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GardeningLocal

NO COUNTRY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Agricultural scientist Ian Oxenford proposes revitalising rural Australia by changing subdivision laws to release affordable productive land to young families. Australia faces a major problem: house prices in most cities are unaffordable to the average family.  On a train journey north of Newcastle, I became aware of the vastness of our countryside. Every kilometre or […]

Local

An Insight into the MidCoast Council Budget 2020/21

At the height of the CoronaVirus in March, when the NSW Government was instituting social distancing measures and placing restrictions, MCC Councillors and the General Manager were determined to approve expenditure measures related to the Masters Office Centralisation fitout, so they convened a full public meeting despite calls for a postponement.  Now, when all the […]

EnvironmentLocal

FIGHTING FOR THE FOREST

Rainforest ecologist, Les Mitchell has formed a  local environment group, No Electricity from Forests (NEFF), and he believes that recent logging by the NSW Forestry Corporation (FC) has caused serious damage to endangered subtropical rainforest in the Camden Haven River catchment of Comboyne State Forest west of Kendall. As proposals to intensively harvest eucalypts in […]

GardeningLocal

THE WONDER OF EARTHWORMS

Having a worm farm at home is a fantastic way to disappear your food scraps and transform them into wonderfully fertile soil. Having earthworms in your soil is like having a secret team looking after the health of your plants, and the planet!  If you have trouble keeping things alive (your worms or your plants), […]

Local

Where to go this Sunday…

Now we can carefully creep out into the world again… send your suggestions where to visit! Artist Fred Bullen recommends his nearby neighbour….VALLEY VIEW FARM 1463 The Lakes Way, Rainbow Flat 2430 The 96 acre property is positioned in the lush Manning Valley but bordering the Great Lakes. Close to the beach yet surrounded by […]

Local

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, Royal Australian Regiment, was awarded a citation for gallantry. A small Battalion of Australian soldiers […]

LocalPolitics

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 ratepayers and residents were somewhat surprised when on May 9, Mayor David West appeared on […]

LocalPolitics

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 Staff Cost Increase 2017/18 $68.757 M     (Actual) 2018/19 $74.418 M     (Actual) […]

Local

HARRINGTON ERUPTS AGAINST HIGH RISE

Halcyonic Harrington became cyclonic in its opposition to the prospect of a new development standard which would allow inappropriate 12 metre high buildings in the historical precinct of Harrington (“old Harrington”) as well as the newer Harrington Waters.   Well over 150 locals swamped the MidCoast Council organised session on 24 February 2020.  Council staff […]

Beyond the ValleyLocalPeople

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

These are difficult times. It brings out the best, and the worst, in many of us. It is a time of confusion, scare-mongering, panic buying, false information, but also helping neighbours, keeping family close, showing supportive friendships online, long distance family nurturing.  The only way through this is to use our common sense, do what […]

Local

COUNCIL IN CHAOS.

MidCoast Council’s Mission Statement: “We deliver benefits for our community in a way that adds value and builds trust” Do we hear a round of distant booing? In the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic with over 1,300,000 people infected, triggering a global and national recession that will have dire consequences on our local community resulting […]

Local

ABC Survey Report on for Regional Area Shows

The Electorate of Lyne has the third highest risk rate for CoronaVirus in Australia.   Coronavirus data shows risk factors are high in regional and coastal areas, lower in cities. The ABC Story Lab Report by Markus Mannheim has the following story: As coronavirus spreads across Australia, it won’t affect each place evenly — some populations […]