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Sunday, 17 February

11:51

Cats Kittens Gone Lentil

No food today. Just cats.

Yesterday, the 16th of February, was Dim Sim's 19th birthday. She spent the days as she always does, snoozing in her chair cave while having food brought to her. And then we snuggled all night. I hope I have many more years to spend with her.

Dim Sim's 19th birthday


Today is the two year anniversary of Sahara's passing. How has it already been two years? I don't know. I miss her so much. She was such a bright, enthusiastic, energetic little bear, how is she not still here being her?

Sahara sitting pretty


And speaking of missing people so much, here is a photo of Gizmo as well. I miss her calm, sweet, love.

Gizmo and mousey


Hug your babies close.

00:37

AOK Hong Kong Cafe - Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island, New Territories, Hong Kong my name is Food.


Ngong Ping Village was somewhere we wanted to go to see the Big Buddha, plus ride in the cable car ride which goes across the island allowing us to see panoramic views of Lantau Island, Hong Kong Airport and the seascape. Oh, you can also catch a glimpse of the Buddha too. Before starting our walk and hike up, we decided to have a quick meal and found ourselves in a traditional style cafe.


Was able to snap a photo before it got very crowded, it was a very hot hot day indeed.


Shrimp Wonton Noodle was a warm and easy simple meal to have during our trip to Ngong Ping. The broth was not very strong in terms of taste as it tasted quite bland with a slight hint of salt. The simple chinese vegetables gave the noodle soup the crunch texture while the shrimp wonton was made quite well, not simply falling off its skin.

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Saturday, 16 February

23:18

Gong Cha - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong my name is Food.


OMG, we finally found a Gong Cha and just had to buy one. The price was cheaper than what we would pay in Brissie which was upsetting. It's like paying for a regular for the size of a large... gah, not wanting to think for too long since we were walking back to our hotel, we decided to just buy a large Bubble Tea.


So many flavours that we havent' seen nor tasted before but we thought for comparison reasons and for equality, we thought we could just get our usual Taro Milk Tea with pearls. The taro pulp always adds that extra texture which we enjoyed instead of just a powdery taro bubble tea. The pearls were cooked well, not too hard nor too soft, just the right consistency of chewyness.

23:04

McDonald's - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong my name is Food.


Whenever and wherever we travel, we always seem to make a stop over in McDonald's.  Either once or twice or even for a midnight snack. There isn't a specific reason why but maybe so that we can try the different items available that we won't be able to find in down under. A few items available in Hong Kong that is definitely different would be their twisty pasta. Imagine macaroni, eggs, a choice of sausage or grilled chicken or ham served in a hot chicken or tonkotsu broth with other greens. Gosh, that's definitely something you won't find..


Sausage McMuffin w Egg, a classic from one of McDonald's breakfast options. The patty however, was different to the one we're used to in Brissie. The spice in the sausage was more distinct than what I've tasted usually as a breakfast.

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19:00

Izakaya Rokun - Runcorn Espresso & Matcha


One of my board game buddies has long recommended that I try out Rokun Izakaya, a new Korean run Japanese eatery in Runcorn plaza. Situated next to Moge tea, it has become fairly popular, thus making it even more difficult to source a parking spot during peak hours. Nevertheless determined, I made a point to try it out.


Arriving early, the restaurant was fairly empty. We were the only ones there along with another table. Service was fast.


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17:00

Plum & Ginger Relish Small Batch Preserving Tiffin bite sized food adventures

white dish of purple plum & ginger relish with chunks of cheese and sourdough starter crackers in the background

I enjoy making jams and chutneys but with only two of us in the house, it takes forever to finish a jar of anything. Even gifting does little to make a dent into stockpiles. The answer is small batch preserving. Theres no need for kilos of fruit and sugar. This Plum & Ginger Relish is ideal. A dozen plums will get you started.

white dish of purple plum & ginger relish with chunks of cheese and sourdough starter crackers in the background

We had some visitors in our house over Christmas. When they departed, they left behind some fruit and vegetables. This included a dozen or so plums. Whilst plums were in the shops, it was really too early in the season for them. The plums were tart and verging on over ripe. They werent spoiled, they just werent very nice to eat. Rather than waste them I decided to make a relish to use with cheese and cold meats. Even a modest dozen plums created ample relish, with 1 huge and 2 small jars.

overhead view of dish of plum and ginger relish with chunks of cheese and sourdough crackers on a wooden board

Ive used plums but this would be equally suitable with any stone fruit including the often disappointing apricot. Like all chutneys and preserves, Plum & Ginger Relish benefits from some keeping time in the jar. This allows the vinegar to mellow and the relish to continue to thicken. Having said that, its ready to eat now, so tuck in. Its great with my Leftover Sourdough Starter Crackers that you can see in the photo above. Recipe here!

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Friday, 15 February

11:32

Eating Out: Yavanna (mostly sweet edition) Kittens Gone Lentil

In my last post, I covered some of the meals I'd had at Yavanna, but I also mentioned that they have a great selection of baked goods. It changes day by day, so you are never entirely sure what will be there. But they always have several delicious options, some of which are also gluten free, and some of which are savoury. While I've only eating in the restaurant a few times, for a while I was in a habit of popping in for a little treat. Especially at the end of a Saturday shift! I like to get myself a treat, go home, and watch Steven Universe. A good ritual, though it has been a while since I've been. Buckle in for a trip down things I've bought lane.

German Poppy Seed Pastries

German Pastries at Yavanna


Cheese and Vegemite Scroll

Cheese and Vegemite Scroll from Yavanna


Vanilla Slice

Vanilla Slice from Yavanna


Strawberry Curd Doughnuts

Strawberry Curd Doughnuts from Yavanna


Glazed Berry Cake

Glazed Berry Cake from Yavanna


Apple Crumble Cake with Roasted Tahini

Apple Crumble Cake with Roasted Tahini at Yavanna


Cardamon Sugar Doughnut and Chocolate ANZAC Sandwich Cookie

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Wednesday, 13 February

19:00

Flour and Chocolate - Northgate Espresso & Matcha


If one asked me to name my top five guilty pleasures, no doubt french pastries would make their way into the list. Having tried out quite a few within Brisbane, there can be no question that Flour and Chocolate are one of the best in the business. With their little store on Morningside, I try to stop by every time I'm in the area, which unfortunately isn't that often. Fortunately for Adam, they opened up a second and far more bigger store at Northgate, a quick 15 minute train ride from his place, a grueling 2 hour trek from mine. But he was super keen and wanted to support the owners, so we went on opening day.



With a delicious array of baked goods, we were pressed for choice. I could tell quite a few other patrons were in the same boat as us. Ordering at the counter, service was a little confusing as there appeared to be two lines for drinks and food. Turns out you order drinks at the food counter and pick it up at the drinks counter.

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11:54

Eating Out: Yavanna (savoury edition) Kittens Gone Lentil

Yavanna opened earlier this year to a lot of buzz. All vegan, the focus is heavy on mock meaty and cheesy creations, with a pretty amazing selection of baked goods to boot as well as a full vegan bar. Despite it being only a five minute walk from my work, I've only been to eat there a handful of times. But the general acclaim on the vegan scene is good, and it gets super busy! The menu has changed a few times, and they also have fortnightly specials as well.

The first time I went was for lunch, and I was feeling like something a bit lighter. Lighter can be hard to find at Yavanna! I settled on the Brinner Omelet (with mushrooms, spinach, tomato, onion, and cheese... served with a side of tater tots and some guacamole), and some garlicky greens. There wasn't much mushroom or spinach in the omelet, and it could have been cheesier, but it was pretty tasty and a good texture. The garlicky greens were lovely, though a little bit on the oily side.

Brinner at Yavanna


Garlic Greens at Yavanna


This one time, I discovered on the Saturday morning of my weekend off that I had left my laptop charger cable at work. This was my old laptop, that wouldn't work without being plugged into the wall. So to make the trip in to work to get it seem more justified, I stopped in for breakfast at Yavanna. It was a cool day, so a turmeric latte was definitely on the cards. I am happy to report theirs is good!

Turmeric Latte at Yavanna


I ordered the Bacon Toasted Sandwich, with a side of tater tots. The side ended up being a whole bowl! This was a yummy and pretty filling and decadent breakfast! Yavanna will never leave you hungry.

Bacon Sandwich and Tater Tots at Yavanna


Another lunch visit, they had a fortnightly special that was a burrito filled with mac and cheese, chicken parm, and fries. Of course I had to go there! It was so good, they crispe...

00:21

Guangdong Barbecue Restaurant - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong my name is Food.


Trying to find this place was not as easy, especially if we neither of us spoke the language. We found our way however to this double or triple story restaurant tucked away in Ashley Road. We were then escorted upstairs to our table and weren't sure what to expect but knew we had to at least get one of their roasts.


Although the place may not look the best with aircon not so cool, sweaty diners inside and  finding it hard to get the waiters' attention when wanting to order, the place seemed to have been packed with people even queueing out the front. The food wasn't as good as what we thought it would be. Or maybe we just had that idea of what it would be, how it would taste and so on..

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Tuesday, 05 February

07:50

Breakfast with Keith De Lacy & me to discuss Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Former Queensland Treasurer Keith De Lacy AM and I will speak at an upcoming breakfast in West End, Brisbane on Wednesday 27 February at the Connor Court Book Room regarding my recently published book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next: Queenslands Public Finances since Sir Joh and Sir Leo. Im very much looking forward to hearing more of Keiths insights into Queenslands fiscal history and our current situation. Keith made some great contributions to Queensland during his time as Goss government Treasurer (1989-1996), overseeing generally strict budget management and the corporatisation of government-owned businesses, among other achievements. Since that time, Keith has had a distinguished business career and is a former President of the Queensland division of the AICD.

If youre interested in Queensland state politics or concerned about our current state finances, I expect you would get a lot out of this event in addition to an excellent cooked breakfast from one of West Ends fine cafes. You can book for the breakfast via Eventbrite:

Breakfast with Keith De Lacy and Gene Tunny

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Tuesday, 29 January

12:37

NEW IPSWICH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR MY HOUSE OF CRAFT "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Stallholder Profile for My House of Craft



  • Your name: Kristie Tasney
  • Your Business name and Facebook name and link: My House of Craft https://www.facebook.com/MyHouseofCraft/
  • The suburb/town you live in now: Brisbane 
  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I love creating a range of terrariums, succulent displays and mini gardens. I have always been fond of anything miniature and small and have always tried different arts and crafts so find my current hobby very enjoyable. To make mini gardens the best skills to have are imagination and patience as it is a very fiddly job with tweezers, small scissors and tiny plants being turned into little landsca...

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Tuesday, 08 January

13:21

Feb 2019 Permaculture Design Course "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Come join us for our 25-year Silver Jubilee Permaculture Design Course on Saturdays from 9 February to 25 May 2019. Visions of an Ancient Wisdom This unique course, delivered over 16 weeks in Brisbane, gives you the knowledge and skills to observe and design from the natural patterns to create productive gardens & properties, grow []

The post Feb 2019 Permaculture Design Course appeared first on Northey Street City Farm.

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Sunday, 30 December

11:34

Local Trivia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Very local! around my house and yard!
After the big hail storm it took me a little while to discover the amount of damage that had been done to the trees and plants around my yard.  This Leopard Tree is mid way across my back yard and very visible from my back window. Every year it loses some of the leaves but this is what the hail storm did - I could get a good view right through all the leaves and see all the birds that usually hide somewhere in there.

Slowly the dead looking branches flushed with new color and soon after that leaves covered everything again.
This palm tree is in front of the Leopard Tree and shows the hail damage. Some of the fronds were totally dead - many more badly shredded and right in the middle is a new green frond. However it will take a while for some of the palms to look really good again.
It was the palm trees out the front garden that were the most surprising. I assume it was a response to the severe weather and then the soaking rain we got a few days later. They all put up flower stems and then set seeds at a similar time.

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Friday, 02 November

13:17

The Duke of Sussex St I "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Duke of Sussex officially marked the arrival of Invictus games by raising a flag on Sydney harbour bridge.

I have marked the occasion by having a closer look at places in Australia named Sussex.

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/afternoons/brisbane-files-with-greg-manning-invictus-games/10440742

Alexandra Hils

So far, Ive counted over 60 places in Australia, called Sussex.  Most of them are streets.   And, Ive counted 26 different Aboriginal nations, which have the name Sussex mapped onto their Country.

Among all these places named Sussex, there are a couple that look like specific references to a Duke of Sussex.

Im looking at an old sketch of the Town of Sydney made around the time that Thomas Brisbane arrived there, to be Governor of NSW.

Its got a Sussex St.

It also has the Government Garden marked out.  That was the venue for the cycling on Sunday.

The Sussex St refers to the first duke of Sussex, Augustus Frederick, son of George and Charlotte.

On this map, the Duke is presented as part of a family his Mum and Dad get some streets named after them and so do his brothers the Dukes of Kent, Cambridge, York, Clarence, Cornwall, and Cumberland.

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Monday, 17 September

16:53

Australian Magpie "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Magpies are not uncommon in Aussies backyards but I have not had any in my yard since I moved up here nearly 15 years ago. However, not everyone likes these birds in their yard. They often become very aggressive during the breeding season and they are big birds with big strong beaks. This is the bird that has recently been visiting my yard - I think it is a male.

 More often it sees me coming with the camera and  takes off. I am hoping that it will get more used to me as time goes on.
 In my opinion these are some of the smartest birds around! I came to this opinion some years ago when living in New South Wales. My house was next door to my parent's house but about 300 meters down the hill. There were magpies nesting in a big tree behind their house. We found out later that some teens who lived close by had made a habit of throwing stones at the birds and their nest. I think this was what had initially made these birds so very aggressive. But not to Mum! She gardened close under their nest and when she saw the birds she talked softly to them.  They used to come to her back door and 'warble' to her until she came out with some crumbs. But not me!! I had only to open my door to walk up to her house and they would aggressively swoop down and threaten to  attack me. My solution was to borrow Mums floppy blue hat that she always wore out in the yard. It worked As long as I had her blue hat on my head those birds ignored me. Smart birds!!   Hopefully the one now visiting my yard will get as friendly as Mum's birds became.                             

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Tuesday, 31 July

07:45

Winter in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

I think I have been reading too many posts about gardens and flowers and fresh veges up in the northern hemisphere. I do wish that my garden looked lovely and tidy again but I am NOT  a dedicated gardener - and when energy levels are low it is way down on my list of important things to do. So things kind of get along by themselves and because this is SE Queensland they just grow a little bit slower in the winter, The climate here is very nice except when it gets a bit cold at night and then I have a whinge about it!!

I planted two banksia roses outside my kitchen window and they are just now starting to flower. The yellow one has fewer flowers but they are bright and beautiful. With buds like these the white flowering one should look good soon. A whole flock of sparrows came and twittered and fluttered in there close to the window but as soon as I moved to get the camera they were gone. I am not having too much luck with bird photos recently.
I planted a number of "bottle-brush" trees along the sides at the back of the yard and they always look good when they flower. Also the birds love them but unfortunately those birds are usually LBJ's (little brown jobs) that do not sit still to have photos taken.
Now this is one plant I haven't seen in those northern hemisphere gardens! In this climate when I buy a nice fresh pineapple I cut the top off it and just put it in the soil. As long as it is not disturbed it eventually grows - even when the whole patch of ground gets covered with weeds.  This pineapple is not...

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Monday, 21 May

10:38

JUSTIN TKATCHENKO FOOLED EVERYONE, EM PASIM AI BILONG YUPLA "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


JUSTIN TKATCHENKO WAS STILL MP AND GOVERNMENT MINISTER WHILE HOLDING ONTO HIS AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP Where is the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)? If you are a foreigner and trying to purchase your first property in Australia, your application to purchase is strictly processed by that Board. Ted Taru a PNG National went thru the process, paid a nonrefundable fee of $15,000 to instigate the process. You are asked all sorts of questions like, where did you get the money, how you get it, contract documents, bank accounts etc.....very very scary but he did get his approval and bought the property in Cairns eventually. Now the question is.....was that Gardener cum MP an Australian citizen when he bought those properties? If that was the case he wasn't questioned because he doesn't have to go thru the FIRB as an Australian citizen, and on the other hand, was he qualified and eligible to contest the National Elections if he can easily acquire those properties with ease!? He circumvented laws and regulations here and in Australia! Investigations is a must The owner of a Brookfield property is battling Brisbane City Council and a local residents group to build an aviary big enough to house 600 finches alongside her home. Catherine Tkatchenko, whose husband is Papua New Guinea cabinet minister Justin Tkatchenko, paid $1.77 million for the 34,470sq m Brookfield Road site in 2015. The couple also own a $1.1m house at Fig Tree Pocket, in Brisbanes west. Plans lodged with the council in 2016 proposed a 320sq m house almost 11m in height, 30 aviaries over 380sq m, plus a lake, fountain, pool and small animal stables. In response to the plans, 178 residents lodged objections that raised concerns about noise and odours from the aviaries and stables, and described the buildings as an eyesore. A seven-page submission from the community-based Rural Environment Planning Association said the scale of an...

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Wednesday, 02 May

13:03

Renovations to New Farm Neighbourhood Centre "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Plans are underway to renovate New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.

New Farm Community Centre has been a part of your community for 32 years. Established in 1986 and providing a wide range of activities such as counselling, support network services, play groups, yoga, art classes and so much more.

New Farm Community Centre has been a friend of this community for so many years, and now the centre is being revitalised thanks to funding from the Queensland State Government.
The proposed improvements include:

  • A large community garden;
  • Renovating the front faade to provide better seating and landscaping;
  • Providing more disability access and bathroom facilities;
  • Complete internal renovation on the front building and lifting to become two storeys; and
  • Two additional meeting and consultation rooms.

You can view the current plans here

You can see a copy of the land sign here

View an open invitation to our community consultation event here

See the Flood Overlay Engineering Report here

View the Environmental Assessment Report here

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Friday, 27 April

16:16

Oxley Creek Transformation Project Draft Master Plan "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brisbane City Council) has prepared a draft Master Plan for a $100 million Project to revitalise this corridor, transforming it into a world-class green lifestyle and leisure destination.

Four priority projects proposed for the short to medium-term (0-10 years) are listed below:

  • Multi-use trials along 20 km of Oxley Creek (from Larapinta to Tennyson)
  • Oxley Creek Common Bird Sanctuary
  • Archerfield Wetlands Parkland and Oxley Creek Recreation and Interpretive Centre at Archerfield Wetlands
  • Nature-based Adventure Park at Larapinta

Two strategic plans prioritised for the short-term and on-going:

Strategic Corridor Restoration Plan

  • to direct rehabilitation efforts to ensure environmental benefits across the whole of Oxley Creek corridor.

Sustainable Economic Development Strategy

  • environmentally friendly economic hubs within, and along the edge of the Oxley Creek corridor will help fund its ongoing transformation.

OCCA urges you to read and provide public comment on the draft Master Plan:

http://oxleycreek.com.au/master-plan

The OCCA Management Committee will release a statement next month, following a thorough review of the draft Master Plan and committee discussions.

OCCA appreciates all communication on the draft Master Plan to be directed to us via

  1. a) email to info@oxleycreekcatchment.org.au or
  2. b) phone (07) 3345 5541

 

Other links of interest:

Council overview and information:

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/natural-environment/brisbanes-creeks-rivers/protect-our-waterways/oxley-creek-transformation

Info on the priority projects:

http://www.oxleycreek.com.au/draft-master-plan-priority-projects

Attend one the Have your say Community Engagement events:

http://www.oxleycreek.com.au/have-your-say-engagement-events

 

 

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Thursday, 22 March

09:53

Some like it HOTA: The Gold Coast gets innovative and edgy "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Criena Gehrke, CEO and director of HOTA: Home of the Arts. Photo supplied.

Things are changing on the Gold Coast; its no longer the cultural vacuum that many joked it was decades ago.

These days, thanks to the investment of The Gold Coast City Council, this coastal city is quickly making its name as an impressive arts hub. Just last weekend the council gifted the community a free Tim Minchin concert to celebrate the opening of the beautiful new 3,500-seater outdoor amphitheatre.

The Gold Coast Arts Centre has been renamed to signal a new direction and new commitment to the arts and the Gold Coast and hinterland community. HOTA: Home of the Arts.

Standing front and centre is Criena Gehrke, CEO and director of the precinct. Hailing from Melbourne, Gehrke relocated four years ago and was instrumental in developing the citys cultural contract.

Gehrkes background in theatre, and her passion for site-specific work and community engagement is evident in the upcoming programming planned for HOTA this year.

Art meets life

Part of what we are committed to here is creating a great place of community.Part of the change is that the Arts Centre has been a great and well-regarded arts centre and when you grow it into an arts precinct it has to be an experience. We have a lake, a parkland, and facilities come and swim in the lake, get your feet sandy, come and see a show. This is a place where art meets life.

Gehrkes vision is a less passive way of viewing art. Its about community getting engaged and involved in what is presented.

I would hate to see the demise of the proscenium arch play, but you have to encourage people to engage thats our ambition to be a platform for great national and international artists and our home-grown artists.

It seems too good to be true. A council that actually values arts and culture?

The mayor and th...

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Wednesday, 22 November

19:09

Bulimba's wildlife surviving in suburbia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Small-leaved lilly pilly, INSET: Australasian figbird (male), Bulimba.

A sunny afternoon spent in Bulimba last Thursday afternoon offered up some great encounters with a variety of reptiles, birds and insects.

Parking near the main shopping and dining precinct along Oxford Street, I explored the shady edges of the adjacent Memorial Park first, finding a gravid dark bar-sided skink (Concinnia martini) outside her hideaway in a fig tree hollow.

Little friarbird (Philemon citreogularis), Bulimba.
Elsewhere in the park, a straw-necked ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) performed free sportsfield maintenance for the community, using its long bill to reach at grubs eating the grass roots.

I then walked down Godwin Street en route to another park, noting a beautiful small-leaved lilly pilly (Syzigium luehmannii) fruiting beside the footpath.
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Sunday, 10 September

14:44

2017 CALENDAR UPDATES "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

September 13 Wednesday Outing Park Lakes, Bli Bli   Leader Vince Lee & Paul Jensen
October 14 Saturday Outing All day twitch various locations          Leaders Steve Popple + others
Mini Twich -  to raise monies for a conservation cause. The idea is to see and / or hear as many bird species as possible between the hours of 7am and 6pm on Saturday October 14 anywhereon the Sunshine Coast.
The twitch will begin at Petrie Park Nambour at 7.00am and finish at 6.00pm at Felix Parry Park Marcoola at the Lorraine Ave end, turn right off Petrie Ave. [Dining options include Four Fat Fish Seafood or other takeaway places opposite.]
Minimum team size 2 maximum 4. Make your own team or just turn up on the day and join one. Participation cost? $20 per person suggested.
Please RSVP to Steve Popple at bushescapes@bigpond.com

October 18 Wednesday Outing Scarfe Road                Leader John Malings
One of the Councils new reserves - Scarffe Road Glenview. This reserve is fenced off and not open to the public, it includes a large quarried lake including adjoining maintenance roadways and is surrounded by riparian rainforest. It also adjoins existing Mooloolah River Esplanade Reserves.
The entrance gates are located at the end of Scarffe Road before the bridge (private property), there is plenty of parking along Scarffe Road.
To get there:
Enter Mooloolah Connection Road off Steve Irwin Way, then enter Scarffe Road (WHICH IS NOT SIGNPOSTED) off Mooloolah Connection Road at Glenview. Scarffe Road is the first road on your right. If you have reached Stevens Road you have gone approximately 300 metres too far. Public toilets are located about 1.3 kilometres down Mooloolah Connection Road at Ewen Maddock Dam Reserve.
November 11 - Saturday Outing Gheerulla Falls track, Mapleton Leader Ken Cross
November 15 Wednesday Outing Toorbul                    Leader John Kooistra & Vince Lee
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Sunday, 03 September

17:41

Advanced notice of our October weekend outing. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

We will be conducting a Mini Twich to raise monies for a conservation cause. The idea of course is to see and / or hear as many bird species as possible between the hours of 7am and 6pm on Saturday October 14.

The twitch will begin at Petrie Park Nambour at 7.00am and finish at 6.00pm at Felix Parry Park Marcoola at the Lorraine Ave end, turn right off Petrie Ave. [Dining options include Four Fat Fish Seafood or other takeaway places opposite.]

Minimum team size 2 maximum 4. Make your own team or just turn up on the day and join one. Participation cost? $20 per person suggested.

Please RSVP to Steve Popple at bushescapes@bigpond.com


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Monday, 07 August

14:25

AUGUST MID WEEK WALK "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Hi all,

The mid week outing for August is happening on the 16thAugust at the Maroochydore Botanical Gardens. The walk will be led by Vince Lee.

Please arrive at 7-45am so as to ensure an 8am start. As usual please bring a chair and morning tea. Be sun smart.


The Maroochy Botanical Gardens are located at Tanawha. The Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden comprises 82 hectares of lush forested areas and is located off Tanawha Tourist Drive. The gardens are a place of natural beauty, where visitors can come for a peaceful stroll and relax as they walk through the fern gullies and past the on-site lagoon.

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Wednesday, 19 July

18:25

Forthcoming Outings "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A quick up-date regarding forthcoming outings.

There is a mid week outing on Wednesday, July 26 to Ben Bennet Botanical Garden in Caloundra led by Vince Lee. Please meet at the Queen Street entrance at 8am. Remember to bring morning tea, water etc. Good opportunities for birding after in and around the Caloundra headlands. No RSVP necessary.

Notice too for a week end away for the weekend of 18, 19 and 20 of August. The plan is to depart Nambour c5-30pm on the 18 for Esk. Saturday would involve a day trip to Lockyer Valley a variety of habitats which promise a suite of many species uncommon or impossible on the Sunshine Coast. Sunday will have a mornings birding close to Esk before driving back to the Sunshine Coast in the afternoon. Cost tba, however it will be in the $150 ball park I imagine, depending on numbers. The price will include transport, accommodation and lunches on Saturday and Sunday. Please register your interest asap as it is a case of first in best dressed.

Our Saturday August outing will be to Sheep Station Creek details to follow.

Cheers
Ken


Ken Cross | Local Branch Convenor                       
Sunshine Coast Branch
BirdLife Southern Queensland
PO Box 375                                   &nb...

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Saturday, 15 July

17:02

Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog "IndyWatch Feed Seq"





PROPOSED OUTINGS & EVENTS 2017 UPDATE:


July 7, 8, 9 Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour   Contact Robyn Combes robyn.combes62@gmail.com

July 15 Saturday Outing Ferntree National Park. Near Nambour   Leader Ken Cross / Vince Lee

July 16 BEGINNERS WALK - (invite beginners from Garden expo)     Leader Ken Cross / Vince Lee

July 26 Wednesday Outing Ben Bennett Botanical Park, Caloundra (Sugarbag Rd entrance) Leader  Vince Lee/John Kooistra

August 5 - Saturday Outing Sheep Station Creek, Caboolture    Leader Ken Cross & Russ Lamb

August 16 Wednesday Outing Maroochy Bota...

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Thursday, 01 June

16:36

SunFlower Maze "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

We had an 'official'* opening of the Beachmere State School Sunflower Maze today, with preschooler and kindergarten guests.
The young tourists planted some tomatoes and munched through some of our cucumber harvest.
Maze planted and nursed by the primary school students in the school garden and students from Years 5 and 6 conducted the youngsters through the maze (in case we lost any**).
The Maze will persist as a perennial Vetiver grass maze over the next few years.
Parents can access the Maze on Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings. 




* BSS Principal, Brad Geisel, cut the ribbon.
** No children have permanently been lost in the Maze.

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Thursday, 23 March

15:26

The Cart Community Coffee "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Cart Community Coffee is a socially inclusive coffee hub, at which people from within the wonderfully diverse community that is the New Farm peninsula can come together over an excellent cup of coffee.

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre has always provided a welcoming and relaxing place for people to meet and tap into local support services. The Cart Community Coffee extends that welcome by providing somewhere where people can pass time with friends in a safe and relaxing environment. It also creates employment opportunities for those without work by training them to work as baristas.

Neighbours, commuters, passers-by and other members of the community are invited to stop and share a coffee in the gardens or to pick up a take-away on their way past.

When you buy a cup of coffee you have the choice of spending a little extra to pay a coffee forward for someone who is unable to buy one.

Open every day 6am-12pm, New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, 967 Brunswick St New Farm.

View the menu and price list here.

The Cart Community Coffee is an initiative of the Patrons of New Farm and made possible with the generous support of Merlo Coffee and Communify.

 

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Wednesday, 01 February

10:08

Book in. Volunteer at the Beachmere State School. Help grow kids. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Here's your chance to help out the young in our community.
Beachmere State School runs a volunteer program  that enables folk like you to work with and for the children of our community.
There is a range of volunteer options to choose from and you get to work in a dynamic educational community.
From facilitating the school community garden to helping out with reading or food prep, the volunteer team is an essential element in the school's day to day activities.
Interested?
The next Volunteer Induction  will be held on Tuesday 7 February at 2pm.
Ring the school on 5433 9222 to flag your interest and book in. 

SPECIAL REQUEST

The school garden project needs keen gardeners. If you have any penchant to green thumbery,  each Tuesday (all day) we need adults to work with a succession of nine grades -- from prep up -- planting, harvesting and mucking about  growing stuff.
Great kids to work with.
As well as out and about among the beds, we have a very large shade tunnel to work in. 
Each year we try to make the program  more child friendly and so much of it -- as well as garden maintenance -- relies  on the contribution of volunteers For more information about the school garden, please phone Dave Riley on 0499 728 372.



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Sunday, 24 July

10:33

Lacto Fermenting Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


I ran a lacto-fermenting workshop at home today under the verandah outback. Went really well --  krauts, do chua and  pastes.
Full on from 10 am.-- a'chopping and a'bashing and salting.
Jars exited  loaded with comestibles ...and in days and weeks to come: bon appetit!
On Thursday last I was teaching almost 100 local primary school kids how to make a simple salad.And you know what ? They even ate it! 
We're planning more outdoor, garden based, preps like that.
I reckon the plastic bag, green salad spin is a show stopper.

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Sunday, 17 July

22:41

School Garden Update "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Community School Garden at Beachmere State School was originally set up in partnership with Beachmere Area Network Group and 2016 is its second year of its operation as a shared project.

Over the past 18 months the program has  consolidated  as the garden has adopted an approach which is more engaging of the children's input.

Students not only tender the plants and water the garden, but we are developing more activities growing vegetables from seed. 


We  grow and harvest a variety of different produce -- depending on the season --from herbs like parsley, basil, mint and dill; to lettuces, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, cabbages, beans, carrots, spring onions, kale, peas, loofahs and sunflowers. We keep a lavender hedge, run a worm farm and share our activities with a hive of stingless native bees.

Harvested produce is currently taken by the children or supplied to the school tuckshop.

While a small group of students maintain the garden most school days, on Thursdays approximately 200 children, from all levels, attend the patch for garden based activities. 

It can be full on.

We are fort...

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Wednesday, 01 June

08:26

The new Gold Coast playground "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Gary Opit, Yelgun.

Gold Coast relatives invited us to view the new renovations at Pacific Fair shopping centre and we obliged, hoping to get an impression of the future of Byron Bay.

Decades ago on rare occasions we had visited Pacific Fair with our children, who enjoyed the little tram ride around the large water lily lagoon, surrounded by a couple of streets of frontier-style local shops. Beyond that were two-level shopping arcades and department stores.

At that time a large brightly coloured open area had been set aside for children encircled high above by a metre-wide train line with an engine and carriage that carried fibreglass figures of comical animals. We dined in a cafe on an island with a large timber water wheel, revolving and splashing, surrounded by colourful goldfish.

In that same location I had played as a child in the 1950s and 1960s before the caravan park was built and then replaced by the shopping centre and casino. My brother and I explored the forests, crossing the wetlands on fallen paperbark trees, walking to the quiet beaches through groves of ancient giant banksia trees and cypress pines.

The large lagoon and childrens playground has now been filled in and replaced with multi-level shopping arcades, but a sliver of open space has been retained. An arcade-width of imitation grass and shallow rectangular tiled water features with lounge chairs in pavilions, which resemble prison cells, timber and rope replacing iron bars, are the new playground. People were sitting within them enjoying the splashing of the imitation waterfalls.

Children were still evident. Several small groups of a dozen ten-year-old girls were following women on what may have been some kind of a school outing. All were well mannered and fashionably dressed in hot pants and wearing small amounts of tasteful makeup. They were earnestly viewing the window displays of exclusive and world famous international brand names featuring $50 knickers and $3000 handbags. Air-conditioning kept the simmering heat of early winter away and the sound of traffic muffled the breaking of waves of the coral-dead Coral Sea.

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Thursday, 10 March

01:05

School Garden Grows Stuff For 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The school garden began the term with weeds a'plenty and all the impacts of the Summer heat and school break neglect.
But after a lot of recovery work the crops are a comin' on and the beds have been renovated. Because of the heat we've moved a lot of activities into the shade tunnel while outside has not been kind to many seedlings.
With the Autumn plantings due, the children have been growing our requirements from seed.
In production already are corn, luffas, zucchini, cucumbers, sunflowers, some herbs, lettuces, pumpkins, eggplant and tomatoes. 
With this rain all systems are go. 

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Sunday, 07 February

18:33

Garden Visit by BLF "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

I had the Brisbane Local Food grower folks over for garden visit on the weekend. Always a great experience to share the green thumb-ery with so many skilled kitchen gardeners.
It was a bit crowded on the paths between the plants so there were gaggles of folk hither and yon. Great day. Good company. 
Such generous people.

If you want to anchor your gardening skills BLF is the network to link up with.

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Thursday, 04 February

11:39

School Garden and Volunteer Induction Program at Beachmere State School "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As Beachmere State School settles in for another great year, you can support the local school community by becoming a volunteer. 
There is a range of volunteer options available helping the teaching staff. 

For those with green thumb skills, you can also volunteer to help out in the school garden. 
We grow vegetables and herbs as part of the school curriculum while supplying fresh produce to the school tuck shop and a couple of local outlets like Club Beachmere and the Beach Shak. 

Any surplus is distributed among the school community.
But to volunteer you need to attend a Volunteer Induction Workshop and the next one of these will be held:
Thursday , February 11th8.45am in the school library.Please book by ringing: 54339222

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Saturday, 05 December

11:06

The LISTING, description & celebration of some culinary & EXOTIC plants recently discovered while RESIDENT in Terra Australis Icognita during anno Domini 2015 [complete with a hall of fame section for past comestibles] according to A GARDENER who is a local yokel. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


Methinks that as the end of the year approaches I owed it to my reading public to share a few tips and tricks as to the plant life I have partaken with much gardenary and culinary pleasure over the past  12 months of toil with sandy soil.

Ah. Toil with soil is so right. I have lived in, on , off and with the dirt as one would a third arm. Useful at times to scratch one's nose but demanding of effort and jealous for attention.
It is of the earth that I speak.
As the great barb of whatsit so well said, "The earth has music for those who listen." And this year past I have been heading its call.
I am Adam to its Eden. An apple to its Eve. A serpent to its grass.
It has consumed my urine and I its yield.
Amen to all that.

Herein I make up the list :

  • TOMATILLO: Much easier to grow than many varieties of its cousin, tomatoes, the husked and green tomatillo is both productive and undemanding. A great little performer in the sub tropics , the one drawback with this plant is that few know how to deploy it in the kitchen.I use it as a tomato substitute  in both hot and cold/raw dishes. You aren't gonna get the sweet bang! of a tom from a tomatillo, but you may find the reason why the ancient Maya and the Aztecs, considered the tomatillo more important than the tomato.
  • HUAZONTLE: This weedy plant is so easy to grow that i wonder why it hasn't occupied the backyard garden beds like a rash. I don't eat the leaves so much as the seed heads -- but only when green,when they form like flatte...

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Thursday, 30 April

09:16

MAY 1st NATION-WIDE RALLY Stop The Closure of Remote Aboriginal Communities (NATIONAL LIST) "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

sumblebee:

Nation-wide Rallies being held This Friday, May 1st, protesting the forced closure of remote Western Australia Aboriginal Communities. Click here to find out more about the closures and the subsequent resistance.

Check below for your nearest rally (or if not applicable, contact the relevant local offices below showing your support), reblog and get involved.

(Link to International List)

ADELAIDE (SA)

When: May 1st, 12pm
Where:  Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga
(facebook event)

ALBURY (NSW)  

When: May 1st, 10am
Where: Botanical Gardens, Smollett Street and Wodonga Place, Albury

ALICE SPRINGS (NT)

When: May 1st, 12pm
Where: Town Council Lawns, Todd St, Alice Springs.

ARMIDALE (NSW)

When: May 1st, 10.30am, 
Where:  Cenrtal Park, Armidale.
(facebook event)

BEAGLE BAY (WA)

When: May 1st, 10am
Where: Old Admin Building, KRCI office, Beagle Bay.

BELLINGEN (NSW)

When: May 1st,  9-9pm
Where: Yarn Up after joining march in Nambucca Heads,Mem Hall, Bellingen.

BENDIGO (VIC)

When: May 1st, 4.30pm
Where: Rosalind Park, Bendigo.

BRISBANE (QLD)

When: May 1st, 5pm
Where: King George Square, Brisbane. 
(facebook event)

BROOME (WA)

When: May 1st, 10am-12noon 
Where: ICC Office, Napier Terrace, to the Broome Shire Office,Weld Street
(facebook event)

BYRON BAY (NSW)

being organised
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Saturday, 11 April

09:12

Blogging in Boundary Exhibition 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

 WP_20150328_011Blogging in Boundary Exhibition at  Ugees Espresso.

Exhibition ran from 29 March till 11 April in cafe hours.

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Tuesday, 23 December

09:47

Future Brisbane skyline revealed "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A supplied image of Crown Resorts competing design for the Queen's Wharf development proposal.

A supplied image of Crown Resorts competing design for the Queens Wharf development proposal.

Rival proponents vying for the right to develop a casino on prime riverfront land in Brisbane have laid their cards on the table.

The Queensland governments decision to move public service offices to a new site at 1 William Street will free up the existing government precinct between George Street and the Riverside Expressway after 2016.

Enter two giants incumbent Brisbane casino owner Echo Entertainment and James Packers Crown Resorts who are battling it out for the once in a lifetime development opportunity.

The pairs rival consortiums on Monday revealed artist impressions of their proposals and both had exceeded the governments expectations, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said.

Both projects would include a casino, hotels, residential accommodation, a pedestrian bridge to South Bank and luxurious bars and restaurants.Crowns proposal boasts a rooftop the size of The Gabba, public gardens, infinity pools and a suspended waterfall from its pedestrian bridge.

The Echo plan would feature a signature addition to the Brisbane skyline an arc-shaped sky deck perched above a high-end hotel and ballroom.

Echo had the advantage of not needing an additional casino licence because it would relocate its existing Treasury Casino, chairman John ONeill said.

The old site would be turned into a department store.

Both proponents on Monday responded to union accusations linking Hong Kong businessman Stanley Ho who has been banned from a similar development in Sydney to the Echo consortium.

Lets be very clear we are not in business with Stanley Ho, Echos chief executive Matt Bekier said.

The company was providing 50 per cent of the capital, while a 25 per cent partner, Hong Kongs Chow Tai Fook, had a business relationship with Dr Ho.

The government will finalise the assessment process by mid-2015.

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Sunday, 10 August

18:11

At Least Were Not The Gillard Government, Says Abbott As The Liberals Admit That He Lies "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Ok, if you hit this web address (at least I think its a web address, it could be a web site or possibly an envelope) http://www.abbottlies.com.au then it takes you straight to the Liberal Party website. (Cut and paste it if you think Im playing with the link!)

So which smart lefty thought of doing that? Well, actually it was the Liberal Party themselves. Apparently someone thought they could beat Labor to the punch by registering the name, then redirecting traffic to well, one could say the actual lies.

Now if thats not a spectacular admission, I dont know what is!

Tony Abbotts lies are up in lights for everyone to see at abbottslies.com.au, Mr Shorten said.

I guess this means Senator Brandis, Eric Abetz and Kevin Andrews dont qualify for the most spectacular stuff up of the week.

Kevin Andrews for those of you who missed it had to clear up a memorandum issued with his authority, which said that the following would not be considered gainful work when considering reduced waiting periods for unemployment benefits: domestic or gardening tasks at the applicants house of that of a family member, work for the purpose of achieving election of the person to public office and work that involves nudity or is in the sex industry.

Mr Andrews has since clarified that people doing live modelling for artists would be considered to be working even though they were sitting perfectly still.

Similarly, those working in the sex industry will be considered to be in gainfully work. Of course, one wonders why it would have been excluded in the first place. Was it that Kevin Andrews thought that sex was too much fun to be considered work? (Highly improbable). Or was it that he felt that people doing work of which he disapproves should be punished. (Possible, but then the list would have been much longer!)

Whatever the reason, people can rest easy. Those forced into sex work because of the Abbott Governments six month waiting period can breath a sigh of relief knowing that theyll be treated just like everyone else.

Yep, you cant say that this government isnt fair.

Particularly on social media if youre a public servant. Theyve forbidden it!

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Monday, 07 July

08:47

23 June 2014 Sam "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Sam @voidboi

Sam Collins is a self-confessed IT nerd, likes coffee and whisky! He even has a Twitter account for his own cat (@SirAlfredBeans)!

voidboi

 

Was not short of coffee recommendations!

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Monday, 09 June

08:50

2 June 2014 Rory "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Rory @foreverdudes

Rory is the head chef from Picnic Cafe and is also a comic book and sport enthusiast! Hes also famous for starting up the extremely popular Red Robin Supper Club (Twitter and Facebook), a Brisbane-based pop-up restaurant and supper club that has a very strong and loyal following!

Rory

Rory introduced us to his love of Brisbane and our glorious weather through #passportshredder.

He als...

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Wednesday, 30 April

12:41

Pizza Volante "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Pizza-Volante-sandroSandro and Mel Falzolgher are the owners and creators of Pizza Volante Boutique Mobile Woodfired Pizzeria.

Mel grew up in Byron Bay, and met Sandro when he was visiting his extended family in Mullumbimby. Sandros uncle Zio Luciano came to the northern rivers in the 1950s to cut cane and settled in Mullumbimby, even owning the Empire Cafe where he made pizzas. Sandro and Mel have recently moved back to Byron Bay from Brisbane where, although they enjoyed building up their business, they missed a sense of community for themselves and their children, so they have moved back to be close to their families.

Sandro was born in Fermo on the east coast of Italy. Learning the art of pizza-making from the top pizza chefs in the business is a serious undertaking in Italy, and Sandro spent most of his 20s working in and running small pizzerias in his region of Le Marche. After a trip home he was missing Italy and true pizza so he built a wood-fired pizza oven in the yard of his Brisbane home.

How did the business get started?

Mel We had lots of backyard parties; friends would invite friends. Our invitations of 30 guests always ended up being up to 100. We realised that if we could cater for such fun parties in our yards so could everyone. Sandro spent three years designing and constructing our amazing pizza trailer. He imported a commercial Di Fiore pizza oven from his region in Italy; we have the largest traditional mobile pizza oven in Australia. We cater to functions from 40 to 250+ pizzas and at festivals we make and cook 1,000s.

Pizza-Volante-resizedimage610337-Sizzing-Pizza-150--1What are your greatest influences?

Mel Sandro is passionate about traditional Italian cuisine. He follows the true Italian way of fresh tasty ingredients on his thin crispy sourdough bases using real mozzarella and proper tomato sugo. Theres not a piece of pineapple to be seen anywhere near his pizza!

We describe ourselves as boutique because of the time and attention to detail that we dedicate to our ingredients and the handmade sourdough bases.

What...

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Wednesday, 13 November

18:52

Here & Now #29 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Image S Sorrensen

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Surfers Paradise. Saturday, 1.20pm

There are two cultures of value in Australia: the Aboriginal and the Alternative. They are of value because they recognise that the natural systems of our land and sea are fundamental for human survival. They also realise that each generation must learn this.

You wont see much of either culture in Surfers. You can buy a key-ring boomerang, or a dot-painting stubbie holder. But you dont see many blackfellas around here. Or hippies. The kombis have headed south because theres nowhere to park, let alone camp, in Surfers.

Fifty years ago Surfers Paradise used to be a beach town. Now its I dont know what it is, but it aint paradise unless youre a drug dealer, pimp or cosmetic surgeon.

At street level, in the shadows of high-rise buildings that are either being constructed or pulled down, a group of teenagers roams between the metal mesh security fences that surround the construction/demolition sites. These young people, like our environment, are the keys to our future. Like the environment, they are abused, neglected and sold to the highest bidder.

The teenage boys walk in a way that is part New York gang swagger (from MTV) and part authentic Aussie drunken stumble. United by their new tattoos, championed by the chamber of commerce and safe in their number, they hoot and holler at two women on the other side of the street.

The two women seem immune to this mating display. Locals. Theyre dressed in large sunglasses, heavy lipstick, spray-on jeans and high heels. This is called beachwear.

There are some tourists too. They carry shopping bags with Ugg and Hard Rock Cafe on them. They wander around, wondering if thats all there is.

Not only the buildings, but the streets too are barricaded and fenced because of a road renovation project. This old tart of a town, once the belle of the Gold Coast ball, is constantly getting a nip here, a tuck there, desperate to stay attractive.

Cars cruise the detours, loud beats leaking from the tinted glass. A window winds down and a tattooed arm appears with a can in its hand. An inarticulate bellow punctuates the doof doof doof and the can points to three young Asian women.

Those women scuttle back into the r...

Tuesday, 10 February

12:59

Terrra Nullius and Ecology "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

by John Tracey

Yet the form of bush that is protected in the national parks of today, places without the human species, are a phenomenon of the last hundred years, younger than many Australian urban centres. The removal of human beings from the bush in the last two hundred years has turned our wilderness areas into overgrown untended gardens.

The Green movement has built a concept of wilderness, without consultation with Aboriginal people, we have generalised that concept, politicised it and it is now a significant issue on the Australian political landscape. Yet the way we have described the natural environment bears no resemblance to its ancient reality.Modern Australia began with the legal principle of Terra Nullius, meaning a land with no law or government, no sovereign population. The British declared this continent to be Terra Nullius after Captain Cook discovered it, which allowed the British Crown to claim possession of the land in accordance with international law. Terra Nullius of course is a lie and was found to be such by the Australian High Court when Eddie Mabo proved that his family had owned their block of land since before Captain Cook.. Anthropologists and Aboriginal people assert that there was, prior to Cook and up until today, a complex and sophisticated system of law, government, economy and language, all the defining points of a sovereign nation.

Despite the high courts findings, Terra Nullius remains as the legal foundation for the sovereignty of the crown in Australia which in turn is the foundation authority for the parliament, courts, police, military and every other migrant legal institution.

Modern Australian conservationism dovetails with the legal fiction of Terra Nullius. Both deny the reality that this country was and still is occupied by a large complex Aboriginal society.

The conservation values of the Australian Bush are usually articulated in terms of species of plants and animals, geological considerations and often last and least, cultural heritage; usually a description of the history of the European colony and, occasionally, a reference to native title holders or Aboriginal place names (with little understanding of the meaning of either).

The principles of ecology and biodiversity have made us aware of the devastating consequences to an eco system if a particular species of plant or animal is removed. For example if a particular bird becomes extinct, the seeds it used to carry do not propagate and the insects it used to eat swell in numbers. Insect plague and reduced propagation in turn affects an infinite number of other organisms, radically degrading the systems of the ecosystem. The balance of bio-diversity has become an accepted principle in green ideology, yet how much have we cons...

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