The Manning Community News

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Boomerang Bags take off

Ideas to stem the use of plastic going into our oceans and landfill, have ranged from high tech, scientific gizmos, to all manner of experimental ideas. However, it seems that grandma knew best. Remember when we went shopping and came home with groceries neatly stacked in a box?  When the butcher wrapped our meat in […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironment

Undermining Adani

  “When I rafted the Franklin in the 1970s, I knew the campaign to save that spectacular river, despite local support for damming it, would become one to test that generation. In 2017, stopping the Adani coal mine is a campaign to test this generation of Australians.” Bob Brown  “In forty years time people will […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironment

Fukushima. An Unfolding Cataclysmic Event.

By Dr Jim Frazier Six years ago a magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by a giant tsunami crashed into Japan and swamped the Fukushima nuclear Power plant causing a serious meltdown. The current situation with the plant after considerable effort by the Japanese government has been fruitless and now unable to control the serious radioactive leakage […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironment

The Future of Fishing

Following our story on recreational and commercial fishermen, Dr David Lloyd, from Southern Cross University, responds about the future of fishing and our seafood industry. Marine life is important ecologically, economically and socially, but is under threat for a number of reasons. We are losing fish nurseries through the removal of mangroves and sea grass […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironmentHealth

Pulse of the Future

Sagadevan Mundree is a professor at the Queensland University of Technology—Saga to his friends. He came to Australia from South Africa but his family is of Indian origin. And he’s leading a revolution. A revolution in agriculture. And it could transform the tropics—and don’t forget that 38 per cent of Australia is tropical. In the […]


The Future of Our River – Under Threat?

Dr John Harris sounds alarm bells about threats to the health of our river system. ‘There are a number of threats facing the Manning River, although its condition hasn’t changed a lot over recent time. Yes, climate change has a role to play but more direct threats involve water extraction and poor land use. There […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironment

The lucky country? Or simply second rate?

  In this extract from his talk on Radio National’s “Ockham’s Razor”, Scientist and author, Prof. Ian Lowe, challenges Australian leaders to closely examine the state of the environment, population and economy to plan a better future.  “The late Donald Horne was a truly important Australian intellectual. His 1964 book The Lucky Country caused a […]


OUR HOUSE . . . Rachel and Noel Piercy.

  Acting Director of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, Rachel Piercy, and her husband Noel, have built an eco friendly home in Tinonee and haven’t had a power bill since! Q) What made you decide to build a Strawbale house? A) We have always been interested in sustainable housing, and after years of research, we […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironment

The Reef

A catastrophe is unfolding on the Great Barrier Reef. From Cairns to the Torres Strait, vast swathes of once-colourful ribbons of reef are a ghostly white. The Reef is experiencing the worst mass coral bleaching event in its history. The good news is we’ve brought together over 50 leading scientists for a powerful joint statement. Together, they have over 1,000 years of experience studying climate change, […]


Rounding Up the Facts on Glyphosate

  The use of the weed killer glysophate (common brand name, Round Up) is going to become a major battle. Yes it works, and yes it is a serious poison. But does it cause cancer? The debate is only beginning, despite Mayor Paul Hogan refusing to allow Councillor Epov to raise it as an issue […]


Creating Healthy Soil Workshop

You are invited to attend a one-day workshop, sponsored by LLS Hunter and presented by MOGG (Manning Organic Gardening Group). The workshop has been made possible through a Community Education Grant provided by Hunter LLS with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Saturday 9 April 2016, 9.30 am – 3.30pm Killabakh Hall, 1676 […]


A Dream to Save our Planet

He’s a gentle man, softly spoken, with warm humorous eyes. Just the sort of person you can imagine as a kid growing up in Armidale who loved bugs, the bush and collected stamps. Now he lives quietly, adores visit from his grandkids, and appears to be enjoying retirement on his property at Bootawa. Yet Jim […]