Category Archives: Local


MidCoast Council has possibly set a precedent by providing a record loan to the Manning Valley Hockey Association, that nearly hit one million dollars last year. It has now been negotiated down to $800,000, to be repaid over twenty years,

The Mystery of Tea Gardens Continues…

As we showed last issue, the disaster unfolding on the property at Tea Gardens, owned by Mr Phillip Dong Fang Lee, is an on-going mystery.   Following Cr Epov asking hard questions about this development of the then GM Glenn

Lost to “Progress”?

Bobin Creek Bridge is an old, low level timber bridge, in the quiet and relaxed village of Bobin. You may not have heard of it, let alone rumbled across its timber deck, but the Bobin Creek Bridge is barely beyond

Perhaps A Timely Reminder?


Dear Councillors, Congratulations upon your elections to the important roles of Councillors. I have watched with interest the creation and operation of MidCoast Council, and have recently had the opportunity to reside back in the area for a number of

Trapped in Wonderland. . .

With the sudden resignation, before Christmas, of the Council’s General Manager, Glenn Handford, after twenty years or so working for the Council, the question of his replacement is significant. As Cr Peter Epov stated in his opening remarks at the

What is really going on here?

While the land has been the subject of various contested challenges and complaints for a decade, Midcoast Council needs to come up with some answers,  the community is now seriously worried, as photographs have come to light of the unauthorised

A Local Takes a Hard Look at Council’s Figures

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Open Letter to MidCoast Councillors and MidCoast Council Community.   As the Mayor refused to allow me to address the MidCoast Council on 24/1/2018, I take the liberty of publishing the contents of my prepared address in the interests of

Changing the Culture

Resident David Poole requested to speak at the January 16 Council Meeting but, just as he started, the Mayor refused him the right to continue, saying he could only speak to the topic on the agenda. Because we were there

A Matter of Time

If you’re in a corner of Tinonee by the river at midday or midnight, and hear a clutch of cuckoos, bells and chimes . . .  it’s just Darren Bird’s nest of amazing collection of clocks and watches.   Darren

A TIDE towards the Future for Chatham High

Recently, I had the opportunity to represent TIDE (Taree Indigenous Development and Employment Ltd) on an Authentic Assessment interview panel at Chatham High School. The Authentic Assessment interviews provide an opportunity for students to present two major assessment tasks to

Halcyon Days in the Great Lakes

As a child, when I was living in the Hunter Valley, I’d pay frequent visits to Forster with my family, long before the construction of the bridge.  I became familiar with the beauty of the place when I was very

A fresh start, and a search begins . . .

The General Manager of Midcoast Council, Glenn Handford, appointed by the interim administrator, has fallen on his sword.   It was a startling finale to the December 20 Council meeting when Glenn Handford announced his resignation. No councillors had been