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Tuesday, 19 September

20:44

Greening the verge at West End State School @KurilpaFutures Westender West End 4101

As part of Kurilpa Futures ongoing Youth Engagement Strategy, West End State School (WESS) Environment Club students joined members of Kurilpa Futures (KF) in a collaboration to green the verge in the Hardgrave Rd Greening Project (one of three proposed by KF).   Students from the WESS Environment Club and their families were out in []

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17:11

Same to you mate! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

With certain publications, you know what you are getting.  You usually know well before you read them.  There are seldom surprises with the ideas or the agenda.  That does not mean that they should not be read.  It also does not mean that what is written is always right or always wrong or not funny.  Think the Sydney Morning Herald.  Think the Guardian.

Think also Front Page magazine which describes itself as a Project of the David Horowitz Freedom Centre:

The David Horowitz Freedom Center is best seen as a School of Political Warfare. The Centers mission is to defend free societies which are under attack from enemies within and without, both secular and religious. The Centers focus and the Schools curriculum have two agendas:

1. Identify the enemy and understand his nature
2. Devise ways to attack and neutralize him

Writing last week on Hillary Clintons new book, What Happened, David Greenfield wrote some classics:

Three creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches and Clintons.

and

But while Democrats wish Hillary Clinton would go away, she embodies todays left better than anyone.  Hillary was Americas First Crybully: the malicious professional victim, the abuser who claims to be the abused, the black nationalist thug throwing cinderblocks at police while shrieking, Hands up, dont shoot and the leftist campus protesters screaming how afraid they are while they terrorize speakers.

If I could do only one thing in my remaining days, I would correct Greenfield.  Four creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches, Clintons and that irritating fellow from Queensland who now lives in New York.

The same to you mate!  Shake your own sauce bottle!

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd adjusts his glases as he speaks to...

16:35

Whats On? City of Ryde presents Tracey Spicer "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Tomorrow Night at the Ryde Library between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m the City of Ryde present their regular Author Platform, featuring Newsreader/Journalist Tracey Spicer.

 

Tracey reveals the many aspects of her life of a woman, from growing up in the early years living in Brisbane to being inspired by journalist Jana Wendt and working her way into her dream role of being a national news anchor in the TV industry. She also talks about her struggles as a woman in the media industry such as being sacked via email after having a baby. In this frank and funny memoir, Tracey reconstructs the structural barriers facing women in the workplace and encourages us all to shake off the shackles of the good girl.

For more info check out the event on the City of Ryde Website 

16:20

Introduction to Survival for Teens Northey Street City Farm

We are excited to be running this fun and interactive one-day workshop for teenagers which will cover what to do in an emergency in the bush, how to manage survival situations and, crucially, how to not get into an emergency situation in the first place! It wont be all talk though, there will be practical []

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16:19

Yandina Wetlands surveys Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog

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
BirdLife...

11:35

Fortitude Valley to house states first vertical high school and more Zedlines "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

The location of the former Brooke Street state school in Fortitude Valley will likely become home to the states first vertical high school by 2020 (Image Credits: JAM project).

Last month, Education Queensland began investigating a vertical high schools policy. High-school cramming in inner-city school necessitated the need for a new model for school development.

 

The Fortitude Valley location is one of two proposed vertical high school schools in Brisbane, with the second slated for the inner south.

 

A planning day run by the Department of Education in November will develop concepts for the Fortitude Valley proposal.

 

The schools will accommodate between 1200 and 1500 students each.

 

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08:42

Rally at Queensland Labor Headquarters and more Zedlines "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Citizens will hold a picnic and rally at Queensland Labor Headquarters today, to demand Labor sack Adani lobbyist Cameron Milner from their re-election campaign. (image credit: flickr)

Jonathan Sri, Anne Gardiner, Michael Crook are scheduled to speak at the event in South Brisbane.

The organisers hope that the event will make Labor listen to the 75% of people who do not  want a billion dollars of public funds being gambled on Adani.

Ipswich has new deputy mayor and vows for tough conflict of interest laws

Former Queensland Labor MP Wanye Wendt is set to take over from former deputy mayor Paul Tully. Mr Tully stepped aside from his role after handing over his resignation early last month.

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05:32

Unmissable upcoming Lowy Institute Choosing Openness paper launch with Andrew Leigh "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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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Monday, 18 September

18:58

SQM sees rental shortages by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Shortages 

SQM Research reported that vacancy rates fell across most capital cities in August.

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 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. 

Meanwhile Darwin has recorded seven consecutive declines in its vacancy rate, suggesting that the rental downturn is finally 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. 


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16:37

Upcoming exhibition showcases wonders of Minjerribah "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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). []

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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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10:52

Anti Adani coal project- action is seriously hotting up in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Anti-Adani protesters promise week-long action against Queensland mine https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/qld-adani-protesters-promise-week-long-action-20170916-p4yvy9.html 16 September 2017 

By Sonia Kohlbacher Anti-Adani protesters are preparing for a week-long demonstration against the Indian mining giant in an attempt to stop initial works going ahead on its Carmichael coal mine.

Tycoon Gautam Adani last month announced the company would break ground on the $16.5 billion central Queensland mine in October.

Demonstrators from the Frontline Action on Coal and Reef Defenders groups were undergoing training on Saturday and Sunday ahead of a planned week-long protest kicking off at Yasso Point in Bowen on Sunday night.

Whitsunday tourism operator and farmer Paul Jukes will be among the protesters.

He said governments were prioritising the international mining behemoth over thousands of north Queensland business owners who relied on the Great Barrier Reef.

Deloitte Access Economics report released in June put the value of the Great Barrier Reef at $56 billion, more than twice that of t...

10:41

Timber and Steel Premiere: Well Meet Halfway from The Acfields "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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 []

10:24

New government plans remove protections for marine life "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

The Federal Governments new plans for 44 marine parks have left conservationist groups outraged.

Under the Governments proposed developments, more areas will be opened for commercial fishing and protection zones will be downgraded to allow for more trawling operations.

Environmentalist Michelle Grady says these proposed changes are completely contrary to public consultation and the removal of our current marine protections would constitute world first.

The Government says that these allegations are false and that these new plans have considered both biodiversity and local industries.

 

Qantas set to fly global entrepreneurs to Brisbane

09:55

RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-441 Completes Airwork at Fraser Coast Airports - Plus an Army MRH-90 Pops in! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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  

09:29

CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER CLEARED TO RUN A CHILDCARE BUSINESS "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

A convicted sex offender who has faced allegations of domestic violence from two ex-partners and one of his children has been cleared to run a childcare business.

The man, who 4ZZZ cannot name for legal reasons, failed a working with children check after a two month period in 1982 saw him commit various offences against women when he was still a teenager.

The court found that the man, who has since become a successful businessman, was no longer a risk to children.

SURGE IN ICE USE IN BRISBANE

The number of ice addicts seeking treatment in Brisbane has increased dramatically.

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