Category Archives: Local


With announcement of the cutback of services in the cath lab at the Mayo Private Hospital in Taree, there is now nowhere in the Taree area where urgent public and private heart patients can be treated. Of course it’s all

Koalas are in strife…

But this mum and bub have been living in my front garden, slurping nectar from our bottle brush tree, and cruising round the garden.  How lucky are we! Ed.


The Manning Community News is needed more than ever. Fearless journalism is becoming an endangered species. The furore over our ABC attests to that.  But our fourth estate has been under threat, eroded and marginalised for some time, given the

Dubious anniversary looms

December 20, one year ago, MidCoast Council’s GM, Glenn Handford resigned in a shock, unexpected announcement  at the end of the Council meeting. He went out as he ruled, shoving through a self serving agenda ratepayers are left to endure.

There’s no business like show business

(particularly Les Miserables.) Congratulations to Director Gayle Cameron on her production of Les Miserables at the Taree Entertainment Centre. Here she modestly reflects on her great contribution to entertainment in our area.  Irving Berlin had it right when he wrote

Local koalas get a boost

Myall Coast koalas are the focus of an ambitious new project to discover how best to look after them into the future. The Myall Koala and Environment Group has funded an exciting pilot survey with some fantastic results. Nine koalas

Museum Donation Dress

This wonderful wedding ensemble was worn by Alice May Chapman on her marriage to Walter Stephen Cooper in 1906. It has been donated to the Wingham Museum by Alice’s granddaughters Carolyn Lynch (L) snd Elizabeth Robinson. The wonderful Wingham Museum

Tallwoods resident disagrees with manufactured home estates’ advocate.

An annonymous comment on the website of The Manning Community News has drawn this rebuttal from reader Bill Richardson.  Original comment – Author: Andrew D Comment: Let’s start with some basics – I holiday in Hallidays Point and surrounds and


Democracy was up the creek without a paddle in September as the Midcoast Council bulldozed through a bewildering and divisive decision to adopt the Barrington Coast as our expanded region’s tourism destination name.  Former Taree Mayor Eddie Loftus and former

Dinner Invitation

In case you missed it . . .

Blind Freddy could see the community was in an uproar over the moniker Barrington Coast. After widespread public outrage to the proposed destination name, ‘Barrington Coast’, manifested through thousands of posts across multiple Facebook sites; the rather unprecedented public poll

Cr. Len Roberts Assault Update:

Following our front page story on the upheaval at Karuah Land Council as the majority of members tried to oust self-appointed CEO, Cr Len Roberts…. Here is the background in case you missed it and the latest update…  At the