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Tuesday, 19 September

22:58

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Moving Scenes at Rockhampton Airport as RSAF KC-135R '752' Takes Deceased Singapore Armed Force's Soldier Home Central Queensland Plane Spotting

There were moving scenes at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 19 September as a 'Guard of Honour' was formed by members of the Singapore Armed Forces to honour one of their fallen comrades before the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' transported his body home to Singapore.


As reported below on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog, the KC-135R Stratotanker '752' touched down at Rockhampton Airport late on Monday 18 September as 'SAF8750' / "Singa 8750" direct from Singapore.




22:51

More Great Photos of the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Departing Rockhampton Airport Monday Central Queensland Plane Spotting

As we posted below, on Monday 18 September, the visiting United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with one of two United States Navy SEAL's Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats - truck and trailer included - along with some pallets and containers - before it departed to Hickam Air Force Base (Hickam Field) in Hawaii as "Reach 468".





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21:56

Why The Worlds Deadliest Bird Keeps Breaking Into Peoples Houses "GroovUs Feed Apodcasts"

Now this is what Im talking about! Weve heard a lot about the tough guys of the animal kingdom in recent weeks: hippos that lay the smack down on lions, hippos that terrify Steve Irwin, lions that are definitely voting yes on the gay marriage plebiscite and bears that scare the living sh*t out of mountain bikers. Now, finally, its Strayas turn.

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

I present you with the f*cking cassowary!

Faster than a bloody ninja, crankier than my mother-in-law when shes on the sauce, scarier than the thought of dying old and alone; you do not want to f*ck with these bad boys!

Why, you ask? Check out the Velociraptor claw!

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

You know what else you can add to the list though? Theyre f*cking criminals. Thats right, these colourful avian rogues are no better than smackheads and have taken to breaking into bloody houses in North Queensland.

Just last week a young cassowary innocuously named Ruthie, bailed an old bloke up, threatened him and tried to get into his house. Bloody hell!

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16:19

Yandina Wetlands surveys "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Hello all active Sunshine Coast Birders,

Many of you are aware of the Yandina Creek Wetlands and the efforts of Greg Roberts, who discovered the sites value for rare and uncommon bird species, and others to encourage the protection of this area.

Some of you would also be aware that all of these efforts paid off when Unity Waters purchased the property. With that purchase and their on-going management Yandina Creek Wetlands now should enjoy a promising future. You can read about the wetlands and Unity Water here; https://www.unitywater.com/about-us/projects-in-your-area/major-projects/yandina-creek-wetland

In exciting news for local birders Unity Water and Birdlife Australia SE Queensland have entered into an agreement that involves monitoring the wetlands periodically; specifically undertaking bird surveys. Sunshine Coast birders have an opportunity to contribute to these surveys and thus contribute to the knowledge base essential for successful management. At this stage it is not possible to visit the site unless connected with these formal surveys.

To participate in the surveys each birder must participate in a workshop such that survey methodology, species identification and recording, site safety etc, can be clearly understood. Each birder must be responsible to protect themselves from harm specifically sun, biting insects and the terrain so hats, sun-screen, long sleeves and closed shoes or boots are essential.

The dates for these workshops are, at this stage, the 11thand 25th November. The workshops would run from approximately midday until 5pm. This time frame would allow both a workshop covering the above topics within a Unity Waters building before a visit to the Wetlands to undertake a bird survey. More specific details regarding the surveys will be available prior. There are plans to run a number of surveys throughout the year. Dates, times and participants for each subsequent survey will also be advised later.

Please let me know of your interest as soon as possible,
Cheers now and good birding,

Ken
friarbird43@bigpond.com

13:57

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Bird Theme Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog

Hello all and, in particular, birders of Blackall Range,
Recently I have been approached by the Sunshine Coast Council Environmental Dept with reference to their educational displays at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. They plan to have different displays there every four months. The next theme display, to run from December 17 until March 18 is Birds.
This is where we [Birdlife SC] come in. Hopefully we can contribute to this theme and encourage folks to learn not only about Birds but birding, bird conservation and Birdlife Australia. Hopefully, too, we can encourage some more people to become members.
They have asked whether we can host some bird walks / talks and contribute to the displays in some ways. I certainly have some ideas
In the first instance though I would like birders to consider volunteering some time to lead a bird walk or three over that four month period. The number of walks would be determined by the number of volunteers but I think the more the better. Ideally it would be great to have at least one weekly walk and perhaps alternate between a mid-week and a weekend.
My suggested programme would include;
1/ intro talk to describe birding [1 minute], key birds within Mary CC [c. 10 minutes] and Birdlife Australia [c. 2minutes]
2/ intro to using binoculars [perhaps using birds within info hall] [c. 10 minutes]
3/ bird walk within reserve [c. 1 hour]
4/ bird call encouraging participants to tick off species recorded on the walk [Mary CC bird list] [c. 10 minutes]
SC Council have agreed to supply a box of binoculars which could be borrowed.
PLEASE let me know if you could assist, in some way, with this project asap.
Cheers for now
Ken
Ken Cross | Local Branch Convenor
Sunshine Coast Branch
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13:27

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 19, 2017 at 11:57AM ,

Mackay court news

September 19, 2017 at 11:57AM ,

Benjamin James Ostwald, 31, faced Mackay Magistrates Court from prison, pleading days have faced court confessing to abusing Mackay Base

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10:44

Earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD crew announcements just went next level! "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Dragonfruit

Introducing Dragonfruit, who bring a European vibe to music enthusiasts in Australia through creating a positive, inclusive and uplifting environment in which to socialise, participate and be exposed to the very best of underground house & techno music on offer both domestically and, especially, internationally. Hosting artists such as Carl Craig, Joseph Capriati, Nastia, Matthias Tanzmann, and MARCEL DETTMANN.

They will be hosting the techno pavilion at earthcore Brisbane! International DJs and local artists TBA soon!
read on

The post Earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD crew announcements just went next level! appeared first on earthcore.

08:11

MACKAY Mother-of-seven to stay in jail after string of crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 19, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Mother-of-seven to stay in jail after string of crimes

September 19, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Justine Theresa Sauney, 34, pleaded guilty to a total of 21 charges, many of them for property offences, in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

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05:59

SQM sees rental shortages by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Shortages 

SQM Research reported that vacancy rates fell across most capital cities in the month of August 2017.

The national vacancy rate of 2.2 per cent was marginally lower than the 2.3 per cent seen at the same time in the prior year. 

Melbourne (1.7 per cent) and Hobart (0.4 per cent) in particular are seeing sharp increases in median asking rents, while the vacancy rate in Adelaide was down to just 1.6 per cent from 1.9 per cent a year earlier.

In fact, Hobart has the lowest vacancy rate on record for any capital city, and both rents and prices are exploding higher.  


Vacancy rates ticked down from July in Brisbane (3.1 per cent) and Perth (4.6 per cent) in August.

The rental market Perth needs to improve for landlords - median asking rents are some 34 per cent lower than at their peak according to SQM's asking rents index. 

Meanwhile Darwin has recorded seven consecutive declines in its vacancy rate, suggesting that the rental downturn may finally be over in the Northern Territory. 

Smoothing the last 6 months of figures suggests that the rental market is not deteriorating significantly in most capital cities. 

05:32

Unmissable upcoming Lowy Institute Choosing Openness paper launch with Andrew Leigh "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Australian Shadow Assistant Treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh will be speaking at the Brisbane launch of his Lowy Institute paper Choosing Openness on the evening of Wednesday 4 October, at the Queensland College of Art in South Brisbane. This looks absolutely unmissable for anyone interested in economics and politics. Here is the summary from the website:

In-conversation with Andrew Leigh and Sam Roggeveen, Senior Fellow of the Lowy Institute, followed by a Q&A.

In the early part of the twentieth century, the world turned inwards as fear shut down flows of people and goods across national borders. A century later, can we make a better choice?

Please join us for the launch of Choosing Openness, a new Lowy Institute Paper by the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP and published by Penguin Random House Australia.

Across the developed world, global engagement has become a major political fault line. Some say that trade, investment, and immigration are threats rather than opportunities. Global uncertainty, rising inequality, and populism present real challenges to globalists. Choosing Openness argues that Australias past prosperity has flowed from engaging with the world. An open Australia requires stronger advocacy and smarter policies.

Such a discussion is especially needed in Queensland at the moment, given the recent adoption of the Buy Queensland procurement policy, one of the most illogical and misguided pieces of policy implemented in recent times in this State. Recall this is the policy that massively favours local firms in procurement processes, risks a blowout in government expenses, and has upset the New Zealand Government, causing a trade policy headache for the federal government. I strongly suspect Buy Queensland is inconsistent with the views that will be advanced by Dr Leigh in his Choosing Openness paper. I hope that the policy is discussed in either the conversation or Q&A component of the evening.

My previous posts on the new Buy Queensland procurement policy include:

Comments to Radio NZ on Buy Qld policy

Protectionist Buy Qld policy unlikely to survive in current form

Interview on Buy Qld with Dave Pellowe

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02:53

Mysterious 'explosion' rattles homes in Moranbah, Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mystery surrounds a loud explosion that shook Moranbah homes overnight. Just before 11pm, numerous residents reported hearing a huge 'bang' that seemingly shook their homes. A Queensland Police media spokeswoman confirmed police were alerted to a potential explosion around 10.49pm. "We received a call from someone saying they had heard an enormous bang that sounds like an explosion," the QPS spokeswoman said.

01:11

Responsibility to Protect the Rohingya? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

This is a guest post (begun as a series of tweets) by Phil Orchard, Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations at the University of Queensland and the Research Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He is the author of A Right to Flee: Refugees, States, and the Construction of International Cooperation, the forthcoming Protecting the Internally Displaced: Rhetoric and Reality and, with Alexander Betts, the co-editor of Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice. He tweets @p_orchard.

The past three weeks have seen remarkable violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. On 25 August, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) launched a series of coordinated attacks on police posts and a military base which killed twelve government officials. The ARSA, an armed insurgency organization which began its first attacks in October, claims that their goal is have the Rohingya be a recognized ethnic group within Myanmar.  While many Rohingya can trace their roots back centuries in Myanmar, the government considers them to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. It does not recognize the term Rohingya, and has refused to grant them citizenship; as a result the vast majority of the groups members have no legal documentation, effectively making them stateless and face significant discrimination and government restrictions.

The Myanmar government has responded to the ARSA by branding it a terrorist organization and claiming that the Tatmadaw, the Armed Forces of Myanmar, is using clearance operations to target militants. Even Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed terrorists for a h...

Monday, 18 September

22:12

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' Arrives into Rockhampton Airport as "Singa 8750" on a Sad Mission Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Monday 18 September, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' was photographed into Rockhampton Airport as 'SAF8750' / "Singa 8750" direct from Singapore.






With the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy still parked on Gate 6, the KC-135R initially taxied in and parked on the Northern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron under the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower.

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21:47

United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport as "Reach 468" Central Queensland Plane Spotting

The large military jet action at Rockhampton Airport continued on Sunday 17 September with United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 touching down from Darwin as "Reach 468".  It had arrived into Darwin from U-Tapao-Pattaya International Airport in Thailand the previous day.






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21:37

United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Loaded with US Navy Stealth Boat and Departs Rockhampton Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

After arriving into Rockhampton Airport the previous day, on Monday 18 September, the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with one of the two Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats which are operated by the United States Navy SEAL's and were in Central Queensland to participate in joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17).






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16:37

Upcoming exhibition showcases wonders of Minjerribah "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Bringing to life the natural and cultural history of North Stradbroke Island, Mirroring Minjerribah is a one-night-only exhibition that features the works of over sixteen emerging Brisbane artists. The exhibition features works by students from Griffith Universitys Queensland College of Art and Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which respond to an immersive week-long experience on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). []

The post Upcoming exhibition showcases wonders of Minjerribah appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

15:53

South-East Oz Part 2: NSW Riverina sunshinecoastbirds

Superb Parrot
We had a Pink Cockatoo in the camping ground on our last morning at Lake Cargelligo (see following post) and two more at the treatment works, where Swamp Harrier and Spotted Harrier also showed. We headed south through the NSW Riverina to the rice town of Leeton, known as a birding hotspot, for a 2-night stay at the showgrounds.

Superb Parrot pair
It wasn't long before the first Superb Parrots flew overhead and I was soon enjoying close encounters with several birds of this aptly named species on the well-wooded golf course adjoining the showgrounds.


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13:48

Corruption between resources, energy and government is real "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

There is an urgent need for a cleanup in the relationship between the energy industry, government and the bureaucracy. Mounting evidence points towards an improper association that is feeding  corruption, as the industry offers inducements to open the way the benefit of the major shareholders.

To an extent, it is already clear that there exists a network of payments mainly going into the Coalition parties. Payments that often  arrive by  circuit, designed to prevent disclosure under Australias existing and inadequate disclosure laws and there is good reason to believe that donations to political parties and other types of payments are significant enough to ensure that policy is effectively written in the boardrooms and then rubber stamped in parliament by willing politicians.

Nothing shows this more clearly than Australias energy policy and the containment of the debate over where to go from here. In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence and the experience of changing weather patterns, it remains that government keeps on refusing to act decisively to reduce carbon emissions.

One suggestion that is often made  is that there is an ideological block, keeping the politicians locked into the religion of free market. After all, we have constantly been reminded that only the forces of demand and supply, unhindered by government interference, will provide the answers.

The truth is that they dont believe this any more than anyone else does. The best proof is that they have put into place a truckload of measures that bring government into the centre of regulation and control, not for the purpose of ensuring the needs of society are met, when these do not coincide with the corporations bottom line, but to assist them to expand their activities and guarantee a certain level of profitability. Their opposition is not to government intervention. Its just to certain kinds on intervention.

From the corporate viewpoint, paying for service makes good business sense, when the opportunity exists.

A good reason to suspect why the industry is currently enjoying so much support is that is has been paying for the service.

Two controversies have begun to untangle the web more than anything else and they are the Adani project in Queensland and events around fracking industry.

How is this help being given? By establishing generous funds to help with new proje...

10:41

Timber and Steel Premiere: Well Meet Halfway from The Acfields "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Image Courtesy of The Acfields Sibling folk duo The Acfields havent made life easy for themselves, given theyve decided to live in different cities. With Hannah in Melbourne and Dan in Brisbane, The Acfields have to overcome the tyranny of distance to write, record and tour but somehow they make it work. The new []

09:55

RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-441 Completes Airwork at Fraser Coast Airports - Plus an Army MRH-90 Pops in! Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Monday 11 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-441 was noted completing airwork around Bundaberg Airport.  It looked to fly North from RAAF Base Amberley and was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Trojan 20".

A97-441 taxis in at Rockhampton Airport during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017  (File photo)

After it had finished at Bundaberg Airport, A97-441 then ventured to Maryborough Airport where it was seen to complete a missed approach.  It then continued back to Amberley.

Meanwhile, on Friday 8 September, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-018 was spotted calling into Maryborough Airport.  It's exact movements are not known but local aviation enthusiast David G reports that the crew enjoyed the brief 'comfort' stop!



Thanks mate!

Photos taken by Daniel Bishop and David Geck  

09:40

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR MOJO'S MOBILE CATERING The Handmade Expo and Vintage Market

Stallholder Profile for Mojo's Mobile Catering

  • Your name: Jenny Overson

  • Your Business name and Facebook name and link: Mojos Mobile Catering (that is my trading name and Facebook name)

  • The suburb/town you live in now: Harlin 4306

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I make deep fried desserts such as Oreos and Mars Bars,Twix, bananas, apples, bananas in bacon and my newest addition is funnel cakes. They taste like a hot donut but look nothing like it. I serve all of these with or without Bulla Ice cream and topping of the customers choice.


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