A HERO FOUND… AND LOST

Victor Simon, a Worimi man, born in Taree, whose family comes from Forster, fought in the infamous battle at Long Tan Vietnam, serving in 12 Platoon, Delta Company, 6RAR and was 21 years old. Private Simon, D Company, 6th Battalion,

Council calamities continue

It seems our MidCoast Council has embarked on a public relations campaign during this CoronaVirus time, with a series of self congratulatory announcements all clearly aimed at camouflaging the many disasters of the past three years. Mayor’s Roads Claim Many

CREATIVE TALENTS – MEET KATRINA!

My name is Katrina Narasimhan. I am a registered nurse with a Master in Health Science by training, a mother of two gorgeous children, the business manager of my husband’s busy Cardiology practice, but my favourite thing to do is

MIDCOAST COUNCIL’S STAFF COSTS CONTINUE TO SPIRAL.

So much for the promise from Paul Toole, the former Minister for Local Government, that the amalgamation of our three local councils into the MidCoast Council would bring down Council’s administration costs. The table below tells the tale! Financial Year

LIVING AT THE EPICENTRE OF A PANDEMIC

It is almost impossible to believe that I have lived through this, to have been in this place at this time, witness to what is arguably the most profound tragedy to ever to befall New York City.  In a matter

Cancer Never Stops

CanAssist Manning Valley is now operating remotely to ensure that clients receive Financial Support during this unprecedented time. With the added stress of the increased cost of living, the drought, the bushfires/floods and now COVIOD-19 affecting local communities, applicant numbers

TWO PANICS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE.

“Corona virus caused the economic downturn”. Did it? No. What caused the downturn was the reaction of governments around the globe, or at least those of First World economies and countries. Quite what Laos, Liberia, Chad, and Mali are doing

THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THE ECONOMY AND INVESTMENT PERSPECTIVES.

I recently read a very well written piece from Dr Shane Oliver, Chief Economist from AMP Capital Management. So upfront, I will be referencing Dr Oliver and I am giving him credit for much of the discussion points that I

AUSTRALIA’S MEDIA MAELSTROM

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” so wrote Charles Dickens; the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens might have said the same about the Australian media today, as forces large than itself batter it.  Key among those forces is three viruses: Google, Facebook and SARS-CoV-2.  None will go away soon and there are no vaccines

AS A BIKE PEDALLED PAST MY GARDEN GATE

The sole cyclist pedalling in the distance was singing an unfamiliar tune, over and over, mantra-like. As he got closer and then went past, the lyrics became clearer. ‘Hey, Hey coronavirus-stay away from me’. As he wafted into the distance,

WHERE ARE THE JACK MUNDEYS TODAY?

A tribute to Jack Mundey It is impossible to overstate the legacy of Jack Mundey. The long life of the brilliant but humble trade unionist was one of integrity, decency and vision. He literally changed Australia forever and his influence

THE MAGIC OF CARPETS

Afghanistan is many things to many people but to me two things define it. Islam and the horse. As a young merchant, among my first purchases were a print of the Islamic mystical horse Buraq, and a Turkoman saddle cover.