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Wednesday, 21 February

16:12

Big Vegan Market Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

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Dirty Deeds Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

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13:15

Anything but plain Natural Newstead

I love the Moolort Plains at this time of year. The contrast between the big, blue skies and golden stubble makes a great backdrop for the raptors that inhabit this fascinating landscape.

Looking south across the Moolort Plains towards Smeaton, 18th February 2018

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Tuesday, 20 February

14:07

This week is the last opportunity to visit TELL, a touring... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"



This week is the last opportunity to visit TELL, a touring exhibition of @ballaratfoto, currently in Sydney for @sydney_festival. The opportunity to realise Avert originally timed with the above statement entering consciousness (whilst camping in the Otways). Manifesting as object, the work sought to bring into question ideas of representation, cultural expression and medium specificity. The video above documents from the final element of the works making an application of light sensitive solution, which as active agent, responds to light / the context / and environment of the works presentation.

09:40

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Join us for another brilliant quiz night at the Tap Room.  This time with your hosts, Jim, Jim, and Dean. Triple the fun!

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Monday, 19 February

08:26

On the return journey? Natural Newstead

White-browed Woodswallows have been conspicuous by their absence all summer, that is until I came across a small flock yesterday morning in the Rise and Shine.

I observed a few birds passing through the Mia Mia in late October but apparently conditions didnt inspire them to linger and breed. I suspect the flock encountered yesterday are heading north on their return journey. They are fussy and mercurial in their breeding habits but a beautiful bird nonetheless.

White-browed Woodswallow, Rise and Shine, 18th February 2018

08:00

February 19 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

1804 - David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in Tassie.

1810 - Edward Luttrell Jnr, a ships officer and son of Surgeon Edward Luttrell, shot Pemulwuys son Tidbury (Tedbury or Tjedboro) in the face during an argument at Parramatta.

1836 - British Parliament officially proclaimed the colony of South Australia and formally defined its boundaries.
King William IV recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia's founding document, the Letters Patent. It was the first ever recognition of Aboriginal rights granted in Australia's colonial history. But the promise of legal entitlement to the land was never kept.

1852 - That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.

1856 - Exotic dancer (that's exotic NOT erotic you smutty minded people) Lola Montez - who was neither Spanish nor a trained dancer -was greatly displeased with a bad review written by the editor of the Ballarat Times, Henry Seekamp, about her.
So she took to him with a horse whip.
Totally justified, Your Honour...!

1863 - Thomas McGee was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Alexander Brown at Maiden Gully.

1865 - The tender was issued for work on Parliament House for the construction of the Legislative Council foundations.

1877 - A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.

1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building was laid.

1883 - Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.

1892 - Eileen O'Connor, the next possible Aussie saint, was delivered by the stork in Richmond (Struggletown), Melbourne.
She was yet another ballsy gal who took on Rome to establish Our Lady's Nurses For The Poor.

1894 - Steam trams began chugging their way to Bondi; getting a full head of steam up they could gallop along at 65km/ph, birthing the saying "to shoot through like a Bondi tram".

1894 - The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they?
Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes.

1912 - Royal Commission into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Str...

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Sunday, 18 February

10:12

A favourite place on the hill Natural Newstead

Like people, birds have favourite places too.

On Friday evening I visited the western side of Spring Hill that has been a wonderful place for birds over the years. Its here that I captured my best ever photograph of a male Crested Bellbird, where White-backed Swallows have congregated atop a prominent dead tree and where I glimpsed a Black Honeyeater the year the drought broke.

I was not disappointed on my recent visit Rainbow Bee-eaters were gathering on that same dead tree as a flock of Varied Sittellas foraged along the bare trunk. I must return again soon.

Super Fairy-wren, Spring Hill, 17th February. 2018

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Saturday, 17 February

10:02

Offspring Natural Newstead

It seems one of my favourite local pairs of Wedge-tailed Eagles has raised one youngster this season.

The offspring was seen perched with its parents in a distant dead tree to the north of Cemetery Road during the week. The pale head, shawl and upper parts of juvenile and immature birds sets them apart from the adults which become much darker with age. Click here for a more expansive image of the juvenile coming in to land.

Wedge-tailed Eagles, Cemetery Road Newstead, 15th February 2018

07:30

No one deserves to die on our roads Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

MollyBrown

No one deserves to die on our roads. No one deserves to lay for two days, unable to rise, slowly succumbing to their agonising injuries. But this is exactly what happened to Valentina.

Scroll down now for what you can do to help.

Just earlier this week, on Monday February 12, a truck carrying 370 sheep rolled over near Ballarat. Of the animals onboard, its estimated 170 died instantly, with many suffering horrific injuries.

Two days later, as Australians were celebrating whats come to be known as the day of love, one ewe was discovered 100 metres from the crash site. One of her back legs had been torn from her body, but she had bravely run as far as she could. She was alive when she was found, the air thick with flies and the smell of death, her fear-filled eyes searching helplessly for a way to escape from the humans who had arrived to help her. They named her Valentina.

It speaks volumes to the lack of consideration and respect afforded these animals, that Valentina was found, not by the appropriate authorities or the livestock company involved, but rather concerned members of the public, who at their own expense, travelled to the scene to assist. It is totally unacceptable that accidents such as these have been declared cleared by government bodies, yet injured animals have remained to suffer horrific and ongoing pain and others unaccounted for.

Every single sheep has a story, every single death a tragedy. Weve been here beforebut has anything changed?

Back in 2012, a transport truck rolled over on the Western Ring Road, of the 400 sheep onboard, only one would come out alive.* She would come to be known as the unsinkable Molly Brown, who now resides at Edgars Mission.

Since then, there have been numerous incidents and little has changed as the losses from livestock accidents remain over represented in all freight movements.** In past few weeks alone, weve seen three trucks crash and hundreds of sheep, chickens and cows perish.

How can this be allowed to go on? Were appalled that every accident is followed by the same response, with no regulatory action, and the needless suffering continues.

What you can do

For Valentina and all the animals who endure such lonely, grim fates, please help us. Either copy and send the sample email below, or please write your own.

Send email to aw.complaint@ecodev.vic.gov.au...

Wednesday, 07 February

09:23

Ballarat commuters shortchanged by piecemeal track duplication "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ballarat single track

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has today criticised the state governments piecemeal approach to track duplication works near Bacchus Marsh.

The Melbourne Metro Authority, which is delivering the Ballarat Line Upgrade (BLU) project, announced changes to the project in December 2017, including changing the location of one of the crossing loops. The project originally included 3km of duplication works at Warrenheip, but this was changed to 3km of duplication west of Bacchus Marsh.

The rationale given for this change was that it meant less tree removal and excavation, and that it allowed trains to more quickly move in and out of the stabling facilities that are also planned as part of the BLU project.

However, indicative maps released as part of public consultation show that this duplication will end approximately 1km short of the Rowsley Loop, which was constructed in 2016 meaning the line will go from double-track to single-track and back again in a very short distance.

Shifting the duplication from Warrenheip to Bacchus Marsh, to allow trains to move to and from stabling without causing disruption to revenue services, was a sensible move. But it would be much more sensible if they would just extend the track a little bit further to join up these loops PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever said.

It seems ridiculous that these duplication works will get within sight of the existing Rowsley Loop, but wont actually join up with it.

This introduces a new bottleneck to the rail network, which will make V/Lines operations much more complicated than if they just connected the two up. Having these little low-quality bottlenecks limits the usefulness of the high-quality infrastructure being built further up the line.

Mr Lever also raised concerns that having two separate loops so close together would be an inefficient use of taxpayer funds.

With these track duplication projects, among the most expensive parts are the points and the signals at either end of the loop the flat, normal track in between is comparatively much cheaper. Because there are such big fixed costs, no matter how long the loop is, a 2km loop isnt twice as expensive as a 1km loop and in the case of this project, a 4km loop would not be 33% more expensive than a 3km loop. Once youve committed to paying the fixed costs, its mu...

07:13

Ban of Eureka flag is against the real Australian identity "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The ban imposed by the Australian Building and Construction Commission on building sites and the promised punishing employers who do not police it, with the loss of government contracts, is causing an outrage. And so it should.

It goes to show the Commission is a political tool in the hands of a government that is hell bent on waging an ideological and physical war against the existence of unionism in the construction industry and Australia in general.

This is not new. The commissions former chief Nigel Hadgkiss was forced to make an inglorious and hasty departure last September, after being found that in his one sided zealousness, he had  breached the Fair Work Act. The new government appointed leadership is the same.

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) national construction secretary, Dave Noonan, said this about the new directive.

Nigel Hadgkiss acted like a partisan attack dog for the Turnbull Government. We can now see that the new leadership of the ABCC is no different. It is very clear that the Turnbull Governments ABCC is not about productivity or industry reform.

The ABCC is merely a taxpayer-funded vehicle for the Liberal Partys culture war against unions.

There are real problems that require the PMs attention, like stagnating wage growth and casualisation of the workforce.

Yet they have gone out of their way to make a specific set of rules a flag that represents a struggle for democracy and fairness.

One doesnt have to be a fan of unions to realise that banning the Eureka flag has implications that go much further than building sites and a government war against unions, acting as a wedge  that drives full steam, towards outlawing the most iconic symbol of that Australia has.

The eureka flag was raised 163 years ago at Ballarats Sovereign Hill, by diggers standing up against tyranny, and it came to represent a nation fighting for represent justice, multiculturalism, mateship, egalitarianism and democracy.

Today we have a government that is increasingly feeling threatened by these very things, and ever more fearful of criticism, moving in the direction of tyranny.

But Eureka has resonated so much over the years that the Southern Cross is even included in the official flag, just under and to the right of the British symbol. This is the enduring power of the rebellion on the goldfields and why the government is so uneasy about the Eureka flag.

To many, it is the real flag of Australia, truly representing the people and not clinging onto the colonial heritage that accompanied white settlement. It is about a people standing on their own feet, making their own decisions and carving....

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