Team Australia new recruits 28/02/18 and what's going on with my dole payments?

in teamaustralia •  2 years ago  (edited)

Hey Aussies. I hope you're all enjoying the last official day of summer! I've noticed it's started raining a bit more here in Panama, which could mean the wet season is on its way back. Kind of annoying since the current dry season started late. Or it maybe it just rained a bit more this week and I'm jumping the gun. Time will tell.

But for you lot the end of summer means one thing. Winter. Ok, two things. Winter and football. And that means it was only a matter of time before someone started a footy tipping competition on steemit. @o07 has just launched @footytips covering AFL and NRL tipping for weekly prizes. Check it out if that's your thing.

Feature photo

Today's gorgeous photo is courtesy of @kieranstone. It was taken at Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park, Tasmania. It's still within the payout window, so upvote here if you like it.

Meet-ups (this is becoming a regular section)


Adelaide kicked it off last Thursday with a new record of 17 mallsballers in attendance. Woo! Go Adelaide! You can read @o07life's post here and @minismallholding's post here.

Credit: @o07life


Next up was Melbourne last Sunday. Thirteen steemians came to this one, which is also a top effort. @kevinli and @bobaphet made some excellent vlogs here and here, while @datascience and @coachmelleow blogged about it here and here.

Credit:  @coachmelleow


Sydney also had a meet-up on Sunday with three steemians attending. Some say the weather stopped more people from coming. Others (ok, me) think that Sydney might just be a little bit slack!  

@ratticus made a post about it here.

Credit: @ratticus

Brisbane and Perth

Don't forget Brisbane and Perth meet-ups are this Sunday. Come on guys, don't be worse than Sydney.

  • Brisbane. Sunday 4 March, Southbank Beer Garden from 2:00–4:00 PM. Details here
  • Perth. Sunday 4 March, Whiteman Park (on the Whiteman Park Pool Playground) from 2:00 PM. Details here.

We need to talk...

As you may or may not be aware, @centerlink was established by @ausbitbank to help @teamaustralia members make some money on their posts. He contributes 60% of all delegations (which is nearly half of the account's the overall SP). No one asked him to do this; he just does it for the benefit of the Aussies. 

Recently, there have been a few issues with the bot which has meant he's had to manually upvote posts for a couple of hours here and there, which may have resulted in some misses. Furthermore, as more people have joined, the upvote percents have been adjusted to support more members while keeping the voting strength high. 

All @teamaustralia member posts appear in the @teamaustralia feed, which is monitored for: 

  • Low-quality content (like a single blurry photo from your holiday to Thailand in 1997, or a gif you've taken from the internet that you somehow thought was worthy of its own post). 
  • Multiple posts most days/every day.

Obviously you can post whatever you want however many times a day you want—no one is going to stop you. But please keep in mind that upvotes from both @centerlink and @teamaustralia will be adjusted accordingly to keep it fair for everyone. As long as you're posting original content that you've clearly put some effort into—and not abusing the generosity of @ausbitbank and the other delegators—you'll be fine.

Of course, additional @centerlink delegations are always welcome. You can use this handy link to throw some SP the team's way to benefit everyone.

The usual community notices

You should follow @mrsquiggle, who is doing a great job recognising and rewarding Aussie creativity by curating quality content.

Check out the awesome Minnow Support Project (MSP). Details on how to join are here. Come say hi in the #teamaustralia chat room in PAL-Discord. It's fun and you will make new friends. 

You should consider voting for the MSP witnesses, particularly @ausbitbank and @aggroed, who've a done a great job in getting the MSP project off the ground. 

Lastly, if you're feeling generous, you can delegate SP to the Team Australia upvote bots @centerlink and/or @mrsquiggle (or any other bot you like) using Vessel. You can delegate to any of the MSP bots using this link.     

Candidate 1

Name and bio

@chenlocus is from China and has been living in Melbourne for seven years. He's a software engineer and Chinese meditation/ Qi Gong practitioner. 

Intro post here

Fun fact

"Not sure if this is fun but sometimes I am quite superstitious. There was a time I always got sick. My parents said it was due to the mirror beside my bed. I moved the mirror and recovered. Since then I am sensitive to all mirrors besides beds."

Hmm, interesting—to the point that I was intrigued enough to spend five minutes googling this. And while I found lots of stuff about beds, mirrors and Feng shui that I didn't know about, I could not find anything about illness.

Candidate 2

Name and bio

@what-is-life is @lordnigel's sister and lives in Adelaide. She is a children's entertainer, sings and plays guitar in a band, and is really into her pets.

Intro post here

Fun fact

"I love to sing in the bathroom, the acoustics are great."

I've never been into whole 'singing in the shower/bathroom' thing. It never even occurs to me to do this but I'm not musical at all so that's probably why. On the other hand, I am a yogi and I have done yoga stretching in the shower before while I've waited 5-10 minutes for deep conditioning treatments to work. 

Candidate 3

Name and bio

@kaityj is @juicy-shark's sister. She lives at the Gold Coast and is in year 11. She's also been a dancer for 12 years.

Intro post here

Fun fact

"I have seven letters in my first name, seven letters in my middle name, and seven letters in my last name. All together I have seven syllables. Believe it or not my favourite name is seven."

Ooh, this is a cool fun fact. I like it a lot. You've clearly given it some thought.

Candidate 4

Name and bio

@veryspider is an artist from Melbourne. She pretty much came into Discord straight way and I've been harassing her to join Team Australia ever since. Finally it's paid off. 

Intro post here

Fun fact

"Uh, I am actually not a spider.

Hum hum, thinks this is hard.

I can write with both hands?"

Well, I assumed that you were not actually a spider but I guess it's good to clear that up so there's definitely no confusion and no one accidentally sprays you with the Mortein or takes a swipe at you with a broom. Writing with both hands is cool. I practiced with my left hand for a while at school, but it never really took. The best I can do is use a mouse with both hands.

Candidate 5

Name and bio

@supernovastaffy is a Chinese Aussie from Brisbane whose list of 'loves' include dogs, food, eating, travelling, books, games and crypto. Interestingly, her new husband didn't make the list. Hmm... 🤔

Intro post here

Fun fact

"I love staffies. Nova is my dog's name. She definitely has a dog version of ADHD."

Your dog looks cool. I like her already. 

Candidate 6

@melissakellie is a Kiwi living at the Sunshine Coast. She's a singer/songwriter whose account was recently terminated by YouTube. So she came to steemit. Hooray! 

Intro post here

Fun fact 

"I started singing when I was five years old. I love playing guitar and writing songs."

I listened to some of your music. You're awesome! No wonder @benleemusic found you. @krystle this girl needs to be on your radar too.

Candidate 7

Name and bio

@cryptoslicex lives in Sydney and likes AFL, animals, gardening, and travelling. He runs a crypto page which Facebook has just banned promotions of, so he's also come over to steemit.

Intro post here

Fun fact

"I once raised three chicken in my bedroom until they were nine weeks old. I had to sleep with a light blinding me to keep the chickens warm and they did not stop chirping 24/7 and they stank. Labour of love. I was 27 at the time haha."

Lol. The fact you're only 30 now isn't really helping you. Also, I really don't know what to make of this. I mean, baby chickens are very cute but this sounds like a terrible idea!

Congratulations everyone, you're now part of Team Australia. 


The rules for joining Team Australia

If you’re not yet a member and want to be, this is what you need to do:

  1. Vote here for our resident steemit witness and our Minister for Welfare @ausbitbank.
  2. Send me your introduction post so I can find out a bit about you. If you’re new to steemit you'll have to write one so use the introduceyourself and teamaustralia tags to help boost your following. Use this handy guide by @teamsteem if you don't know what to write.
  3. If it’s not mentioned in your introductory post, tell me which city and country you’re in, cos let's face it, a lot of us live in Australia's fourth largest city—London. You need to have a connection to Australia to join.
  4. Tell me a fun fact about yourself. This can be anything. For example, maybe you have eight kids and three dogs, or you rode your bike across America, or you won the blue ribbon for javelin throwing at sports day back in high school, or Toadie came into the pub you work at one day and you served him a beer, or, maybe you can fit 55 maltesers in your mouth like Ed Sheeran can. It doesn’t matter what it is, I want a fun fact about you! The more fun, the better.
  5. Regularly check the Team Australia and Australia tags and upvote/follow the content you like. You can show your support by following the centerlink curation trail in steemauto. Instructions are here.
  6. Comment below or DM me in PAL-Discord that you want to join.

Once I receive this information I will try my best to write a good introductory paragraph about you for the official Team Australia membership updates. So the better your information is, the better I can make you sound. Where relevant, please use the teamaustralia and australia tags to promote your work. I will try and post weekly updates.

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Welcome to all the new members.
May your Steemit journey be a fun and fruitful one.

A great big thank you teamaustralia! I'm very happy to be a part of your fantastic team. "Yay!"

Thanks for the shout out @choogirl

Everyone is welcome on our page for fun and prizes :)

The AFL and NRL tipping season is not far away now!

No problemo. People like football and gambling so I assume it will be popular.

Welcome team! @teamaustralia really is the greatest, all thanks to the good peeps that started it. Everyone has helped me so much, and it's such an amazingly supportive bunch of people.

If any of you have any questions about Steem or anything, feel free to ask... if I can't help straight away I'll keep asking people until I can find you an answer. Welcome aboard, @chenlocus, @what-is-life, @kaityj, @veryspider, @supernovastaffy, @melissakellie, @cryptoslicex! We're so super excited to have you all here!

I never get tired of your enthusiasm Ninja.

Awesome work again @choogirl it is amazing to see all these meetups happening. A real sign of Team Australia getting serious momentum.

Welcome to all new members!

This comment is the calling for Mentors to these new #teamaustralia members.

Just post a reply below and I will update the following table to ensure no double-ups.

MentorNew MemberCommon Interest

@what-is-life is in good hands with @lordnigel; but I'm happy to co-mentor :)

Done :)

@kaityj is actually my younger sister so i will be showing her around steemit and how to do things here 8)

Welcome all new comers, great to see the Gold coast and Brissie representing.

And Sunny Coast. Basically the whole of South East Queensland was covered today.

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Hey @choogirl, I'm from Brisbane and would love to join #teamaustralia.

Here's my introduction post.

Interesting fact:
@aoart and I are collaborating to make a cryptocollectable called It's in very early stages of development so stay tuned for more details :)

You're on my list. I'll let you know when you've been introduced.

Great, thanks heaps!

Welcome everyone, to the hottest destination on the web! And if you have any questions just sing out, and someone will answer your call.

Cooooooeeeeee... eeeee.... eeeee....eeee

...that's the echo ;)

I'm having flashbacks to school camps!

Thanks for featuring my photo @choogirl! I've been posting Aussie locations just for you ;)

Welcome to Steemit everyone!

I noticed. They are all nice so I went with one with less votes on it.

Thanks so much for welcoming me on your page :) seems like a really cool group x

Welcome to the team!

Welcome everyone and its great to see so many new comers as well. To also support @centerlink further, keep an eye out on the new background checks that are happening. Have a read and make sure you upvote the posts as all rewards from the posts are being powered up to further strengthen @centerlink.

Love the background checks!

Thanks for the shout out re: my vlog :) It was great to meet some of the people behind the text :)

Yeah, meet-ups are fun.

Welcome Everyone!!! I look forward to hopefully seeing you around Discord and reading more of your posts.

I miss Australia beautiful by the way about the first photo where was it taken?

Russell Falls Tassie. The link is in the post under feature photo. You can still upvote it.

Thanks for your response Upvoted Unfortunately I have not been to that part of Tassie

welcome to Team Australia ^^ this is the best community on steemit

Thanks for the update @choogirl :)

Hi @choogirl. I just dm'd you on steemit chat about joining. Really looking forward to joining this down under community :)

Hi @choogirl,
I’d like to join the team.
Here is my intro post
Fun fact: my name is Huy which is Vietnamese and I people have pronounced it in all sort of ways: Huai, Huey, Hoy, Yuh, Yo, Hoo... the almost correct way would be Huey.

You're on my list. I'll let you know when you've been introduced.

Thank you

Welcome everyone!! Good to see QLD up in here 🍺🍺

Welcome to all the new members of teamaustralia :D

This must be the shortest list we've had for a while!
Good to see the mallsballers are still recruiting too. ;)

I was. It was nearly shorter but I had a couple of people DM last night while I slept. I might have to manually recruit again. Gasp!

Gosh, that's not on! Lol!

y...yes.... i swear i'm really a hooman person in real > __> ...

...< __ <


choo makes another awesome post, filled with smarts AND funs both! WHAT SKILLS! WHAT MAGIC!

go go go team aussie \o/

Aw thanks Spidey. 💙

Thanks @choogirl :) .it was to cold out side for the chicks and to many cats :s.

Why thank you Choo for finding @melissakellie and bringing her to my attention, I will go check her out for sure - thanks for the heads up lovely <3

You won't be sorry.

Welcome everyone to the greatest place on earth :)


No Steemland lol

Welcome new members!

Cool! Never seen this kind of posts before and is really interesting :)

This is pretty much all I do on steemit these days.

Awesome! :)

Hello and welcome everyone who's new onto #TeamAustralia!
Oi! Oi! Oi!

I'm also really new and Big Thanks to @choogirl for featuring my photo for the Melbourne meet-up! You are the Best!!!

BIG welcome to all the newbies...

I've learnt so much from my Mentors in Australia and Malaysia, and here's just a quick 5 pointers I have gotten about posting on Steemit.

  1. Authenticity is King...
  2. Begin with Baby Steps (Daily)...
  3. Create Original Content...
  4. Develop & Support Others...
  5. Enjoy Yourself... (if you don't you start getting burnt-out)

Your friend,

Mel @coachmelleow

Thanks @choogirl for the update. I'm glad to know I'm still going to get my Centrelink payments lol.
@roscoeh and I will definitely be heading to the Brisbane Meetup next Sunday. He'll be submitting his candidate post to you soon as well.
Thanks again!

Yep, got him. Cool, glad you guys are going to go to the meet-up. I think a decent number of people have said they are going.

Yeah. Quite a few. Will be great!

Welcome to everyone, looking forward to seeing you on steemit and dischord!

Welcome everyone, glad to see the community growing. Good luck!

I do love these welcome posts! :D
Welcome to all the new crew! Looks like we need to crank more Perthians into the team. ;)

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Oh good, thank you. I like that kind of feedback. It keeps me motivated to write them. Perth peeps seem to come in waves.

Hello @choogirl, I'm from Brisbane and would like to join #teamaustralia please.

Here's my introductory post.

Fun fact about me:
I really love cats, hence @straycat. My ideal retirement home will have 15+ cats, and I'll be "that old cat lady" next door.

You're on my list!

Hi @choogirl!
I'd love to join #TeamAustralia!

If I'm not at sea I'm between the Sunshine Coast and Hobart (Kinda like a sauna/cold plunge deal)

My intro post is right thurrr:

Fun Fact:
I was once asked by a shifty bloke with a facial scar while waiting at @centerlink in Launceston if I wanted to make 10 grand for a nights work...didn't take it... maybe should have.

Following centerlink and mrsquiggle (best steemit username by far btw) and cast my vote for the all knowing austbitbank


You're on my list!


Hi, I'd like to join please.
My intro post:

My factoid:
I was walking up to a bar with a friend when a barmaid approached 'This is Bec' my friend said. I looked at the barmaid and smiled ' Hi Bec' I said to the bemused girl. My friend burst into uncontrolled laughter and pointed to the speaker above the bar.... ' No, the music..... It's Beck' they said.

Many thanks!

You are on my list!


I was just checking out your page to see if you have put up a new post and i realized i thanked you on discord but not on here for introducing me to everyone on your post so a belated thank you :D xx

Aw thanks Mel. Yeah, posts from my own account are few and far between these days since I have various steemit jobs that take my focus away from random blogging.

Another wonderful group of new recruits.

You have a great team!

thanks for your update, @choogirl :)
Nice to meet you, Australian Steemians!

Excelente post mi querida amiga, me encanto saludos

Join us!

It's nice to see how strongly the steemit community in australia is developing. There is a lot going on here in Austria, too. Next Sunday we will have already our 8th meetup here in vienna.

Greetings from austria to australia!

Welcome every good people on [email protected]
Previously I apalogize if to comment because it does not fit the topic. But I'm sure you're a nice and caring person, I'm pretty sure you're a great person of course, I'm very motivated with you @choogirl you love to travel, on the go , you see abandoned children, I am sure you are a caring, loving and loving person so you can give a little smile to those children, it will be nice even when the valentine has passed.
I am sure you will want to be discouraged, if you do not please visit my bloq, i hope you can give input to my writing themed

(Save the children)

Hey there ! I am a newbie steemit user living in Sydney Australia!!!

Welcome to steemit! If you want to join Team Australia, the rules are in the post. Let me know when you're ready.

Thank you for the very informative post and round up. I wanted to join #teamAustralia and took the steps mentioned above but not sure if I’ve done it properly or not. Can you please help and advise if I need to do anything else?

Can you link your intro post and fun fact here so I can find them? Thanks.

Hi @choogirl thank you for the quick update. Here is a link to my introduction note. As for a fun fact about me I must admit that I can burp louder than anyone in my family including all the men!

Hahaha. Nice. You're on my list.


damn I missed the meet up in brisbane yesterday. now in coffs harbour. hope I can join a meet up while i´m still here

Good luck my dear @choogirl 👍👍😉

Great post. Came over here from Melissa's page. I'm a singer too and I'm a big fan of her music. I just saw her meetup video. So cool that you guys are organizing stuff like that :)

Well come to all new mernber