorcycle luggage company after being inspired by the Long Way Round and a year-long motorbike adventure following her divorce.

Narelle Naz Lyons, of Aratula in Queenslands Scenic Rim, says she has been riding since she was 16, but only started riding seriously about eight years ago.

I started off with a Virago, but after watching Long Way Round I knew I had to get an adventure bike, Naz says.

It was a Suzuki DR650 and when my husband suddenly left me a year later I sold up and travelled Australia on it. It was mostly just me and my tent. I loved it.

As I had spent a year travelling on a bike I had a lot of ideas about luggage.

So the marketing and design graduate started Naz Bags about a year ago, making affordable, high-quality canvas motorcycle luggage and tool bags from tough Australian canvas.Narelle

I was working with my sister-in-law, Janine, doing horse rug repairs, she says.

I had sewn most of my life but not so industrially. Janine is a professional machinist who makes horse float covers and she offered me machines to work on and some scrap canvas to see what I could develop.

Naz says her tool rolls are her best seller.

I designed these because when I travelled Oz on my bike it frustrated me digging around in a tool bag to find what I needed, especially in Central Australia in the heat, she says.

They have a strap at the back so they can be attached in lots of different places on a bike. Mine is attached so that I can open it to roll down my seat....


Blindman Death Stare "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Sat Sept 9 THE ZOO
ENTRY: $12

Fresh off the back of their shows with Night Birds, Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare will be tearing Sonnys a new fire exit alongside supports Kill Dirty Youth, Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up & Hound.

By September, theyll be in the midst of an extensive national tour to promote the release of their first full-length album titled ITLL GROW ON YA, released July 26th on Arrest Records.

The tour starts at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane, on July 29th alongside The Meanies, The Bennies, The Porkers and many more.
They will then be joined by Melbourne ratbags Kill Dirty Youth for the remainder of the tour, playing over 20 dates spanning most of Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the video for the first single off the record, Spike My Drink But Dont Take My Kidneys.

Tickets on sale now via oztix. For more info head to

The post Blindman Death Stare appeared first on The Zoo.



Stallholder Profile for Grandpa's Toys

Your name:  David Burrage
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
The suburb/town you live in now: Alton Downs Qld (we have a workshop in Marian also which we share with Blacklist Prints)
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Handmade wooden toys for toddlers through to 80 year old. I use carpentry and furniture making skills to create my toys


Explosive Podcast interview revealing David Walter Kangaroo Court Case "GroovUs Feed Apodcasts"

Harry Palmer from Australian Patriot Radio conducted an interview with John ?? who delivers a mine field of information of how QLD Beaty government manipulated the system to remove all peoples rights without them knowing, they do not even own their own property and that David Walter exposing this and more is being silenced by a corrupt judicial system about to collapse.

There are two parts to this podcast you need to hear to be informed Click the pic below to listen


New laws following Dreamworld disaster "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pays her respects, laying a wreath outside the Dreamworld Theme Park on Thursday. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pays her respects, laying a wreath outside the Dreamworld Theme Park on Thursday. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Industrial manslaughter laws will be introduced in Queensland following the Dreamworld ride accident that killed four people.

Safety around amusement rides will also be tightened, including increased inspections and record keeping by operators, and possible licensing of people operating rides.

Older rides may also be closed down if they dont meet standards.

The changes follow the recommendations of a best practice review, commissioned after last years Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids ride disaster and a fatal workplace accident at Eagle Farm racecourse last year.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace says the government will introduce new maintenance, operation and competency requirements for the inspection and operation of park rides, and the industrial manslaughter law.

She says the the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill seeks to implement the 58 recommendations in the Best Practice Review.

Under our proposed laws, the maximum penalty for industrial manslaughter will be 20 years imprisonment for an individual, with a maximum fine of $10 million for a corporate offender, she said in a statement.

Importantly, companies wont be able to hide behind elaborate corporate structures to evade their responsibilities.

She said families affected by workplace deaths could take heart that individuals or companies responsible will be held to account under our laws.

Our harsher penalties will serve as a deterrent to employers who are tempted to cut corners when it comes to safety in the workplace.

Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi were killed last October 25 when the Thunder River Rapids ride malfunctioned.

The ride has been decommissioned.

On October 6, Ashley Morris, 34, and Humberto Leite, 55, were killed when a 10-tonne concrete slab fell on them in a pit...


The National have just announced an Aussie tour for 2018 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

For the first time since 2014, The National are heading back to Australia for a series of what are bound to be amazing headline performances.

The US indie-rockers have announced a series of Aussie dates for February and March next year, with the group set to bring their live shows to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne audiences.

The Nationals 2018 Aussie tour will follow the release of their long-awaited seventh recordSleep Well Beast, which is due for release on September 8th. So of course, this means that this will be the first time Aussie audiences get to sample the groups new record in a live setting.

The National were last in the country back in 2016 for a one-off performance at Byron Bays Bluesfest, but Aussie fans have had to wait since 2014 for a headline tour. Now, with tour dates announced, and a new record only weeks away, things are looking pretty good.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 1st. For more information in regards to dates, ticketing, and pre-sales, check the details below.

While we wait for The National to touch down on Aussie shores, check out their newest single The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.

The National Australian Tour 2018

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets on sale 9am, Friday, September 1st.

For tickets and pre-sale info, visit Handsome Tours website.


Is a leather seat better than vinyl? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Is leather better than vinyl when it comes to choosing the best seat for your motorcycle?

We asked longtime motorcycle seat upholsterer John Moorhouse of Ergo Seats in Brisbane for his advice when we dropped off our Ducati GT1000 seat for a new cover and comfortable foam.

Is a leather seat better than vinyl? John Moorhouse Ergo SeatsJohn with our Ducati GT1000

The seat will be ready in five days and it will apparently take about 1000km to bed in, so we will give you a full review of the performance level in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, theres that issue of whether to go for leather or vinyl.

John talked us into leather, although he says customers are split about 50/50 on the choice.

Leather looks great and, if you look after it, I wont see you back, he says.

Thats not good business but they last 30 years or more if looked after.

He suggests dressing the leather with lanolin or a special crocodile oil mixture.

That makes sense as Ive never seen a croc with old-age wrinkles!

Crocodile seat Is a leather seat better than vinyl? John Moorhouse Ergo SeatsCroc skin seat

John says he mainly works with cow leather, but he gets requests for croc skin, kangaroo, emu, snake and even stingray which has an unusual finish.

I havent used stingray yet as you need special...


MACKAY Naked violent crim on rooftop a waste of time "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY August 22, 2017 at 01:56PM ,

Naked violent crim on rooftop a waste of time

August 22, 2017 at 01:56PM ,

Bell fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to nine charges from March 27, April 1, and several other occasions. Charges

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MACKAY Drunk man licked stranger, then punched a hero "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY August 22, 2017 at 11:52AM ,

Drunk man licked stranger, then punched a hero

August 22, 2017 at 11:52AM ,

been in a bar with a friend and the defendant walked up and licked her on the cheek, prosecutor Shelby Larcombe told Mackay Magistrates Court.

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Tuesday, 22 August


Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82077 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport with Two RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook Helicopters Central Queensland Plane Spotting

Before dawn on Tuesday 22 August, Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82077 made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport, touching down direct from Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore as VDA4962.

It parked on Gate 6 at the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron and after Customs and Border Force duties were finalised, the Antonov commenced unloading with the its front landing gear being raised and the aircraft placed into its unique 'kneeling' position to allow the unloading of its cargo.  On this flight, a pair of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters - believed to be serials '88190' and '88192' - were unloaded.  It was interesting to note that 88192 still wears its commemorative tail flash for the Chinook's 20th anniversary with the RSAF!



Trip Report - Esk Weekend Away Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog

Black Falcon [Steve Popple pic]
Another successful weekend away for our group with good company and good birds and wildlife.

Blue billed Duck [poor pic by Ken Cross]
The weekend started at 5-30pm on the friday afternoon or it was going to start then however one of our number was delayed by a massive fire which caused a chaos that in turn caused massive traffic delays. It was soon forgotten though as we drove up over the Blackall Range through Mapleton and Maleny before dropping down west of Peachester enroute to Kilcoy and our evening meal. Next stop was our digs for a two night stay - Esk Caravan Park.


Four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Also at Rockhampton Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

Also popping into Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 22 August was four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters.  They looked to fly in together from the North and were heard to be using the one radio callsign of "Apocalypse".

They four MRH-90s are believed to be flown by 'A Squadron' of the 5th Aviation Regiment based at Townsville.  They were identified as A40-009, A40-013, A40-019 and A40-035.


August 2017 Bits & Pieces sunshinecoastbirds

Little Wattlebird & young

Winter is almost at an end and for the second year running, the resident Little Wattlebirds have raised a single youngster at what should be the wrong time the year. The birds have taken a liking to the porch hanging baskets, having nested in three different baskets. Like last year, they laid in July. The young bird successfully left the nest three weeks ago and although it appears fully grown, it continues to be fed by the parents. They are expected to soon begin nesting for the second time this year.



A Brisbane venue refuses entry to Denmarks Prince Frederik over his I.D. "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Many Brisbane venues havent exactly been stoked about the mandatory introduction of the I.D. scanners that are apparently intended to keep the city safe, and one venue has just had a particularly embarrassing issue as a result of the new tech, causing them to turn away Denmarks Crown Prince (and husband of former Aussie Princess Mary) because of his I.D.

As Fairfax reports, the 49 year old royal was declined entry to the Eagle St Piers Jade Buddha bar just before midnight on Friday, as he didnt have any sort of identification compatible with the scanners an issue that is causing problems for many tourists as well.

The understandably shocked prince and his group left the area, but came back 15 minutes later with the 7 Queensland police officers assigned to his dignitary protection unit, who explained to the venue manager that the I.D. requirements didnt apply to foreign royals, as theyd been granted the authority of the Office of Liquor and Gaming to let the poor bloke in.

Brisbane I.D. laws a nightmare

Venue co-owner Phil Hogan eventually made his way to the front of the venue to try to save everyone from further embarrassment summed up how a lot of locals feel about the scanners, which cost $8000 each to install, and became mandatory for anyone operating within the citys Safe Night precincts after 10pm, with the only alternative an option to shift closing time from 2am or 3am to midnight.

Its a stupid law. We always thought it was going to be a nightmare, Mr Hogan said. Its happening all the time and the whole thing has been a nightmare from a tourist point of view. Its just a nonsense. Its a real over-reaction.

This is just the tip of the iceberg with the Prince, he continued. Its happening all the time with normal people.

The introduction of I.D. scanners has been on the table for years, with many arguing that their introduction would create a nightmare in terms of logistics and privacy, and as Fairfax notes, Brisbane venues have reported having to turn away everyone from respected foreign business people to backpackers and tourists often in large numbers and causing significant losses to the venue owners.

While anyone with a less conventional form of I.D. is at risk of being turned away, Fairfax reports that Attorney-General Yvette DAth has described the issues following the July 1 introduction as teething problems, and will be consulting with venues as the rollout continues.

Perhaps theyd best ask the Crown Prince of Denmark for his thoughts on the matter....


AGM Wednesday, 23 Aug List of Nominees blog

<p>Congratulations to the 2017/2018 Executive Committee who were nominated unopposed. They are - President: Cesare Callioni; Vice President, Peter Carey; Treasurer, Carol Sendall; Secretary, Desley Dixon.</p>
&lt;p&gt;Financial Members attending the AGM will hear the 2016/2017 Annual Report and vote on the five Management Committee positions for 2017/2018. &lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p&gt;Nominees for the five management committee positions, in alphabetical order, are: BettJoy Alley, Barry Barwick, Trevor Franklin, Ann Hopwell, Ross McLean, Linda Nemith and Beate Tayler. &lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p&gt;There will be a short biography on each nominee handed out, to read before the meeting commences, and a 2-minute speech from each nominee.&lt;/p&gt;


Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Where theres mining there is no justice

Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.

The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine. The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, Where theres mining there is no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth. We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.

The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.

Adani is a company that has no money, is subject to investigations for multi-million dollar corruption and fraud in its own country, and doesnt have an economically viable project.

As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on.

The Minister had no business issuing those mining leases. Granting the leases is proof that the...


I Hope You Catch Yellow Fever and Die "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im not your fetish. Im not easy for you to obtain, and Im not an object of your affections.

I am a Chinese girl with a dark complexion, green hair and a loud mouth. I am a Chinese girl who has spent most of her life living in the city of Brisbane, a predominantly white populated city in Australia. Ive tackled bullying and ignorance and ostracisation, and Ive been hated because of the pigment of my skin. But Ive also tackled with the other extreme Ive been loved because of my brown complexion; Ive been completely adored.

Ive spent the last few weeks living in Japan, and Ive seen millions of faces perpetually pass me by, sometimes animated and sometimes still. These faces share physical features similar to mine. This is a rare few weeks where I no longer look like the token, no longer look the minority. It is liberating to see billboards and advertisements where I see beauty products that cater to the tough Asian hair and makeup that flatters my almond shaped eyes.

Nah Im not going to thank you. Its not a compliment. This double edged sword really only has one side to it. Its sharpness seems dulled, but really, it cuts through you like a knife. By coming up to me, a complete stranger, and making such a broad statement, I am being sliced open by the concept of interchangeability. I am being dehumanised in a way that I am seen through rose-tinted glasses that make me blend into the next flower in sight. I am one of the same, and the fetishiser is the person who gazes at me lovingly because I fit into this pool of women that they have decided to invent and drown in.

Have you ever been greeted with I love Asian women the first time you met somebody? Have you ever been greeted with a sentence so general, so broad, that it goes over your head? You hear said statement and youre thrown into a mode where you wonder, Is that a compliment? You do a double take. How do you respond? Thank you?

In a society where my looks are no longer considered exotic, where my eyes arent made fun of and my features are not other-ed, I still see non-Asian people making it a point to become involved with locals. I see mediocrity and low self-esteem rear its head and lurch itself at me: they think Im going be ena...

Monday, 21 August


A Couple of Other Bizjets Around CQ Airports This Week "GroovUs Feed Anews"

It's been another busy week for corporate bizjet movements around CQ - as highlighted with a couple of arrivals into Rockhampton Airport as posted below.  Here is a quick summary of some of the other bizjet comings and goings around various CQ Airports this week.

File photo taken by Ben May  

On Friday 18 August, Cirrus (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SQY arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from its Wagga Wagga base via Bankstown.  Also visiting Hamo on Friday was Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO.  It arrived from and later departed back to its Bankstown base.

UPDATE!  VH-WIO completed another return flight from Bankstown into Hamilton Island Airport and back on Saturday 19 August.

Also visiting Hamo this week was Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW which popped in from Brisbane on Tuesday 15 August, while Shortstop Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900C bizjet VH-OAA departed to Melbourne (Essendon) also on Tuesday after arriving from there two days prior.

Elsewhere, on Thursday 17 August, both Queensland Government (State of Queensland) aircraft - Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY and Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ - were noted flying around CQ.

I saw VH-SGY arriving into Clermont Aerodrome from Brisbane.  It soon after departed to Moranbah Airport before later flying into Townsville.  It returned to Brisbane on Friday 18 August.  While VH-SGQ flew into Mackay Airport from Brisbane.


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