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Monday, 19 September

21:46

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - RSAF Boeing F-15SG "Shikra" Strike Eagles Start Flying Sorties out of Rockhampton Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Monday 19 September, the six six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base commenced flying sorties as a part of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016 - and several local plane spotters were at and around Rockhampton Airport to capture the action!


They flew in two waves - departing in three flights of two in the morning between 10.30am and 12pm - returning around 1pm.  And then again in three flights of two in the afternoon from around 3pm - returning around 5.30pm.







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21:22

A Few Bizjets Come and Go at CQ Airports Over the Last Few Days Central Queensland Plane Spotting

Several locally-based corporate bizjets have been noted flying in and out of some Central Queensland Airports over the last few days.

On Sunday 18 September at Hamilton Island Airport, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW visited once again, this time calling in from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.  Also arriving into Hamo was GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-NSB.  It touched down from Melbourne (Essendon).  While it appears that Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT departed Hamilton Island Airport for Essendon also on Sunday 18 September after it had arrived from there on Thursday 15 September.

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And at the time of writing, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B bizjet VH-LMP is scheduled to call into Hamilton Island Airport from Essendon on Tuesday 20 September.  It will then depart to Sydney.

At Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 September, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" called in from Brisbane.  It departed back to the capital a little while later.


VH-VVI also called into Rocky on Friday 16 September (as shown above).  On this occasion, it touched down from Barcaldine.  It then departed to Mackay before flying back to Brisbane.

Also calling into Rockhampton Airport on Friday 16 September was Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW which touched down from Archerfield and Toowoomba.



On Monday 19 September, VH-TFW is pictured above departing Rocky on return to Archerfield.

Finally late Thursday 15 September, (former) Rockhampton based Cessna 550 Citation II Bizjet VH-JMK was noted flying from the Sunshi...

21:16

Newly Discovered Wetland on Sunshine Coast sunshinecoastbirds

West Coolum Wetland
While negotiations continue in the hope of resolving the future of the Yandina Creek Wetland, it has emerged that the Sunshine Coast Council owns a substantial area of land with similar wetland and grassland habitat.

Google Earth map of West Coolum Wetland
I stumbled across the land between the Sunshine Coast Motorway and the Coolum Creek Reserve while kayaking along Coolum Creek, finding a slashed but somewhat overgrown track that extended from the old cane train bridge crossing the creek to the motorway.


Sunshine Coast Council my maps of site

What's more, there are some nice birds there. In an extensive area of mangrove fern, I heard and saw briefly an Australian Spotted Crake - a very rare species in south-east Queensland that has also been recorded at Yandina Creek. I heard about 10 Spotless Crakes, seeing two.

Spotless Crake
I also heard 8 Lewin's Rails and saw one, along with a Buff-banded Ra...

19:53

Guy Martin crashes in speed attempt Motorbike Writer

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordGuy Martin has crashed in tricky course conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats in pursuit of a 400mph Triumph Motorcycles Land Speed Record attempt.

With clear sun and virtually no wind, rider Guy Martin set off from mile marker 9 to record his FIM-required certification run.

Setting off smoothly, Guy was making good power in mile one when the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner lost traction on a damp section of the salt surface, causing the rear of the machine to step out of line and the streamliner to go down on the course. Guy was completely uninjured in the incident, however the streamliner will now require a full inspection before any further runs can take place.

“It’s one of the challenges of Land speed racing – the salt surface can be so unpredictable. We’ll fully inspect the streamliner and get ready for the next phase of our attempt,” commented Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer Matt Markstaller.

Rider Guy Martin added: “It’s all part the job boy, isn’t it? Feeling our way. I guess if it was an easy thing to do everyone would have done it by now.  So we’ll get a plan sorted and get on with the next go at it as soon as we get the chance.”

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordThe Larrikin TT racer and TV presenter is piloting the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner on the famous Bonneville salt flats in an attempt to beat the current 376.8mph (605.697Km/h) record, set in 2010, on the 11 mile (17.7km) course.

The record bid was further set back at the weekend when the streamliner tipped over in a rut while being towed.

In testing last month Guy hit 274.2mph (441.2km/h) which is a record for a Triumph, but well short of his target.

“Everyone was dead happy, but that’s just one step to where we want to be. The current record is 376.36mph, so a way to go yet,” he said.

“I got the hang of steering the thing pretty qu...

17:00

MV Agusta has surprises in store Motorbike Writer

Giovanni Castiglioni MV Agusta boss surprises

Giovanni Castiglioni

MV Agusta claims it is back on its financial feet, winning a major design accolade and unveiling a couple of surprises at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November.

One of those surprises is believed to be an all-new Brutale with a Euro4-compliant 998cc engine, down from 1078cc, but expected to be more powerful (192hp and 111Nm).

New MV Augusta Brutale surprise surprises

New MV Agusta Brutale

Motorcycle News has reported company boss Giovanni Castiglioni saying the Milanese factory is now again producing its full range of existing and upcoming models.

Earlier this year the company restructured its finances, which seemed to be code for spiralling into bankruptcy.

The Australian and New Zealand distributor of MV Agusta, Urban Moto Imports (UMI), met last week with Giovanni and witnessed a busy production line at the famous Schiranna factory where their latest order of the Brutale 800 and F3 RC models took shape.




 

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15:57

Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, Lewin's Rail at West Coolum Wetland reported by Greg Roberts on 19-09-2016 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Newly discovered Sunshine Coast wetland. 1 Spotted Crake heard and seen; 10 Spotless Crakes heard, 2 seen; 8 Lewin's Rail heard, 1 seen

15:40

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour

Josh Pyke and Bob Evans, two of Australia’s best-loved singer-songwriters, have announced a national co-headline tour which will take them around the country from the tail-end of November into December, with plenty of regional and major city stops along the way.

Kicking off at The Gov in Adelaide on 24th November, Evans and Pyke will be taking their respected discographies through Mannum, Dunsborough, Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, and Belgrave, before finishing up in Melbourne.

It’s been 10 years since the first Evening with Josh and Bob tour and each performer is looking forward to honouring the milestone. “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect,” said Evans.

“We were both very much still finding our feet. Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes. Bah, who am I kidding? We’re not that different 10 years on.”

Tickets for the reunion will go on pre-sale on 9am Wednesday, 21st September and will be available to the public at 9am Friday, 23rd September. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details.

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans National Tour Dates

Thursday, 24th November 2016
The Gov, Adelaide

Friday, 25th November 2016
The Pretoria, Mannum

Saturday, 26th November 2016
Clancys Fishpub, Dunsborough

Sunday, 27th November 2016
Live At The Orchard, Perth

Friday, 2nd December 2016
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

Saturday, 3rd December 2016
Solbar, Sunshine Coast

Sunday, 4th December 2016
Soundlounge, Gold Coast

Thursday, 8th December 2016
48 Watt St, Newcastle

Friday, 9th December 2016
The Factory, Sydney

Saturday, 10th December 2016
The Street Theatre, Canberra

Thursday, 15th December 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

Friday, 16th December 2016
Corner Hotel, Melbourne

15:14

Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP

Brisbane reggae stalwarts Kingfisha are back with their second album Offered It Up, having kept us waiting a long time since their 2012 self-titled debut record put them squarely on the map.

After such a long interval that’s seen the band touring internationally, it’s good to have them back – and the band are glad to have the album out after a lengthy recording process.

“We tried some different approaches from our first album,” the band say of the new record. “We worked with some new people and the production feels a step up. It wasn’t the easiest of processes, but to hear it as one piece of work, we’re all really happy with how it’s come together.” For a few more tidbits, they’ve also given us their thoughts on each of the tracks, below.

You can listen to Offered It Up below, and catch it live as Kingfisha head out on tour at the end of the month, dates below. The album is available now on ABC Music.

Hold On

This is one of our few political tunes. It started out as a really slow one drop, then we changed the beat added horns and revamped it heaps in the rehearsal room

Dirty Man

The descending vocal melody had been an ear worm for a few months and wasn’t really going anywhere until I was on a flight to Hobart with an old acquaintance and the lyrics and theme became quite apparent. Upon returning to Brisbane we spent a few hours in the studio and ‘Dirty Man’ was complete.

Left It

Incorporating both our strong loves, electronic and roots music. Left it was originally conceived at a sunny afternoon bbq. Lyrically the song is about one of those rare relationships that ends amicably.

The Gold

The verse melody came from our sound guy yawning. From there their was no turning back.

Offered it up

This track is heavily inspired by one of our favourite and widely unknown reggae bands Midnite. It’s one of the slower jams in our repertoire.

Position Steppers

This song took along time to get right in the studio. Feels like we got there in the end. It’s our take on UK Steppers.

In a memory

The melodies and chords came to life the morning after an amazing night we all shared in Reunion Island drinking rum and watching Manu Chao. The lyrics and the rest of the song was finished in a farmhouse in southern France.

Too many words

Was built from the rhythm up. We spent a weekend in the northern rivers swimming, eating and playing music. This rhythm really seemed to stick. It was the last tune completed for the album.

Water Running

This is one of our favourite live tunes. It’s all revolved around the bass line.

Aftermath

The only song on the album that was completed start to finish in the studio. Was a blast having a completely different approach.

Kingfisha Tour Dates

30 Sept – The Jack , Cairns QLD
1 Oct – Wallaby Creek Festival QLD
7 Oct – Torquay Hotel, VIC
8 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
15 Oct – Newtown Social Club, NSW...

12:05

Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour

Some 30 years after their initial disbanding, Aussie post-punk legends The Sunnyboys are getting back together again. The band reformed recently for sold out shows along the East Coast in 2013 and 2014, with a full scale 2015 tour proving fans are still hungry for more.

2017 will see the band reform again, but this time they will be playing their 1981 self-titled debut album in its entirety.

“What a thrill it will be to play our 1st album from start to finish,” says bassist Peter Oxley. “We have never ever done this before. Looking forward to ‘I Can’t Talk to You (reprise)!'”

As if that wasn’t enough for die-hard Sunnyboys fans, Sydney will also be treated to a rare showing of The Flaming Hands and The Shy Impostors as support, the first time all three acts have been on one bill together.

“When Peter Oxley called with the proposition of reforming the Flaming Hands for a gig with the Sunnyboys I jumped at the opportunity,” said Julie Mostyn of The Flaming Hands. “The two bands have a shared history both as friends and as contemporaries that played together in what was a golden era of Australian music.”

Interstate fans wont be missing out either, as the legendary X will be joining the band in Melbourne, while The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson will be playing support in Queensland.

Check out the dates to what will no doubt be the feel good tour of the summer below.

Image credit: Kaye Harrison

Sunnyboys 2017 Tour Dates

February 3rd

Gold Coast, The Nightquarter (only Queensland show)

Special guests: The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson.

February 4th

Sydney, Enmore Theatre

Special guests: Flaming Hands & Shy Impostors

February 10th

Melbourne, The Croxton

Special guests: X.

12:00

Jump completes Evel Knievel stunt Motorbike Writer

A Hollywood stuntman has completed a steam-powered “motorcycle” stunt jump across Snake River Canyon that motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel so famously failed to do in 1974.

Evel fan Eddie Braun, 54, rocketed to about 400mph (643km/h) to jump the 488m across the Idaho canyon on Friday before a parachute deployed and safely brought him back to earth.

He said he had trouble finding sponsors for the jump and paid $US 1.5m of his own money to build a replica of Evel’s Skycycle X-2 and perform the stunt.




 

 

Eddie Braun with Evel Spirit X-2 jump

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Even Knievel Harley-Davidson XL 1000 Sportster jump

09:49

UQ Gatton solar facility to test RedFlow battery storage "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

University of Queensland to add 200kW RedFlow zinc bromine battery to its world-leading solar research facility to test how it helps renewables interact with grid.

06:00

Petition to change Oxley speed zones Motorbike Writer

Oxley Highway petition speed zones

Oxley Highway

Reduced speed zones on the famed Oxley Highway have prompted outrage from riders and sparked a petition to reverse and stop the spread of reduced speed zones along the NSW route.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

The petition over the “ridiculous” speed changes has been started by Wauchope resident Ken Healey after reading about it on Motorbike Writer last week.

“I live in Wauchope and ride the Oxley highway to Gingers Creek every Sunday and have done so for 15 years,” he says.

“I first heard of these changes, as ‘proposed changes’ maybe four years ago at a community event at the golf club. Now, out of nowhere, the changes are taking effect.

“They gave us no warning. No published ads or TV or radio ads, nothing. There was no formal notification. Just the neon signs that have only been there a few days at most.”

Oxley Highway speed zones

Ken on his R 1200 GS

Ken has addressed his petition to the Roads and Maritime Minister Duncan Gay and each time a rider signs it, an email alert will be sent to the Minister’s office.“I and probably thousands of others are cheesed off to say the least.”

The Oxley Highway joins several other great motorcycle roads in Australia with reduced speed limits in an apparent effort to reduce motorcycle crashes. The infamous list includes Mt Glorious Rd, The Great Ocean Rd, The Putty Rd, Bells Line Of Road and The Great Northern Rd.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson says speed zones will change at three locations in the 30km stretch between Wauchope and Long Flat “to improve safety for all road users”.

“The need for these speed zone changes were identified in the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review.”

Oxley Highway speed limit drops zonesThe reduced speed zones include an 80km/h zone dropping to 60km/h near Wauchope and the 100km/h zone near Long Flat reduced to 60km/h.

Over the next year, they are expected to extend up into the mountains with the 100km/h reduced to 70km/h and the 110km/h out to Walcha reduced to 100km/h.

While the reduced speed zones may not slow traffic, they will increase the level of fines for those who ride the highway at the same speed they do now.

Veteran motorcycle journo Mick Matheson says the Oxley Highway is a road all riders should travel at least once in their lives. (See his video below.)

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02:01

Required Reading "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it's adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda)

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it’s adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda, image CATS)

This week, CATS in the London tube, Shriver’s cultural appropriation heard around the world, Clinton’s white supremacy explainer, normalizing Trump, Gawken, and more.

 The opening keynote for the Brisbane Writers Festival was delivered by the American author Lionel Shriver and it caused outrage among those who felt she was dismissive of other cultures in her treatment of minorities. Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who is an Australian Muslim, penned a powerful response:

Her question was — or could have been — an interesting question: What are fiction writers “allowed” to write, given they will never truly know another person’s experience?

Not every crime writer is a criminal, Lionel said, Nor is every author who writes on sexual assault a rapist. “Fiction, by its very nature,” Shriver said, “is fake.”

There is a fascinating philosophical argument here. Instead, however, that core question was used as a straw man. Shriver’s real targets were cultural appropriation, identity politics and political correctness. It was a monologue about the right to exploit the stories of “others”, simply because it is useful for one’s story.

Shriver began by making light of a recent incident in the US, where students faced prosecution for what was argued by some as “casual racial and ethnic stereotyping and cultural insensitivity” at a Mexican-themed party.

“Can you believe,” Shriver asked at the beginning of her speech, “that these students were so sensitive about the wearing of sombreros?”

The audience, compliant, chuckled. I started looking forward to the point in the speech where she was to subvert the argument.

It never came.

Another writer, Suki Kim, also...

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Sunday, 18 September

21:52

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Air New Zealand B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI and Qantas A330-200 VH-EBV 'One World' - Heavy Jet Charters Back at Rockhampton Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Sunday 18 September, Air New Zealand Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI returned to Rockhampton Airport, again touching down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport, but this time as ANZ1923.  Local plane spotter Kayanne H was on hand to capture some great photos as the Dreamliner made its second visit to Rocky in as many days.









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21:29

Frog Signs, Symbols And Spiritual Meaning Spiritual Psychic News Magazine

Ever wondered what the signs of the universe are showing us, Journey, into the messages of the frog and its mystical magical meanings. by psychic medium Ian Scott

20:00

EP 178: Edith Thomas Furey; Undead Apes "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Edith Thomas Furey

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Brightside, Brisbane, 4th March 2016. 

Coming from Brisbane, this one man band is the brain product of Joel Glazebrook. Using an elaborate setup of synths, drum machines, guitars, and loop pedals both in the studio and for live performances, Edith Thomas Furey create catchy new wave post punk with an 80’s feel, with some heavier kind of elements taken straight from the 90’s industrial scene. Since august he has released three singles, with mention of an EP due in the future.

Undead Apes

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Club Greenslopes as part of Sonic Masala Fest, 13th August 2016.

 

Undead Apes are the all star team of punk rock bands from Brisbane in the early 2000’s. They feature Simon Graydon from Sekiden, John Mercer from Greig, and Dick Nasty, Adam Scott from Eat Laser Scumbag!, and Renae Elise from Gazoonga Attack. Their live shows are a complete rarity with their bassist Adam living overseas, but they have still found time to write and record three albums over their lifespan, which have all been released on Brisbane label mere noise records. Their latest album ‘Landfill’ was released on the 14th of June 2016 and features lyrical themes such as astrophysics, recreational use of embalming fluid, tofu, communist brainwashing of youth via rock’n’roll, and affairs of the heart. This set was captured at their only live show of 2016.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th September 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.


17:45

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - More Great Photos as RSAF Boeing F-15SG "Shikra" Strike Eagles Make a Spectacular Arrival at Rockhampton Airport Last Week - Sorties Start MONDAY!! Central Queensland Plane Spotting

You made the previous post one of the most popular on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog ever - and you've asked for more - so here are some more awesome photos captured by local plane spotter Kayanne H on Friday 16 September as six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport.  They were identified wearing the serial numbers: 8310, 8323, 8328, 8332, 8326 and 8327.

As mentioned below, the six F-15s flew up to Rocky from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley in two flights of three and initially completed familiarisation exercises including low overshoots at Rockhampton Airport.







All six then joined together and completed airwork within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) before landing at Rockhampton Airport.  After landing and as they taxied to their parking spots on the Northern Military Hardstand, all six F-15s also stopped at the "Shikra Checker" before proceeding to parking.

17:00

How a beautiful girl endangers riders Motorbike Writer

Actress Danielle Cormack - how a beautiful woman can distract a rider

Actress Danielle Cormack – how a beautiful woman can distract a rider

A beautiful girl can dangerously distract a rider and shake him out of his state of mindfulness or total awareness, says Polish sociologist Jarosław Gibas.

He’s the author of Motorcyclism. Road To Mindfulness which shows a relationship between riding and mindfulness.

Jaroslav says the combination of riding and mindfulness is “surprisingly amazing”. 

His book addresses riders and non-riders and helps them understand the many ideas from the area of sociology, psychology, mystique of Zen and Tao philosophy.Jarosław Gibas author of Motorcyclism. Road To Mindfulness

Jaroslav says safe riders need total awareness which means you can see “absolutely everything”.

“You must be aware of all the different things going on around you, without being attracted to any of them,” he says.

“Being attracted is followed by a chain of thoughts developing; that’s enough to make you drop out of the state of presence, right into the space of a wandering mind where there is no mindfulness at all; there you find judgments and analysis. Thoughts that run will feed your ego.

When you see a beautiful girl while you’re riding your motorcycle and she turns towards you smiling, for sure your mind will be attracted by this event.

“A sequence of thoughts will appear in your head: ‘What a great girl! She smiled! Was it me she liked or was it my motorbike? I bet it was me!’ And so you go on.

“What is happening then? You’re riding your motorcycle without knowing it. Your brain has just switched over to autopilot and it’s guiding you, using behaviours and habits learned before. You are no longer aware of presence. You aren’t present anymore; you’ve stayed with the girl.

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16:56

More Great Photos as Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules Aircraft - A97-467 & A97-468 - Complete 'Community Engagement' at Gladstone Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

As we mentioned below, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft arrived at Gladstone Airport late on Friday 16 September from RAAF Base Williamtown.  They were identified as A97-467 and A97-468 of the RAAF's No. 37 Squadron medium tactical airlift squadron out of RAAF Base Richmond, in New South Wales.


On Saturday 17 September, both Hercs were then involved with what was described as community engagement which included an inspection of both aircraft followed by a local flight up and down the Queensland Coast - South to Fraser Island and North to Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast.  Two detachments of local Air Force Cadets were invited to join the inspections and flight.

Of interest, the two Hercules' flew together and were heard to be using the callsign "Odyssey" as they completed the local flight.

Later on Saturday 17 September, both A97-467 and A97-468 were photographed by local plane spotter Michael F as they departed in very quick succession to RAAF Base Amberley.






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11:20

Bribie Island Bird Watch Extended Outing – Nights 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th October, 2016 Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Support Group Inc.

Bribie Island Extended Outing – Nights 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th October, 2016 Pre-Outing Information and Advice here

07:00

Horizons Unlimited meet for adventurers Motorbike Writer

Horizons Unlimited

The first of only two Horizons Unlimited meetings in Australia this year is being held this weekend in Western Australia with an East Coast meeting in November.

The meetings are designed to provide advice from real-world travellers to other adventurers on everything from first-aid to motorcycle maintenance, GPS advice, photography, camping and much more.

The Horizons Unlimited fourth Western Australia Travellers Meeting is being held at Fairbridge Village (near Pinjarra) from this Friday to Sunday (September 16-18, 2016).Horizons Unlimited

The East Coast meeting is at Jindabyne, NSW, from Friday, November 18, to Sunday, November 20.

Apart from talks, demonstrations, workshops, discussion groups, challenges and competitions, there will also be inspiring films of adventurous worldwide travels.

Horizons Unlimited was founded by Canadians Susan and Grant Johnson in 1997 at the end of an around-the-world trip on a BMW R 80 GS.Horizons Unlimited

Susan told us they wanted to “inspire people to go a little further, to inform them about all the things to do and to make contact with other people who travel”.

The Johnsons have been living in Australia for eight years and are now naturalised Australians.

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02:22

2016 House Of Reps Figures Finalised "GroovUs Feed Anews"

I'm not sure exactly when this happened, but sometime in the last two weeks while I have been away overseas, the AEC has released the final detailed set of federal election results.  Although all House of Representatives seat results were already known, the release of final information on two-party preference flows and preference distributions is very useful for many things, including assessing the performance of polls.  Final results are here.  This article is a general roundup of various details, and soon I will be using the figures to conduct an in-depth review of polling accuracy at the election, and after that to start a new polling aggregate model.  There is quite a backlog of other articles that I want to write, so I hope I can get through as many of these as possible in the next three weeks before another round of fieldwork.


The final two-party preferred result is 50.36% to the Coalition to 49.64% to the ALP.  This represented a clear success for the last-election method of preference prediction, which would have predicted a 2PP of 50.53% for the Coalition based on the primaries actually cast.  The respondent-preferences method (on average across polls using it) expected a shift in preferencing large enough to shift the 2PP result by at least 0.6 points (ie Labor would have won the 2PP).  This continues the superior track record of last-election preferences, and I will continue to treat respondent preferences with caution. 

The major source of what error there was in preference prediction was the appearance of the Nick Xenophon Team as a lower house party.  Although NXT polled only 1.85% nationally, these split 60.2% to Labor, increasing Labor's 2PP by 0.26 points compared to treating NXT as like "others" from the previous election.  This was partly counterbalanced by Green preferences being all of 1% (oooh!) better for the Coalition than in 2013.  Overall both Greens and the generic Others preferenced very similarly to in 2013.

These are the preference flow figures I'll probably be referring to a lot in the next few years:

* Greens to Coalition: 18.1%
* Others including NXT and PHON to Coalition: 50.8
* NXT to Coalition: 39.8
* PHON to Coalition: 50.5
* Others excluding NXT and PHON to Coalition: 52.9
* Coalition loss from three-cornered contests: 0.13 points

This was the weakest ever flow of One Nation preferences to the Coalition.  At previous elections they have generally flowed in the 54-56% range.

 As for the remaining 0.27 points of error in my polling aggregate's prediction of the national 2PP (I had it at 50.8%), this is a modest error well inside what could easily occur just by sample noise in the final polls.  But I suspect the major cause of it was that I continued to apply a 0.3-point global house effect correction based on apparent (but far from clearcut) evidence that the polls overall had been leaning slightly to Labor.  However in the final week, the difference between Newspoll and Essential on the one hand, and the remaining polls on the other, suddenly more or less disappeared.  

The net 2PP swing was 3.13%.  As a uniform swing this would have resulted in fifteen Labor gains.  Labor actually gained sixteen seats, more than cancelling out the impact of personal vote effects with unusually large swings in target marginals in Tasmania, NSW and Queensland. &nbsp...

00:24

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Heavy Jet Charters to Rockhampton Airport Commence - Air New Zealand B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI Historic First Visit - Qantas A330-200 VH-EBV 'One World' Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On a lovely evening on Saturday 17 September, the first of four 'waves' of heavy jet charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016 kicked off with a pair of historic first visits.


Firstly, Air New Zealand Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI touched down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport as ANZ1921.  It had earlier positioned into Singapore from Auckland as ANZ6000.








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Saturday, 17 September

19:59

Australasian Bittern at Coombabah Lake Nature Reserve--Rain Tree Glen, Queensland, AU reported by Doug Armstrong on 17-09-2016 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

At 4.45 p.m.. Heard. In dense streamside vegetation, a series of loud, deep, grunts and booms, lasting about 20 seconds. After 5 minutes, a second series, shorter and softer. Location. Approximately 100 metres past the second car parking, on the right hand side, 20 metres before the high steel vent and creek - drain junction.

17:00

New Continental tyre breaks in quickly Motorbike Writer

Continental SportAttack 3 tyres breaks in quicklyIf you’re a bit impatient about riding on your new tyres, German tyre company Continental has updated their popular motorcycle sports tyre with the SportAttack 3 that includes fast break-in technology.

It’s called Traction Skin that uses no greasy release agents on the tyre and leaves the tyre with a dry and tactile tread surface for what they claim is the fastest break-in period in the world.

That would also make it a bit safer for riders who push their tyres a bit too much when they are new.

HOW TO BREAK IN TYRES

Australian importers Ron Angel Wholesale (RAW) now have the tyres from $229 for the front and $289 for rears.

RAW national manager Grant Sammut says Continental makes “the most underrated tyres on the market”.

“As a way of qualifying this statement,  the previous model – Sport Attack 2 – won the shootouts in Motorrad and PS magazines, and the new Sport Attack 3 is a much improved tyre – already winning shootouts in Fastbikes and Motorrad magazines.”




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16:00

Malcolm Roberts: Australian senator wants ‘OzExit’ from UN "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A newly elected senator has used his first speech to call for Australia to take inspiration from the UK’s Brexit and leave the United Nations. Senator Malcolm Roberts was elected by Queensland as a member of the anti-immigration One Nation party. He believes climate change is a global conspiracy created by bankers seeking to establish a worldwide…

08:44

Asian Dowitcher at Osprey House Environmental Centre reported by Andy Jensen on 17-09-2016 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Presumed returning bird on Pine River this am, upstream of Osprey House on river bend at low tide. Also c.160 Red Knot, c.70 Great Knot and c.300 Blackwit. Birds flew off at high tide towards Tinchi Tamba roost

07:03

Pets are good for your health, the Budget and the economy "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Bondi Vet Dr Chris Brown has noted:

“…pets make us happy. They wash away our worries while showing us how life should be lived. And pets are proven to also make us healthier.”

Pets also have economic and budgetary impacts, as recent research by my fellow economist and friend Dr Stephen Thornton has demonstrated. Stephen’s research was presented to a recent forum at Queensland Parliament House which was arranged by Mars Petcare, owner of leading pet food brands such as Chum and Whiskas, as part of its Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign.

Stephen spoke about his recent report Pet ownership in Queensland strata schemes: economic, financial and public health benefits. The report considered the economic, financial and public health impacts that would follow from allowing pets in properties under strata schemes without prohibitions (although a body corporate would be able to set reasonable conditions and have the power to ask for offensive pets to be removed after reasonable notices). Stephen reports that, if dogs and cats were not prohibited in any strata dwellings, likely impacts include:

  • approximately $90 – $180 million of increased expenditure and over 600 new jobs in the lucrative pet industry in the medium term (3 to 5 years);
  • approximately a $25,000 increase in value and $1,300/year increase in rental income for lot owners of an average $500,000 apartment/townhouse; and
  • budget savings for Queensland Health resulting from better public health outcomes.

Please consult Stephen’s report for his specific assumptions and sources.

The current review of Queensland property law being carried out by the Commercial and Property Law Research Centre at QUT provides an excellent opportunity to consider changes in property law to make it easier for people to own pets in properties in strata schemes.

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Dr Stephen Thornton speaking at the Qld Parliament House forum on keeping Australia pet friendly


06:00

Barefoot bowls follows charity ride Motorbike Writer

Bras and Bikes charity ride Girl Torque bowls

Riders can celebrate the 15th annual Bras n Bikes Breast Cancer Fundraiser Ride with a round of barefoot bowls at the Yandina AFL Club after the ride on October 23, 2016.

The charity ride is organised by Sunshine Coast women’s riding group, Girl Torque.

Group leader Judy Noakes says there were  510 riders and 100 pillions last year, but says they hope for even more this year.

She says the new venue has also provided free music entertainment after the ride and new sponsors have provided better prizes.




    

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04:01

Guy Martin primed for 400mph attempt Motorbike Writer

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordThe sun is out at Bonneville today (September 17, 2016) and Guy Martin is set to attempt a world land speed record for motorcycles and possibly break the 400mph (643km/h) barrier.

The Larrikin TT racer and TV presenter will pilot the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner on the famous Bonneville salt flats in an attempt to beat the current 376.8mph (605.697Km/h) record, set in 2010, on the 11 mile (17.7km) course.

In testing last month Guy hit 274.2mph (441.2km/h) which is a record for a Triumph, but well short of his target.

“Everyone was dead happy, but that’s just one step to where we want to be. The current record is 376.36mph, so a way to go yet,” he said.

“I got the hang of steering the thing pretty quickly, then it was a case of building up speed. Wind is the big thing out here, so it’s not a case of just jumping in and twisting the throttle.”

The team has been waiting for rain to clear all week for their attempt, but the sun is up today and they expect to make a run in a few hours.

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordDespite having a good course surface for testing, the team felt that the salt wasn’t yet fully capable of supporting a top-speed streamliner attempt. In consultation with FIM course manager Mike Cook  the team are targeting the September dates as the best possible opportunity for the optimal course conditions required for the record attempt.

Just a few weeks ago, officials were considering axing the annual Speed Week for the third year in a row because of the poor layer of salt, but it now seems that all systems are go for Guy for an attempt at the outright record.

Guy is piloting a purpose-built, methanol-fuelled Triumph Rocket Streamliner in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category. Triumph Sport believes the machine can even break the 400mph (643.737km/h) barrier.

The Streamliner has a carbon kevlar monocoque construction with not one, but two turbocharged 2.3-litre Triumph Rocket III engines that put out a combined 750kW at 9000rpm....

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Friday, 16 September

12:41

Chilled and skilled – The Lulu Raes talk success and perform a live rendition of Never Leave "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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  • The Lulu Raes :: Never Leave (Live)
  • The Lulu Raes :: Interview with Lucy Smith

Chilled and skilled – this was the mantra repeated by The Lulu Raes when chatting with Lucy Smith. It’s a simple belief from an anything but simple band, and it’s proving to be The Lulu Raes’ key to success. Performing a live rendition of their track titled ‘Never Leave,’ the band asserted themselves as an act worthy of attention.

From the latest EP titled All Our Parents Are Divorced, their latest song really showcases The Lulu Raes potential. Throughout the interview, the band thanked those who helped them in their early days.

“[Little Bastard] We’re close mates and they’re the reason we got our first gig and that’s how our manager met us. We played the Bright-side with them.”

Currently touring across the nation, The Lulu Raes show no sign of slowing down. When revealing their key to success, the importance of maintaining and developing connections proved to be important.

“Just be friends with Sticky Fingers [laughs]…get those connections out there. Nah, but it’s really tricky because there’s so many bands out there but none of them get noticed. You have to join a bit of a community. A lot of bands, they get together and you get to know other bands and then you meet new people – sort of like a cascading effect.”

“You’ve just gotta get out there, you can’t spend all your time in your room.”

When seeing what’s coming up within their live shows, The Lulu Raes, have a few new songs to share.

“We’re doing five new songs…we’re doing songs from the upcoming album and it sounds way more dynamic.”

You can check out the Lulu Raes live track and full interview above.

WHO: The Lulu Raes
WHERE: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
WHEN: September 30th
HOW MUCH: $15

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10:23

Cobargo here we come! "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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On October 7, eight female crime and mystery writers will converge on Cobargo, just inland from Bermagui on the NSW coast, to take part in their inaugural crime convention.

http://fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/sisters-in-crime/

The writers are an eclectic mix, from a gynaecologist living in far north Queensland, Caroline de Costa, to a former member of the RAAF, who also has a BA in medieval history, Ilsa Evans, to a writer of historical crime (Sydney/1930s), Sulari Gentill, to yours truly, author of a Canberra-based quartet, now embarked on a sea-change mystery series.

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One of the festival organisers, in a welcoming email, said that they were washing the streets of Cobargo in honour of our arrival. Thank you, Louise!

While this is an attractive idea, I wonder if it really fits a collection of crime writers, who might be more comfortable with dirty streets, even blood-stained ones?

Jennifer Rowe once referred to crime writers as ‘good housekeepers’, by which she meant that we like to tidy things up, which has an element of truth in it, at least for some exponents of the genre. But even PD James said that order is never really re-established at the end of her novels.

My approach to clean streets is that I like to dig beneath them – hardly surprising since I lived in Canberra for 30 years and turned to mysteries as a way of writing about that city.

Now what exercises my imagination is what might lie beneath the surface of an idyllic coastal town….

 

 

 

 

07:32

Heavy criticism of Qld’s infrastructure deficit at IAQ Infrastructure Summit "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Government ministers should accept speaking invitations at important conferences so they can communicate with industry and the public, and, also, so they can deny Opposition members 20 minute speaking slots in which they can criticise the Government’s performance. That is what happened yesterday at the Infrastructure Association of Queensland’s Infrastructure Summit held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, which featured Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington as keynote speaker.

The Deputy Opposition Leader heavily criticised the Queensland Government’s record on infrastructure, noting that, at 1.3 percent of GSP, general government infrastructure spending was at a record low in 2015-16. She also criticised the Government for failing to fully deliver its infrastructure program in 2015-16, with a shortfall of some $2 billion. This appears to be based on a comparison of budgeted and estimated actual expenditure figures for non-financial asset purchases across the whole of Queensland Government for 2015-16, which reveals a shortfall of $1.7 billion (see chart below based on data from the 2016-17 Budget papers, specifically Tables 9.1 and 9.2 of Budget Paper no. 2).

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The Deputy Opposition Leader also said the Government has yet to make a convincing case for Cross River Rail, and called on the Government to release the full business case. She asked what “secret taxes” are being planned by the Government to pay for the project. This is obviously a reference to value capture proposals, which could include a betterment levy on property owners benefiting from increases in property values. An increase in car registration, which was apparently advanced as an option in the business case, has been ruled out by the Government. I hope the Opposition’s rhetoric about secret and sneaky taxes does not preclude it from using value capture to pay for future projects when in Government, as value capture can be a legitimate source of project funding and can promote a fairer sharing of the costs.

The Deputy Opposition Leader would have been very pleased if she had stayed at the Summit, because the next speaker, the Deputy Director-General of Queensland’s Infrastructure Department Darren Crombie, said he supported a lot of what the Deputy Opposition Leader said, and he noted she was correct about the infrastructure shortfall. It appears that public servants, too, and not just industry players, are disappointed with the relatively low level of infrastructure spending in Queensland. As I have noted on this blog, however, government infrastructure spending has started to increase recently, and it is very important to make sure we are spending money on projects that deliver net benefits to the community.


06:00

Riderless motorcycles are coming "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Yamaha is testing a robot motorcycle, Kawasaki is developing a bike with artificial intelligence and now an engineering student has built a riderless model-sized motorcycle.

Could the bikes of the future ride themselves and not need rider input?

In the above video, micro-engineering student Eric Unnervik, from the Research institution in Lausanne, explains (in French) how his miniature self-balancing riderless motorcycle works.

It will ride at up to 60km/h using an onboard computer to make steering adjustments for balance, while the controller can tell the model bike where to go via a smartphone app.

He says he plans to produce a full-sized autonomous motorcycle that he claims will be be faster and safer than any human rider.

While a robotic motorcycle would take all the enjoyment out of riding, it could be used for inner-city courier tasks, commuting (where the rider is the passenger) and could be employed to take over from a rider if they make an error of judgement.

Kawasaki Rideology will talk with riders Yamaha Motobot, a robot that rides a motorcycle

As horrible as it sounds, it seems self-riding or riderless motorcycles are coming just as much as self-driving cars are imminent.

In fact, Australian governments have been warned to be ready for partially automated vehicles on public roads before 2020, and highly automated and driverless vehicles the following decade.

This message comes from last month’s Austroads autonomous vehicle (AV) summit in Brisbane attended by leaders from federal and state road and transport agencies, motoring clubs, local government and engineering and industry groups.

Austroads deputy chair Neil Scales says AV’s will “change our lives, as well as our businesses”.

Roads Australia president David Stuart-Watt says AVs would significantly reduce, if not eliminate, road deaths and injuries.

“This will free up the nearly $30 billion we spend each year on road trauma for other areas of health research and treatment.  It will also change how we deliver health services to the aged, for example.”

Just as governments have mandated safety devices over the years from seat belts in every car to ABS in European motorcycles, robotic functions could also be mandated in future b...

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Wednesday, 14 September

12:50

Lockouts Review Suggests Government Should Take It Easy On Live Music Venues "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Lockouts Review Suggests Government Should Take It Easy On Live Music Venues

The highly anticipated review into Sydney’s lockout laws led by former High Court judge Ian Callinan has been unveiled and it’s found what we all already knew – that the lockouts have indeed had a detrimental impact on Sydney’s nightlife.

As News Corp reports, Callinan’s report has made the recommendation that lockout laws be relaxed for venues hosting live entertainment by 30 minutes. It doesn’t sound like much, but it could mean thousands in revenue for Sydney venues.

The report recommends the government, headed by the infamously stubborn Mike Baird, push the 1.30am lockout to 2am and the 3am last call to 3.30am. Callinan also acknowledge the “unquantifiable adverse impact” the laws have had on live entertainment.

However, the report was otherwise in support of the lockout laws. Callinan found that hospital visits due to intoxication and violence had dropped and that claims the lockouts had simply moved violence to other areas of Sydney were largely unfounded.

According to the report, crowds are, on the whole, behaving in much the same way as they did before the lockouts, at least as far as the time they start and stop punting is concerned. But the lockouts have had an impact on pub crawling.

Ultimately, the re...

12:00

Fashion police alive in Queensland "GroovUs Feed Anews"

What would the fashion police think of these t-shirts?

What would the fashion police think of these t-shirts?

The fashion police will be out in force in Queensland where “bikie colours” will be banned in public because they create fear; although there may be a loophole.

The controversial ban is one of many proposals under the Queensland Labor Government’s long-awaited review of the controversial VLAD laws.

While there is a little relief for some motorcycle riders in the proposed laws, the ban on colours has been extended from licensed venues to any public place because “members of the public have the right to enjoy themselves in licensed premises free from any fear or intimidation”. 

Although the fines on licensed venues have been reduced, those who wear colours in public would be fined up to $45,712 on a first offence and face 18 months’ jail on a third offence.

Ex-Detective Inspector and now university professor Terry Goldsworthy says “we now have the fashion police alive and well in Queensland”. 

“I look forward to seeing the evidence of linkage between the wearing of an item of clothing in public and the commission of acts of organised crime activity,” he says.

However, there is an interesting loophole in the new laws that allows you to wear “colours” for a “genuine artistic, educational, legal or law-enforcement purpose”.

While most motorcycle clubs forbid their colours and official logos to be worn or used by non members, the Hells Angels make big business out of selling supporter fashion gear.

Hells Angels stall at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fashion

Hells Angels stall at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

It is unknown whether you would be allowed to wear such apparel under the new legislation’s “loophole”. You could argue you are wearing it for a “genuine artistic, educational or legal” purpose. 

And what about “pseudo colours” of recreational clubs such as Ulysses, the fictional Sons of Anarchy or colours of overseas bikie gangs not operating in Australia? Would these be considered to cause fear among the public and land you in jail?

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09:32

Dan Sultan Teases New Music, Announces National Tour "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Dan Sultan Teases New Music, Announces National Tour

It’s been a big couple of months for Australian music icon Dan Sultan. He’s worked on tracks with A.B. Original, written and recorded a new album, and now announced a nation-wide tour.

It’s been nearly a year since Sultan wrapped up his last string of live shows, and he’s just teased us with 30 seconds of music from the first single off his forthcoming album.

“It’s about having too much of a good thing,” Sultan explains. “It’s about excess, basically, in all its forms. But it’s also about getting older, and about being more comfortable in my own skin.”

Unfortunately for us, we may have to wait another month before we hear the song in full, while the album, titled Magnetic, is set to be energetic, emotional and filled with soul-pop goodness.

Sultan has announced his national tour with special guests Caiti Baker and Morgan Bain, and tickets are on sale from 9am local time Friday, 16th September.

Dan Sultan National Tour Dates

Sunday, 6th November 2016
Fremantle Festival, Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle WA

Wednesday, 9th November 2016
The Triffid, Brisbane QLD

Thursday, 10th November 2016
Fat Controller, Adelaide SA

Sunday, 13th November 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne VIC

Sunday, 19th November 2016

Manning Bar, Sydney NSW

08:32

Laneway Festival 2017 Lineup Announced & It’s Massive "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Laneway Festival 2017 Lineup Announced & It’s Massive

Australian music fans, it’s the one you’ve been waiting for. After months of rumours, fake lineups, and purported leaks, the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2017 lineup has finally arrived.

Once again, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, and Fremantle are set to get some of the biggest and most buzzed-about names in alternative, urban, and independent music.

This year organisers have nabbed the likes of A.B. Original, Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker), Tame Impala, Car Seat Headrest, Glass Animals, Gang of Youths, Nicholas Allbrook, and many more.

You can check below for the full lineup as well as all the dates and details. You may also notice that we’re getting Laneway 2017 slightly earlier than usual, but we’re not complaining.

Laneway Festival 2017

A.B. Original
AURORA
Baro*
Bob Moses
Camp Cope**
Car Seat Headrest
Clams Casino
Ecca Vandal*
Fascinator
Floating Points (Live)***
Flyying Colours*
Gang of Youths
GL**
Glass Animals
Jagwar Ma
Jess Kent
Julia Jacklin**
Koi Child
Luca Brasi
Mick Jenkins
Mr. Carmack
NAO
Nicholas Allbrook
Nick Murphy (Chet Faker)***
Roland Tings
Sampa The Great
Tame Impala***
Tash Sultana
The Julie Ruin
Tourist
Tycho
White Lung
Whitney

*Melbourne only
**Excluding Freo
***Exclusive to Laneway, no sideshows

Thursday, 26th January 2017
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

Saturday, 28th January 2017
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Tuesday, 13 September

23:56

A Cultural Appropriation Blowup in Australia "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The latest literary tempest at the Brisbane Writers Festival:

Officials in charge of an Australian writers festival were so upset with the address by their keynote speaker, the American novelist Lionel Shriver, that they censored her on the festival website and publicly disavowed her remarks. . . .

Ms. Shriver had been billed as speaking on “community and belonging” but focused on her views about cultural appropriation, a term that refers to the objections by members of minority groups to the use of their customs or culture (or even characters of their ethnicity) by artists or others who do not belong to those groups.

Ms. Shriver criticized as runaway political correctness efforts to ban references to ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation from Halloween celebrations, or to prevent artists from drawing on ethnic sources for their work. Ms. Shriver, the author of 13 novels, who is best known for her 2003 book, We Need to Talk About Kevin, was especially critical of efforts to stop novelists from cultural appropriation. She deplored critics of authors like Chris Cleave, an Englishman, for presuming to write from the point of view of a Nigerian girl in his best-selling book “Little Bee.”

Ms. Shriver noted that she had been criticized for using in “The Mandibles” the character of a black woman with Alzheimer’s disease, who is kept on a leash by her homeless white husband. And she defended her right to depict members of minority groups in any situation, if it served her artistic purposes.

“Otherwise, all I could write about would be smart-alecky 59-year-old 5-foot-2-inch white women from North Carolina,” she said.
I agree. The notion that writers should only write about people exactly like themselves is pernicious and would lead to the death of real art.
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17:10

One Step Forward, Slip Sliding Away "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Aerial view of the Thelon River and forest landscape of Canada's far northern Thelon Game Sanctuary. The refuge is the largest and most remote game sanctuary in North America. For the Akaitcho Dene people, the Upper Thelon River is

Aerial view of the Thelon River and forest landscape of Canada’s far northern Thelon Game Sanctuary. The refuge is the largest and most remote game sanctuary in North America. For the Akaitcho Dene people, the Upper Thelon River is “the place where God began.” In 2011 The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist Sanjayan and Canada program director Dr. Richard Jeo went on an expedition through through this pristine area with young members of the Dene First Nation. They traveled by canoe along the Thelon River ending in North America’s largest and most remote wildlife refuge, the Thelon Game Sanctuary. This photograph is from that trip. PHOTO CREDIT: © Ami Vitale

Thanks to Cool Green Science, the conservation science blog of The Nature Conservancy, for this sobering update on the state of affairs of meeting conservation targets (um, those related to whether or not this planet will be one our future generations will be able to live on):

Global Wilderness Areas in Decline Despite Conservation Targets

BY JUSTINE E. HAUSHEER

Conservation today operates in a world of targets: Protect 17 percent of terrestrial systems and 10 percent of marine systems by 2020; keep global climate change below 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100; halve the rate of natural habitat loss.

But despite widespread adoption of protected area targets, wilderness areas are still declining rapidly across the globe. Now, new research shows that 9.6 percent of all global wilderness has disappeared in the last 20 years.

Large, Intact, and Endangered

Wilderness. It’s a loaded term, and one that means different things in different contexts. But all definitions share the common link that wilderness areas are large, biologically and ecologically intact landscapes that are free from human disturbance. Place like like Canada’s vast boreal forests or Australia’s red deserts. These areas are not entirely without people — many are home to indigenous communities — but they are free from large scale disturbance like industrial activities, infrastructure, and commercial agriculture.

Because they are large, intact systems, wilderness offers significant benefits beyond the existence value of natural spaces. Research shows that wilderness areas are more resilient to climate change, sequester twice as much carbon as degraded landscapes, act as species refugia, and help stabilize local weather patterns.

But how much wilderness remains on earth, and how well are we protecting it.

Mapping the World’s Wilderness

To answer these questions, James Watson, based at the University of Queensland and director of science and r...

15:30

3D Map Of Ocean Floor Uncovers Strange Surprise "GroovUs Feed Anews"

In the summer of 2014, Mardi McNeil was an undergraduate student at the Queensland University of Technology. She was spending the summer helping a team of scientists with a big research project: mapping the ocean floor around the Great Barrier Reef. McNeil's job was to map the extent and structure of bioherms, mounds of ancient calcified algae, scattered outside the Great Barrier Reef 60 to 100 feet below the surface. Scientists in the 80s had documented the bioherms using acoustic sound waves, but no one had re-visited them with modern technology. So McNeil used lidar data (a mapping technique that measures distance with lasers) collected by the Australian navy to create high-resolution 3D renderings of the ocean floor. But as soon as she started looking through the images she made, McNeil knew she'd found something big.

11:12

The Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd Is Coming Back To Australia "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd Is Coming Back To Australia

You know Anthony Fantano as “the Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd” thanks to his YouTube channel, The Needle Drop, on which he and his alter ego Cal Chuchesta video-review all of the latest notable releases in the world of music.

The acclaimed music critic is now set to return to Australian shores for a string of live presentations, which will feature discussion and multimedia as well as a special one-off appearance by Mr Chuchesta himself.

Fantano will be covering everything from the future of the music industry, the role of album reviews in the modern consumer market, how context impacts musical taste, the commodification of indie, and classic albums.

Tickets are limited and are expected to sell out so make sure you get yours fast. Fantano will be making an All Ages appearance in Brisbane, two appearances in Sydney, and is slated as one of the many draws of the upcoming Face The Music conference.

Anthony Fantano Australian Tour Dates

Friday, 11th November 2016
QUT Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane (All Ages)
Tickets: Eventbrite

Sunday, 13th November 2016
Newtown Social Club, Sydney (Under-18)
Tickets: Newtown Social Club

Sunday, 13th November 2016
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09:02

Chet Faker A.k.a. Nick Murphy Drops New Song, Is Playing Laneway 2017 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Chet Faker A.k.a. Nick Murphy Drops New Song, Is Playing Laneway 2017

The Artist Formerly Known as Chet Faker, Nick Murphy, has unveiled a brand new song entitled ‘Fear Less’ and has now been announced as the latest name added to the lineup for St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2017.

As we reported last week, Murphy took to Facebook on Friday to announce that he will no longer be writing, producing, recording, or performing as Chet Faker any longer, and will instead operate under his real name.

Murphy has now christened this new image with a new track, which gives fans a preview of the producer and singer’s new sound and how they’re blending with the classic, ‘Chet Faker’ sound we all know from tracks like ‘Talk Is Cheap’.

Meanwhile, Murphy is said to be working on a “dynamic” new live show that will pull from his back catalog as well as new material and fans attending Laneway 2017 will get to see it in all its wonder.

Meanwhile, the full Laneway lineup will drop Wednesday, 14th September and Tone Deaf will have the whole thing right here for you when it arrives. You can check out Murphy’s new tune, ‘Fear Less’, via the link here.

ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2017

A.B. Original
Nick Murphy

Thursday, 26th January 2017
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

Saturday, 28th January 2017
Footscray Community Arts Centre And The River’s Edge...

06:28

Upcoming lecture on whether Australia should have a Royal Commission into banking "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Last month in Perth, at the WA Local Government Association Convention, I was lucky enough to hear a speech by former Australian Chief of Army David Morrison, in which he asked what comes to mind when you hear the words “Australian banker”? He was implying that the impression would not be positive. While he only touched on banking in his speech on organisational culture, it cemented in my mind that there is a lot of community concern about the behaviour of our banks, particularly in light of scandals such as unscrupulous practices at CBA’s CommInsure (see this ABC News report) and manipulation of the Bank Bill Swap Rate (see this Conversation article).

Also, you may recall the Storm Financial scandal, in which over-leveraged clients of Storm Financial were wiped out when stock markets crashed during the financial crisis. Banks such as CBA, Macquarie and Bank of Queensland that had lent money to investors ended up making multi-million dollar settlements in the aftermath of Storm Financial’s collapse (see this Courier-Mail report). Many investors in Storm Financial are still suffering financially and are supportive of calls for a Royal Commission into banking, as reported recently in the Townsville Bulletin:

“THE thousands of victims of Townsville’s Storm Financial collapse “to a man” want a royal commission into the misconduct of banks, chairman of the Storm Investors Consumers Action Group Mark Weir said yesterday.

It comes as Mr Weir remains part of a small group of Storm investors who are still waiting for a resolution with their bank eight years after reckless advice and lending caused $3 billion in losses, and as politicians argue over the need for a royal commission or new consumer tribunal.”

While it may yield some good and would be tremendously entertaining, as we may expect some more sordid tales to be revealed, a banking Royal Commission would be expensive, at a cost over $50 million. There would also be the risk of an excessive regulatory response following on from a Royal Commission. I will provide my views on whether the likely benefits would outweigh these costs at an upcoming lecture to the University of the Third Age (U3A) Redlands on Monday morning, 10 October at Cleveland’s Donald Simpson Community Centre (172 Bloomfield St, Cleveland). Here are the details from the U3A website:

LIFE IN AUSTRALIA will return to the Donald Simpson Community Centre 9.30am for Term 4 on Monday 10 October 

Monday 10 October will be guest speaker, Gene Tunny Principal, ADEPT Economics speaking on “Should Australia Have a Royal Commission into Banking?”

Cost $4 including Morning Tea, all more than welcome.


02:41

Scientists Say Time Travel Is Possible "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Australian scientists have claimed that time travel is possible. A team of scientists from the University of Queensland, Australia, have simulated how time-travelling photons might behave; suggesting that, at the quantum level, the grandfather paradox ,which makes time travel impossible, could be resolved. The Time Tunnel- 1966–1967 Irwin Allen- U.S. science fiction TV series anonhq reports: The study used photons – single particles of light – to simulate quantum particles travelling back through time. By studying their behavior, the scientists revealed possible strange aspects of modern physics. “The properties of quantum particles are ‘fuzzy’ or uncertain to start with, so this gives them enough wiggle room to avoid inconsistent time travel situations. Our study provides insights into where and how nature might behave differently from what our theories predict,” said co-author Professor Timothy Ralph. The Daily Mail explains: In the simulation, the researchers examined the behavior of a photon traveling through time and interacting with its older self. In their experiment they made use of the closely related, fictitious, case where the photon travels through normal space-time and interacts with another photon that is stuck in a time-travelling loop through a wormhole, known as a closed timelike curve (CTC). Simulating [...]

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22:31

A Few Interesting Visitors at Emerald Airport on Sunday - And Clermont Aerodrome on Saturday! "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A couple of interesting arrivals and departures into Emerald Airport over the last couple of days including an nice visitor on Sunday 11 September in the form of Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWO.


File photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

It was operating a closed charter flight for supporters of the North Queensland Cowboys Rugby League Team and called into Emerald Airport from Melbourne (Essendon) Airport as UTY551.  After taking on fuel, VH-XWO continued to Townsville again as UTY551.

Another arrival into Emerald Airport from Melbourne on Sunday 11 September was Toll Freight Aviation / Toll Express Metro III VH-UZP which called in from Tullamarine Airport as TFX922.  It had earlier positioned to Tulla from Brisbane before dawn as TFX921.

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22:05

LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" Around Various CQ Airports This Week "GroovUs Feed Anews"

It's been a really busy week for the LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" with it visiting an Airport in Central Queensland each day this week - including today as this post is being written!

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The week for VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" started on Monday 5 September when it called into Mackay Airport during the afternoon from Brisbane.  It departed back to the capital a little later in the afternoon.

Then on Tuesday 6 September, VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" had another busy afternoon, departing Brisbane for Townsville, Cairns and Emerald Airport.  It then returned to Brisbane.

On Wednesday 7 September, VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" did a similar series of flights during the afternoon, departing Brisbane for Cairns and Townsville and then Mackay Airport.  It then returned to Brisbane.

On Thursday 8 September, VH-VVI "Amblance 451" looked to operate a med-evac flight into Roma Airport from Brisbane.  It then Barcaldine and Charleville Airports.  It then returned to Brisbane.

On Friday 9 September, VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" operated a med-evac flight from Brisbane into Bundaberg Airport.  It then continued to Rockhampton Airport before returning to Brisbane.

Finally, on Saturday 10 September, as I'm writing this post, VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" is flying to Barcaldine Airport from Cairns after it earlier flew North from Brisbane.  It is unclear where it is scheduled to then fly to with plans for Mackay, Rockhampton and Brisbane currently online.

UPDATE!  VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" departed Barcaldine Airport directly for Brisbane.

Of interest, LifeFlight also operates fellow LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" out of Townsville Airport, along with  Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" which I believe is based at Brisbane Airport.

14:59

Snow White reflects Brisbane’s vigour "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Brisbane Festival sets out to nurture and celebrate Brisbane’s cultural life. If international respect is a sign of our cultural depth, then the inclusion of two independent performances of Snow White, mark a milestone in that celebration. Republished with permission from The Generator The choice of Brisbane as the exclusive Australian destination for Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow […]

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12:34

5 Things Live Bands Can Learn From BIGSOUND 2016 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

5 Things Live Bands Can Learn From BIGSOUND 2016

BIGSOUND is obviously a vital source of info for the music industry and media, who flock to Brisbane once a year to catch the country’s most buzzed emerging acts and seminars from key figures – all to be discussed over far too many beers.

It’s not just the journos and publicists who find themselves enlightened though, as the musicians themselves can learn a hell of a lot from watching each other’s performances, and soaking up feedback from the entire industry over a couple of days.

Having extensively scoured the festival as our roving reporter, musician Kyle Butcher brings us the biggest lessons he’s learnt about performing live from BIGSOUND 2016.

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Bands drew bigger crowds than producers

Even though electronic is more popular as ever, it was the artists that fronted decks, samplers and drum machines that generally received the smaller crowds.

Acts like Tash Sultana, Alex Lahey, DZ Deathrays, Harts and Mosquito Coast all received packed out crowds for their sets, as did a bunch of others. Three of those artists played the triple j Unearthed stage, so perhaps the increase in in...

01:03

[Audio] Interview with Matt Barker Radio: Podcasts and Digital Radio "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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Image courtesy of Matt Barker Radio

Matt Barker hails from Southend in Essex UK, which is a shame since most of the taxis won’t go further than Basildon.

That gag was an entry in the Morris Men-tal Institute Joke Competition of August 1936 and told repeatedly until a cease and desist order from the Greater London Department of Public Transport and Sun Beds in February 1937.

Where were we? Talking about Matt Barker and his two fabulous radio shows.

The Matt Barker Radio Show is two hours of finely organised chaos, going out to the world on Fridays at 6pm UK time, available on podcast from Mixcloud.

While the Deuce Radio Show is a tight little package (careful!) of the best new independent music to tumble onto Matt’s desk.

In this interview, Matt talks with Bill Quinn of Overheard Productions about the mechanics and motivations behind these shows, plus his future plans for well-funded world domination.

If you’ve got a favourite radio show that you believe deserves more earholes wrapped around its fruity, global goodness, drop Overheard Productions a line at bill.fj.quinn@gmail.com or leave a comment on this article.

Yours in great independent music

Bill Quinn
Benevolent Ethical Entertainment Presenter (BEEP!)
Overheard Productions

Brisbane, Australia – this week, unless the police catch up with me again


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Sunday, 11 September

20:00

EP 177: Babaganouj; The Goon Sax "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Babaganouj

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Recorded by Tim Roberts
Mixed by Tim Roberts
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 20th of March 2015.

Starting in 2011, Babaganouj have become an absolute songwriting powerhouse in the last 5 years releasing too many singles and EP’s to name, as well as touring the east coast more times than we can keep track of. Their garage pop sound is always dripping with the glowing sunbeams you can expect from a Brisbane band, but what makes them unique is songwriting and vocal duties are shared equally between the three members Harriette Pilbeam, Ruby McGregor, and Charles Sale. They’ve even taken the extra step in this direction by recording three separate EP’s for release this year, with each one written solely by one member. And although they may share the songwriting duties, their songs are always catchy, upbeat, and there to keep the good times rolling.

The Goon Sax

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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, 25th of June 2016.

Like their name would probably indicate, The Goon Sax are a teenage trio who write songs bout being an awkward adolescent, while still be...

19:45

RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A VH-LHZ at Gladstone Airport Friday "GroovUs Feed Anews"

On Friday 9 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (SAR) Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-LHZ was noting overflying Rockhampton before landing at Gladstone Airport.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg

After taking on fuel, VH-LHZ departed further South to RAAF Base Amberley.

VH-LHZ - which was heard to be possibly flying as "Choppa 9" - was believed to be flying South from Townsville following the completion of some recent military exercises in the area, including participating in Pitch Black 2016 (as shown above) where it operated out of RAAF Base Tindal near Katherine in the Northern Territory.  VH-LHZ may have also visited Mackay Airport while heading South.

VH-LHZ is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia, and is one of a number of choppers used for RAAF Search and Rescue jobs.

Meanwhile, another helicopter which was spotted visiting Gladstone Airport during the week was M. I. Helicopters of Roma Agusta (Bell) 206B VH-JZB.


And finally, 'Mick' captured a couple of nice photos of Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPM which operated into Gladstone Airport late on Tuesday 6 September as VOZ1717/1720 from and back to Brisbane.




18:20

A Couple More Other Bizjets Come and Go from CQ Airports "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Over the latter part of this week and on the weekend, there have been yet more nice locally-based corporate bizjets to call into various CQ Airports.

On Saturday 10 September, Marcplan Charter Gulfstream G-IV-X (G450) VH-MBP visited Hamilton Island Airport.  Its exact movements are not known but it did visit for a short time during the morning.

File photo taken by Kevin Patroni  ©

And on Wednesday 7 September, a nice pair of bizjets also visited Hamilton Island Airport including Gulf Aircraft Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-PYN which made its second visit for the week after also calling in on Monday 5 September - see Blog post below.  While the Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX VH-WIO made a brief visit from Bankstown.

Meanwhile, calling into Rockhampton Airport on Friday 9 September, was Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY of Mitchell Water.  It touched down from its Melbourne (Moorabbin) base and looked to be spending the night.

Also touching down at Rockhampton Airport on Friday 9 September during yet another busy day of flying was the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-PSU.  It also called into Rocky - and other places - also on Wednesday 7 September and Monday 5 September...

05:15

Police seize over 5,000 ounces of silver from man’s home "GroovUs Feed Anews"

silverLast week in the Australian state of Queensland, federal police confiscated a whopping 5,465 ounces of silver (worth roughly $106,000) from a man’s home. This was part of a larger series of police raids instigated by the Australian Tax Office against individuals suspected of tax evasion. Two obvious lessons come to mind which bear repeating:…

01:31

Cure For Cancer Found In Berry From Far North Queensland Rainforest "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Australian scientists may have found the cure for cancer, the disease which kills millions of people each day. A rare berry containing cancer-fighting compounds has been found in nature that begins to kill cancer cells immediately and it only grows in one place in the entire world; the rainforests of Tropical North Queensland, Australia.  From Underground Reporter: This cancer-fighting blushwood berry, also known as Hylandia dockrillii, has been uncovered in a far northern part of Australia, known for its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and over 70 national parks, in the rainforests of North Queensland. The phyto-active compounds in this berry, namely a molecule which scientists are calling EBC-46, are so potent that they’ve killed cancerous tumors in lab experiments in as few as seven days. Other cancers were eradicated within only 48 hours. Numerous clinical trials have already shown promise for treating cancer in laboratory animals, including horses, rats, and dogs, and the first human trials on a drug made from blush berries may have kept one woman from having to undergo an amputation of her arm. In a shocking twenty minutes, she says the tumor, “went purple, then black, and within a couple days, the tumor just shriveled up [...]

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Saturday, 10 September

19:42

Skytrans Airlines Dash-8 Fleet Update "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The recent visit by Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQG at Rockhampton Airport prompted us to look into the current status of their Dash-8 fleet following the shutdown and then re-launch in conjunction with West Wing Aviation in early 2015.


With thanks to the fantastic FNQ Skies Blog and other web-based resources, here is an update and summary of the Skytrans Dash-8 fleet as at Saturday 3 September:

VH-QQA Dash-8-100 (c/n 005) (ex P2-MCN) - stored at Cairns - no recent movements - last known movement was in November 2015 - wears new Skytrans colour scheme.


VH-QQB Dash-8-100 (c/n 004) (ex VH-TQO) - currently located at Brisbane - operating Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights to Taroom and Chinchilla from/to Brisbane - wears new Skytrans colour scheme.

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16:48

I am my first book: @burgewords reports from #bwf16 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

We were inside the building. We belonged, inasmuch as new students belong in new classrooms when they change schools UNDER the general theme of ‘belonging’, the 2016 Brisbane Writer’s Festival (BWF) set itself up with few boundaries, and writers have been rushing to traverse the intentionally unfenced territory across the city. As an independently published author, I […]

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Michael Burge

Journalist at No Fibs

Michael is a writer, artist and publisher who lives on the beautiful island of Coochiemudlo. He is passionate about LGBTI equality and emergent forms of online publishing, marketing and access for writers and artists.

15:43

Aerorescue (AMSA - Australian Maritime Safety Authority) Aero Pearl Dornier 328-100 VH-PPJ "Rescue 471" at Mackay Airport "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Noted visiting Mackay Airport on Saturday 3 September was Aerorescue (AMSA - Australian Maritime Safety Authority) Aero Pearl Dornier 328-100 VH-PPJ "Rescue 471".  It flew North from its Brisbane base

Fellow AMSA Dornier 328 VH-PPV at Mackay Airport  (File photo)

After taking on fuel it departed to Cairns.

Of interest, VH-PPJ is one of five Dorniers that Aerorescue currently operate for AMSA in ports around Australia - VH-PPF, VH-PPG, VH-PPJ, VH-PPQ and VH-PPV - are in their current fleet.

However, a new search and rescue agreement was signed in October 2014 seeing Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd (Cobham) contracted to provide four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 bizjets from late 2016 for a period of 12 years. 

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09:55

Poetry and politics a powerful mix "GroovUs Feed Anews"

CONTROVERSIAL Greens Councillor Jonathan “Jonno” Sri will don his hip hop poet’s backward cap as his battle for West End’s heart and soul continues. The councillor for The Gabba Ward is guest poet at the Kurilpa Poets’ monthly gathering in South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park on the afternoon of Sunday September 25. “I’ll be sharing several […]

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03:03

Police Halt Overheard Productions For 48 Hours: Saturday Updates "GroovUs Feed Anews"

On Friday 9 September 2016, at approximately 23:40, officers of the Queensland Flying Peleton Brigade boarded the train to Cleveland which had been held at Lota station and removed Bill Quinn.

Mr Quinn is current head of logistics for the Overheard Group, including Benevolent Ethical Entertainment Presenter (BEEP!) of Overheard Productions and Tawp Dawg at Bill The Housesitter.

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Mr Quinn was spotted later that night in the comfy chair at #36. He’s chill. And there’s a perfect extra resource with some of these bit players.

[I’m leaving that sentence there because in time, the meaning of whatever the hairy heck it was that I meant may reveal itself. Picture a man, barely alive, lying in bed at about 3am, trying to stay awake long enough to post a brief update, but whose face kept falling asleep and slamming into the phone.]

Ask Bill if you’re looking for some promotional exposure.

But right now he’s talking Braille, so please check back at 11pm on Sunday 11 September (London time), 8am Monday 12 September (Brisbane time) or call +61-555-000-000 (for a good time).

 

Bill Quinn
Overheard Productions
Capalaba, Redlands Council District, Queensland, Australia

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UPDATE 2300 London. Friday 9 September 2016.

Wrong teletext machine. Back soon.

UPDATE 2330 London. Friday 9 September 2016.

2330 in London where it’s a balmy 19 degrees celcius, 87% humidity, and the winds at 14kmh.

From which direction, Google Weather? Get it together! It’s no good knowing it’s blowy without knowing which direction you’re being blown from.

I’m sorry, I’ll read that again. Winds at 14kmh, and if you’d like to know which way, we suggest sucking a finger and sticking it up.

Then go outside and check your weather vane. You probably think this song is about you. Idiot!

We’re back live in the studio.

Gulp! It was about you. And me. You thought you were getting Bob Dylan. Gods know I was!

On Overheard FM, that’s the sound of Idiot Wind there with ‘Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind’.

A song there for anyone whose mother is on their mind. RIP to Mary Agnes Jessie Quinn, 5 September 1936 – Wednesday 10 August 2016. About 6pm-ish.

Back to the news and special correspondent Phillip McKawfee-Khupp joins us from a truckers’ caff in Rickmansworth.

Thank you, Ankerss Ahr-Whey in the studio. I’m standing in this greasy caff, holding a mug of questionable really strong brown tea – Ro...

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Friday, 09 September

18:55

ROCKIN’ FOR WEST PAPUA: Global Peace Concerts Announced "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Rockin for West Papua

“We stand for the arts,

we stand for first nations people

and we stand for West Papua.”

#musicisaweapon


Rockin’ For West Papua gigs are being organised around Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Perth, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Lismore, Newcastle and Arnhem Land with more shows to be announced in all corners of the globe.

CONFIRMED DATES:

Friday 30 September – Sydney AUS: Waywards @ Bank Hotel, Newtown featuring Blackbreaks, The MisMade, The Black Turtles, MC Thorn

Saturday 1 October – Newcastle AUS: The Vault featuring Once Remained, Skinpin, Steinbrenner, The Grounds

Saturday 1 October – Edinburgh UK: Henry’s Cellar Bar featuring Rise Kagona, Samba Sene & Diwan Seneglese, Nawakyipo, Mariam El Sadr & more

Friday 7 October – Lismore AUS: Lismore City Hall Studio featuring Blakboi, The Humans Of Lismore, Atomic Monkey Chunks & Punks For West Papua doco screening

Saturday 8 October – Gold Coast AUS: Currumbin Creek Tavern featuring The Poor, Wartooth, Paging Jimi

Saturday 8 October – Brisbane AUS: Chardons Corner Hotel featuring Kold Creature, Monster Fodder, System Trashed, Kaosphere, Alice Lost Her Way, Locus Give It All

Saturday 8 October – Darwin AUS: The Chippo, 2 stages featuring Clever Monkey, Dave Garnham, Gored Matador, Acid City, Pole Top Rescue, Lungbuster,...

ROCKIN’ FOR WEST PAPUA: Global Peace Concerts Announced "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Rockin for West Papua

“We stand for the arts,

we stand for first nations people

and we stand for West Papua.”

#musicisaweapon


Rockin’ For West Papua gigs are being organised around Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Perth, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Lismore, Newcastle and Arnhem Land with more shows to be announced in all corners of the globe.

CONFIRMED DATES:

Friday 30 September – Sydney AUS: Waywards @ Bank Hotel, Newtown featuring Blackbreaks, The MisMade, The Black Turtles, MC Thorn

Saturday 1 October – Newcastle AUS: The Vault featuring Once Remained, Skinpin, Steinbrenner, The Grounds

Saturday 1 October – Edinburgh UK: Henry’s Cellar Bar featuring Rise Kagona, Samba Sene & Diwan Seneglese, Nawakyipo, Mariam El Sadr & more

Friday 7 October – Lismore AUS: Lismore City Hall Studio featuring Blakboi, The Humans Of Lismore, Atomic Monkey Chunks & Punks For West Papua doco screening

Saturday 8 October – Gold Coast AUS: Currumbin Creek Tavern featuring The Poor, Wartooth, Paging Jimi

Saturday 8 October – Brisbane AUS: Chardons Corner Hotel featuring Kold Creature, Monster Fodder, System Trashed, Kaosphere, Alice Lost Her Way, Locus Give It All

Saturday 8 October – Darwin AUS: The Chippo, 2 stages featuring Clever Monkey, Dave Garnham, Gored Matador, Acid City, Pole Top Rescue, Lungbuster...

12:31

A Tesla Powerwall with my rooftop solar? I’ll take SIX "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A home on Queensland’s Gold Coast has installed what is believed to be the largest residential Tesla battery storage system in Australia – and one of the biggest in the world – with a total of six 6.4kWh lithium-ion Powerwall units hooked up to store the solar generation from a massive 24kW rooftop solar PV system.

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The impressive home solar and storage system – the six Powerwalls (pictured above) have a combined capacity of 38.4kWh and the solar system generates 36,355kWh a year – was installed from scratch by Natural Solar, and will allow the home owner, Clayton Lyndon, and his family to store and use 98 per cent of the solar they generate.

Why? We asked Natural Solar’s managing director Chris Williams that very question. Here’s what he said…

“What we’re seeing here is typifying the greater consumer awareness and excitement around battery storage,” Williams told One Step Off The Grid in an interview on Friday.

“Customers are avoiding reliance on the grid and creating greater flexibility of when and how they use power. We’ve seen that translate into hundreds of (battery storage) installations around the country.

But excitement and grid independence aside, Williams reckons the return on investment for Lyndon’s system is actually looking pretty good.

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“By scaling the system up, the price per kW is actually very attractive,” he said. “By consuming the entire production of solar system, he’s looking at anywhere between 5-6 years ROI.

“Total production a year is astronomical, so that’s obviously a huge production across the year; a very high quality system performing very efficiently.”

Williams says that since his company outed itself as one of the first certified reseller of Tesla Powerwall units last year, he has already seen a shift in consumer attitude to battery storage.

“When Natural Solar announced becoming a Tesla reseller we had an immediate uptake and large amount of volumes coming through,” he said. “But most customers wouldn’t go bigger than one battery, maybe two.

“Gradually, by around about the second quarter of this year, two batteries became very normal. Now, two and three and four batteries are a very common system.

“I firmly believe 2016 will be seen as a really pivotal year in the industry, with the move from solar alone to integrated home energy management systems,” he said.

Williams says the mix of people who are installing solar and storage from scratch, or who are adding storage to an existing PV system, or upgrading their solar and then adding storage, was pretty evenly distributed.

But Gold Coast customer, Lyndon, went straight for 6 power walls, he said – one system installed all at once, including three separate 8kW PV arrays on the roof and a bidirectional meter controlling the smarts. img_6892

“It was a a bit of a feat of engineering by our team, but it only took three days.

More time was taken pre-installation, he said, with the home owner going through “a very long process” with one of Natural Solar’s engineers to ascertain what the most effective and attractive system would be for him.

As far as Williams is concerned, they got this part “spot on” – “a self-consumption of 98 per cent is perfect,” he said.

“The expectation is this customer will be able to save more than $13,000 per year on energy bills should h...

12:01

King Gizzard Announce Incredible Gizzfest 2016 Lineup "GroovUs Feed Anews"

King Gizzard Announce Incredible Gizzfest 2016 Lineup

Having previously announced the exciting news that Gizzfest would be returning this year, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced a stacked lineup for their touring psychedelic extravaganza.

In addition to a headlining performance from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, who are still hot on the heels of their latest album, Nonagon Infinity, there’ll be appearances from Pond, White Fence, The Murlocs, and more.

Last year’s Gizzfest was one of the most acclaimed local mini-festivals of the year, with each of the bands on the lineup coming together to form a community and deliver unforgettable performances.

Gizzfest 2016 will be going all over the country, hitting up venues in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Perth. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details.

Gizzfest 2016

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Pond
White Fence
The Murlocs
Mild High Club
Stonefield*
Orb*
Jaala*
Boulevards
Dinner

Friday, 25th November 2016
The Marquee RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane

Saturday, 26th November 2016
Coburg Velodrome, Melbourne

Tuesday, 29th November 2016
Big Top & Luna Park, Sydney

Saturday, 3rd December 2016
Thebarton Theatre & Carpark, Adelaide

Sunday, 4th December 2016
Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth

*Sydney and Melbourne only...

11:28

First Act Confirmed For Laneway Festival 2017 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

First Act Confirmed For Laneway Festival 2017

After months of rumours and a fake leaked lineup, the first act has officially been confirmed for Laneway Festival 2017 as A.B. Original, who will both perform at the festival and MC the event at all five Australian dates.

A.B. Original are one of the most vital and visceral hip-hop collaborations to come along in a generation. Comprised of veteran emcees Briggs and Trials, A.B. Original made the announcement of their Laneway spot during their keynote Q&A at BIGSOUND.

Laneway 2017 is set to hit up Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, and Fremantle this January, which is slightly earlier than usual. As for the rest of the lineup, we’ll get it on 14th September.

This year’s lineup featured the likes of Flume, Grimes, and Violent Soho, as well as plenty of buzz acts that have gone on to dominate 2016, so expect something special for Laneway 2017.

ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2017

Thursday, 26th January 2017
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

Saturday, 28th January 2017
Footscray Community Arts Centre And The River’s Edge, Melbourne

Friday, 3rd February 2017
Hart’s Mill, Adelaide

Saturday, 4th February 2017
Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney

Sunday, 5th February 2017
Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle

08:54

Ocean chemistry ‘positive for reef coral’ "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Fish and divers at the Agincourt Reef, Great Barrier Reef. Photo Robert Linsdell flickr.com/photos/boblinsdell

Fish and divers at the Agincourt Reef, Great Barrier Reef. Photo Robert Linsdell flickr.com/photos/boblinsdell

Brisbane [AAP]

Coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef grow better in the summer and in northern areas, a major ocean chemistry monitoring project has found.

The Future Reef 2.0 project is helping to identify which parts of the reef are most vulnerable to ocean acidification change and has just been extended for another three years.

CSIRO scientists have been running an advanced sensor system from a Rio Tinto vessel as part of the research, which also involves the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

CSIRO ocean carbon research scientist Dr Bronte Tilbrook said the research has found ocean chemistry remains positive for coral growth.

Dr Tilbrook said it had also found there were strong seasonal changes, with the best coral growing conditions in summer.

Conditions were also better in the outer regions of the reef and there was more coral growth in the northern parts, he said.

Specifically, the project has been examining how the entire reef is responding to ocean acidification, bleaching and cyclones.

‘The data is going to help us understand how the reef is growing and how it’s responding to certain stresses,’ he told AAP.

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05:17

Weekly highlights: BDO Economic & Political Update and ESA Qld-Nine Squared CBA seminar "GroovUs Feed Anews"

It was a fantastic week to be an economist in Brisbane, with two excellent events, the BDO Economic & Political Update on Tuesday morning at BCEC and the ESA Qld-Nine Squared seminar on Cost-benefit analysis in contemporary project evaluation at QUT on Wednesday afternoon.

BDO Economic & Political Update 2016

The Economic and Political Update 2016 continued BDO’s track record of excellent breakfast functions, following on from a very informative and interesting Budget seminar in May. Treasurer Curtis Pitt gave a good account of the State’s economic outlook, and I was pleased he quoted my recent comments on the SEQ-regional Queensland divide that were reported by Paul Syvret in the Courier-Mail’s most recent Queensland Business Monthly. You can hear the relevant quote at just after 34 minutes into the video of the function (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQBVeABh2y8).

The highlight of the function was an outstanding panel discussion moderated by ABC Senior State Political Reporter Chris O’Brien, which saw some sparks fly between the Treasurer and CCIQ Director of Advocacy Nick Behrens. The Courier-Mail has reported:

“We couldn’t help but notice that CCIQ advocacy director Nick Behrens and Treasurer Curtis Pitt were kept separated during a BDO breakfast panel discussion this week.

Behrens and Pitt have endured a rocky relationship in recent weeks, after the former made some particularly critical comments about the latter in a very public manner.

That was quickly followed by Behrens blowing the Government’s cover on plans to make Easter Sunday a public holiday under the c...

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Thursday, 08 September

21:16

A Couple of Bizjets Around CQ Airports on Monday and Tuesday "GroovUs Feed Anews"

On Tuesday 6 September, the Queensland Government Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY was noted flying North from Brisbane and completing airwork at Gladstone Airport including at least one practice ILS approach and overshoot.  It then continued further North to Rockhampton Airport.

File photo taken by ‘IAD’  ©

Almost immediately VH-SGY returned to the air before landing once again at Rocky.  It then took on fuel before departing back to Brisbane via yet another missed approach at Gladstone Airport.

Meanwhile, on Monday 5 September, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was once again on prisoner transfer duties.  It was noted visiting Maryborough, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Brisbane Airports during a busy day of flying that started and finished at Cairns.

Also at Mackay Airport on Monday 5 September, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted visiting from Brisbane.

UPDATE!  At the time of writing, late on Tuesday 6 September, VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" is currently inbound to Emerald Airport from Cairns.  It will then depart to Brisbane.

Out West at Longreach Airport, on Monday 5 September, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet...

13:30

All Of Our Highlights From Day One Of BIGSOUND 2016 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

All Of Our Highlights From Day One Of BIGSOUND 2016

BIGSOUND, Australia’s response to the gargantuan SXSW, is underway yet again in Brisbane. It’s the only time of year you’ll find Courtney Barnett casually chatting on one street corner and DZ Deathrays only a few metres further up the road, followed by a quick succession of other premium Aussie export acts in transit between venues.

Boasting a lineup far bigger than years prior, it was clear that BIGSOUND 2016 was going to offer an endless amount of incredible performances over two nights.

From Unearthed darlings Lastlings to the hype-loaded Mosquito Coast, our roving reporter Kyle Butcher caught as many acts as he could manage on night one of BIGSOUND 2016.

Buoy

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Let’s get something clear now. Seeing Buoy unleash her sonic talents on stage is something else entirely when compared to listening to the Sydney artist’s studio recordings. The minimal, intricate sounds you love about Buoy’s music are thickened live, rich with electronic tones and delicate vocal ambivalence.

That’s not to say her return to Bigsound was perfect, however. Buoy’s new single “Exit” was abruptly cut down the middle by jarring tech issues, which fortunately was the only hitch of the night. After a few moments, the track restarted, and Buoy took off, vocals in full flight, leaving the few awkward moments of silence...

12:33

Traditional Owners fight on: appeal Carmichael mine Federal Court decision "GroovUs Feed Anews"

An appeal to the full bench of the Federal Court of Australia was filed today by senior Traditional Owner and spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) family council, Mr Adrian Burragubba, challenging a decision of Justice Reeves in relation to the Queensland government’s issuing of mining leases for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, handed down on 19th August 2016.

Further background to the case can be found below.

Mr Burragubba said: “We said ‘no means no’ and so we will continue to resist this damaging coal mine that will tear the heart out of our Country. The stakes are huge. In the spirit of our ancestors, we will continue to fight for justice until the project falls over.

“The decision of the Native Title Tribunal in April 2015 to allow the issuing of the mining leases by the Queensland government took away our right to free, prior and informed consent. It effectively allowed the government to override the decision that we made nearly two years ago to reject Adani’s ‘deal’,” Mr Burragubba said.

The appeal, being run by Sydney Senior Counsel Craig James Leggatt SC and other barristers working pro bono, will make two arguments: that the matters Mr Burragubba put before the National Native Title Tribunal should have been taken into account by the Tribunal member when granting the Future Act mining rights to Adani and that Justice Reeves should have found that Adani was misleading before the Tribunal.

The appeal will proceed alongside a challenge brought by Mr Burragubba and other W&J Traditional Owners in the Qld Supreme Court against the mining leases that have been issued by Queensland Minister for Mines, the Hon Dr Andrew Lynham and the Queensland government for the Carmichael mine. That case will be heard by the Qld Sup...

11:50

An interview with Bridie Gillman "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Artist Bridie Gillman’s practice negotiates cross-cultural experiences. She approaches these with an examining eye - looking at the interesting details of these experiences through her own childhood in Indonesia, current life in Australia, and all the travel bits in-between. One of her later projects included a series of postcards quoting tourists she observed in Malaysia. Cards that read “I’ve made friends with the locals” or “I come here quite a bit. So I speak a bit of the local lingo.” Her work has a simple, gently humorous understanding of the world, and a sensitivity to culture and the exact moments in which cultures are awkwardly reconciled.

When I ask Bridie what she does she silently thinks, then laughs. She’s one of those women that just seems to be able to do it all. You may have spotted her sculptural work and photography at Brisbane's Metro Arts or The Hold, or her paintings at her open studio earlier this year. Apart from being an artistic all-rounder, you’ll find her around her house cooking for people, sipping wine at local exhibitions, or watching ABC24.


You seem to navigate a few different mediums. What exactly do you do?

My art practice encompasses photography, installation with found objects and more recently painting.
I studied painting but stepped away from it because I wanted to create and explore more conceptually critical work. I’ve since decided to embrace it - it’s something I kind of just love.

Are there themes that exist across all of those?

Place is very important in my work. My paintings are drawn from particular places or a memory of a place. They’re abstract, expressive colour explorations of a place.

How does that process happen?

When painting, I usually do them by thinking of a place, or I’ll start with a colour and a place will come to mind. I want to put the memory of that place onto canvas. Colour’s actually really important across all mediums, because it triggers place. A particular yellow I see somewhere might take me back to Indonesia, for instance.

I draw from my experience living in Indonesia when I was younger. A lot of my earlier work was about that, and now it’s mores about new experiences with the unknown and awkwardness that happens in a new place. Most of my work attempts to articulate those experiences, whether through awkward lines in paintings or photographing these moments.

Your photographic work seems to be completely absent of people - more like little still lifes. Is that a conscious choice?

I shoot on a medium format camera. There’s something about the act of looking down that changes the process to making a photograph, instead of taking it. Taking vs making is how I see it. Cameras also have a tendency to feel like a weapon. That’s why I don’t take photographs of people I don’t know.

In places that aren’t conventionally beautiful and there’s so much happening around you, it’s about finding the moments of silence and beauty in the everyday. I was in New Zealand recently and my Aunty said ‘Look, there’s a Bridie photo!’ about some rubbish on the ground. They said when they first saw my work they didn’t quite get it but now they see things everywhere that could be a part of my work. I think if people can start to see their surroundings with more interest that’d be great.

Tell us about the Cut Thumb exhibition you’ve got coming up.

It’s a complete departure from my other work in terms of it being so autobiographical and about my family. It’s called “You and I, we’ve got the same blood running through us.” It was something my uncle said when I saw him one afternoon in Christchurch. It struck me as a weird thing to say. There’s some footage I col...

08:00

Fluoride in Mackay: mass poison or good oral sense? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The fluoride debate in Mackay has hotted up in the lead-up to a community forum to test public support for leaving fluoride in the region’s water supply.

An overnight discussion on the Daily Mercury’s Facebook site confirmed the passion around the issue.

It comes as a community forum will be held Wednesday, September 14, at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, starting from 6.30pm.

Mayor Greg Williamson, who will facilitate the forum, said it was the best way to gauge community views on the issue, along with professional polling.

Amanda  Woolnough  questioned why the council was wasting money on fluoride “when the water is too putrid and stinks of chlorine to actually drink”.

“Put it to an online vote and let the public decide, I vote No fluoride.”

Bev Sorbello posted: “If our town water is so good, why do I see so many people buying bottled water at the supermarket?”

But Brett Notaras said he couldn’t understand why the council and Daily Mercury gave “these anti science, anti fluoride extremists a platform”.

“This is the definition of false balance and creates nothing but fear and uncertainty.

“While there is over 70 years of credible evidence to support the benefits, efficacy and safety of fluoridation, these anti science extremists will never accept anything that contradicts their pre determined ideologies.

“They are no better than the anti vaxxers who use fear and intimidation to mislead the public, instead of evidence and critical thinking.”

Queensland Health expert answers your questions on fluoride

One of the reasons why people oppose fluoride...

06:36

When Malcolm Turnbull’s Ministers Say Asylum Seekers Receive ‘Outstanding’ Care, They’re Lying "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A new report into onshore detention centres cuts the improbable boasts of Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton to shreds, writes Max Chalmers.

In September 2014, 24-year-old asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei had his life support turned off by the staff at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital. Kehazaei had been a prisoner in the Manus Island detention centre until a skin infection spread through his body and morphed into a fever that left him comatose. As the young Iranian’s health critically deteriorated on Papua New Guinea, a vital medical evacuation to Australia was delayed by the Department of Immigration.

In spite of compelling evidence to the contrary, then Immigration Minister Scott Morrison assured reporters that Kehazaei had received “outstanding” care while held in one of the further reaches of Australia’s immigration detention system, as well as after he was finally transferred onshore.

“When someone becomes ill they receive outstanding care from the people who work as part of our mainland detention network, and in the offshore processing centres that are under the management of the governments of Papua New Guinea and Nauru,” Morrison insisted.

Six months later, Morrison’s replacement Peter Dutton insisted health facilities on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru were better than some found in regional Australia and – incongruously – added that they compared favourably to field hospitals used by Australian troops fighting in Afghanistan.

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06:09

Good news for the economy as Qld businesses increase investment in machinery & equipment "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Despite having some weak regional economies, particularly in the Townsville and Queensland outback regions, the State economy overall recorded reasonably healthy growth in State Final Demand in the June quarter of 0.7 percent in seasonally adjusted terms. This is very good news and is a testament to the robust economy of SEQ. Pete Faulkner has an excellent summary of the new data released by the ABS yesterday at his blog (GDP +0.5% q/q and +2.9% ann in line with expectations. QLD moves into positive territory):

The story from Queensland is one of a recovery. State Final Demand (which does not account for the state’s massive exports) rose 0.7% q/q which is the best performance in 3 years. Interestingly, given the talk about the slowdown in Private Investment, this sector was up 0.9% for the quarter with investment in machinery and equipment (which accounts for 23% of Private Fixed Capital) jumping 10.4% q/q. Public sector Fixed Capital also grew strongly up 6.8% q/q which helped the Public sector grow 1.9% q/q. The net result from this renewed strength is that State Final Demand was down just 1.2% for the year 2015-16 and up 0.4% y/y; this is the best result since the end of 2014 although it still falls a little short of the 2016-17 Budget forecast of a 1.0% decline.

Pete is right to highlight the increased private sector investment in machinery and equipment as a good sign, as it suggests new businesses are opening up or existing ones are expanding, or at least they feel confident enough to replace old equipment (see my chart below). Let us hope this translates into a boost in employment soon. Along with greater dwelling construction, greater investment in machinery and equipment offset the adverse impact on Sta...

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Tuesday, 06 September

22:25

And then the dog went blind… "GroovUs Feed Anews"

I kid you not.

There’s a saying here in “straya” when you strike a run of bad luck. Something about killing a Chinaman but apparently it is not politically correct, so I won’t use that phrase. Please note… I love Chinese food and Chinese people.

A couple of weeks ago, I put Chi to bed and she pretty much woke up the next day blind. That is how it appeared to me. She goes to bed fine one night and the next day is bumping into furniture/walls/doors/us, missed her chair she attempted to jump up on and she is tripping on anything in her path.

The vet said she has been losing sight for some time and has a fully formed cataract in her left eye and an almost fully formed one in the right. Sight can appear to go suddenly.

I feel so sorry for her. She can’t put out her arms to protect herself so runs nose first into things. I’m petrified she’ll knock out a tooth so have been pedantic around the house and yard to ensure objects aren’t left laying around. I can’t do much about the walls and doors.

Sheesh, shoulda got out that pet insurance. Four gorillas for two lenses. Chi is only 6 years old. Quite young to get this problem but recovery should be quick. She is booked in to have surgery on Thursday.

Chi

So on the upside, my daughter is getting married at the end of October. Last weekend the hens party was an all girls weekend away on the Sunshine Coast. The young-uns stayed at a high-rise apartment complex on the beachfront. My girlfriend and I stayed a few metres down the road in Dad’s caravan at a caravan park. The van is part of his estate and still in probate so I can’t sell it yet but apparently I can use it.

On Friday night my friend and I had a few quiet drinks in the caravan and laughed too loudly. The drinks were quiet but we were not. Saturday we met up with the hens and we went on a riverboat cruise luncheon. My friend and I spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out on the beach. We met up with the hens later that evening for a bit of “hens business” then my friend and I went back to the caravan park and the young-uns went clubbing. (Dancing – not chasing men with clubs.) If you follow me on twitter you would have seen the little teaser I posted during the strippers performance. If you don’t follow me on twitter.. why not check it out now?  Sunday was spent back on the beach and in and out of cafes.

These photographs were taken over the weekend at Maroochydore in Queensland Australia. Please click on the gallery to enlarge.

 

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16:21

Hear Good Boy choose songs for Bad Boys "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Good Boy are a Brisbane trio often spotted sporting caps and a cool VB in hand. These boys make fine music with crisp drums, dirty basslines and cheeky bright guitar. The video to their latest single 'Poverty Line' is a fantastic montage of Rian in call-centre getup, Tom trying an air-guitar solo with a mop, and Stu as a paperboy who eats Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut for breakfast.

We asked Good Boy to put together a playlist of songs for Bad Boys.


RIAN:

Sleaford Mods, 'Tied Up In Notz'


I listen to this band a lot, usually when I’m angry or pissed off. Jason Williamson sounds like an
'ard fucker pretty much all the time and his use of both the english language and slang is goddam beautiful.

Jonathan Boulet, 'You're a Man'


I've always been a big JB fan, but when Gubba came out my taste in music had shifted I was in the perfect place to listen to the awesome mass of noise and melody that Gubba is, and in JB's most recent effort i found something really soothing. Is Anybody Dooming? Is a must listen also.

Metronomy, 'Back Together'


My close friends and I have bonded over Metronomy for a good couple of years and The English Riviera got me through my first year out of high school. This track is an incredible single of their latest, sexiest album to date. Joseph Mount does the greatest back and forth verse with himself and the outro is out of this world good.


STU

The Peep Tempel, 'Carol'


Those dark guitar chords and dry vocals sends shivers down ya spine. Perfect bad boy material

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, 'Robot Stop'


“Loosen up, tighten up, fuck shit up" 

The first track from Nonagon Infinity, about 27 insane riffs in 5 minutes - very badass

Verge Collection, 'Feel Bad Songs'


These Perth boys may be 3 hours behind but this track is the shit. I listen to the song everyday on the bus to work. "We're not happy, we're not sad - we write songs that make you feel bad”


TOM

Parquet Courts, 'Stoned and Starving'


I feel like this track has inspired some of the new songs we’re writing at the moment. At least in a guitar sort of sense. The dirty guitar tone and the punchy vocal serves up a yum choon for all you bad boys out there. 

Preoccupations (Viet Cong), 'Bunker Buster'


We supported these guys when they were in Australia last and it would have to be one of the best live music gigs I’ve seen all year. These guys are super sweet but this song is bad to the bone. 

D.D Dumbo, 'Walrus'

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10:07

Calls for Triple J to change the date of Hottest 100 and more Zedlines "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A petition calling on Triple J to change the date of the hottest 100 is currently in circulation after Brendan Busch, a Melbourne man, created a competition awarding the most proactive campaigner with a Falls festival ticket.

Brisbane City Council launches new weather app

The Brisbane City Council are today launching a new app that gives real time information alerts for predicted severe weather events.

The app issues alerts to the user's phone, based on their immediate location.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the app is a welcome expansion on the council's current SMS service, which only delivers weather alerts relevant to the registered home address.  

Gold Coast Election funding under investigation

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Monday, 05 September

14:16

Wrap-up: Peaks to Points 2016 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

mt gravatt national tree dayThe Peaks to Points festival finished in style, with around 2000 people enjoying the winter sunshine at the Oxley Creek Common for Festival Family Day presented by Brisbane MarketPlace. Children enjoyed the farm animals, dancing, theatre, gardening, insect displays, craft activities, face painting and games. Meanwhile, parents relaxed in community garden launchthe sun, listening to the sounds of Diddly Squat and enjoying the many displays by environment and community
groups, and the delicious food available. Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, officially opened the day and took the opportunity to meet many of the groups and visitors.

Events in the first week of Peaks to Points included platypus spotting (unfortunately w

ithout success) bird watching walks, guided bushwalks through forests and conservation areas, walking tours of areas under restoration,  a history walk, tours of the Greenbank Military Training area and the Oxley Sewage Treatment Plant, a nature journaling workshop, and opening of the Cornerstone Community Garden.

The second week saw more birdwatching and bush walks, a tour of the Rochedale Landfill, celebrations of Oxley Creek Catchment Association’s 20th anniversary, 20 years of the Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee, and 5 years of the Oxley Men’s Shed, plantings for National Tree Day at four sites, workshops about the Common Myna bird, composting, pond gardening, sub-tropical gardening, and keeping native stingless bees, and a for
um on the problems of plastics in the environment.

The festival is only made possible by the support of our sponsors: the Brisbane City Council (major supporter), Brisbane MarketPlace, Lend Lease, Ipswich City Council, 7 News Brisbane, Bmag and 4ZZZ.

We look forward to bringing you another action-packed festival program in 2018. Until then, get out and about and enjoy all that our local environment has to offer – from the Peaks to the Points!

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Sunday, 04 September

20:00

EP 176: No Sister; Greyface "GroovUs Feed Anews"

No Sister

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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Greenslopes Bowls Club as part of Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 13th of August 2016.

Kicking off their career in Brisbane 2014, No Sister are now calling Melbourne their home for their alt-rock noise making antics. Over the past two years, they have released four singles with a sound that has been compared to legendary noise rock artists Sonic Youth, and The Velvet Underground. They released their self titled debut album on the 30th of August 2016, which was self-recorded and mixed by the band.

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Crowbar, Brisbane, 10th of June 2016. 

Kicking it since 2014, Greyface make catchy alternative rock that you can nod your head to. Sounding somewhere in between The Smith Street Band and The Gaslight Anthem, their songs are hard hitting punk tracks with well crafted lyrics, shouted out with a raspy voice. Their debut album ‘Grey Hairs’ was released in November 2015 and has seen them win support slots for Australian punks BATPISS, Super Best Friends and The Bennies.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 4th September 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.


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Saturday, 03 September

08:10

Young Writers Award "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Message from the State Library of Queensland😀 Know a young writer with a story to tell? They could win up to $2,000 with SLQ’s Young Writers Award! State Library of Queensland’s annual Young Writers Award competition is now open for entries from Queensland writers in two age categories: 18–25 years Short stories up to 2,500 […]

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Wednesday, 31 August

16:32

VIDEO presentations from Qld Planning Laws – Reforms in Review & What’s To Come "GroovUs Feed Anews"

This month EDO Qld, in partnership with Queensland’s Department of Planning, hosted a series of free community seminars across SEQ about new planning legislation.

EDO Qld’s presentations slides and the Department of Planning’s presentation slides are now avalable for download. We have also prepared a guide to basic planning terminology you can download here.

The filmed presentations from our Gold Coast seminar are available below:

James & slides

 

 

Department of Planning presentation

 

 

Revel & slides

 

 

EDO Qld presentation

 

 

(To watch these videos, you will need to register. If you have questions...

Sunday, 28 August

20:00

EP 175: Walken; SEIMS "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Walken

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Greenslopes Bowls Club as part of Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 13th of August 2016.

Bursting out of Brisbane’s growing punk scene in 2014, Walken have wasted no time releasing music and playing shows. So far they have released three singles, two eps, toured the east coast, and supported some of Australia’s biggest names such as The Bennies, Tired Lion, and Brisbane’s own Screamfeeder. Sounding somewhere between 90’s Blink 182, and the heaviness of early offspring albums, Walken produce hard hitting alternative rock with textures of the sunshine they were written in.

SEIMS

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Brightside, 4th of March 2016.

Created by Sydney based multi instrumentalist Simeon Bartholomew, SEIMS was originally a one-man studio project when he released the debut self titled album in 2012. The album was written, performed, recorded, and produced by himself, and after its release he received multiple requests for live performances of his bedroom symphonies. After recruiting members to fill the spots of trumpet/synth, guitar, and drums, while Simeon himself welded the bass and additional synths, SEIMS has been mesmerising audiences up and down the east coast. Their late...

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