Could greed and meanness cost council millions?

Recently the USU ( The United Services Union, which represents local government, energy, airline, clerical and administrative employees throughout NSW) filed a claim against MidCoast Council which owns MidCoast Assist (a private ageing and disability support service provider) in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission ( Case No. 2021/00207000) for unpaid wages and allowances going back […]


Be Smart – Get The Jab!

Welcome to Dr Edah Obligado as she gets her jab from nurse Vicky Peters at the GP Respiratory Clinic/Commonwealth Vaccination Centre, Taree Related PostsYOUR SAY...IS THERE HOPE FOR OUR HOSPITAL? OR NOT?Are you a young person who is interested in his country and culture?


Homelessness in Taree

Terry Stanton “There is no homeless problem in Taree”, the lady told the guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting.  “Unfortunately there is”, responded the Anglican priest, one of the members.  “They sleep in the porch of my Church, and sometimes on the verandah of my Rectory”.  Someone then made the usual untruthful remark: “Anyway, […]


Choose Wisely!

The Minister for local Government, Shelley Hancock, recently announced that due to the Covid 19 outbreaks, the NSW Local Government elections have now been deferred to 4 December 2021. While the announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to many who have been following the spread of the virus throughout Sydney and the central coast and […]

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Opinion – Why The Bight Cemetery Matters!

(Opinion of The Blight of the Bight Group) The two-year anniversary of the desecration of The Bight Cemetery has just passed. The lack of progress in the repair of the damaged monuments might lead some to question whether the Bight Cemetery really matters. It Matters to Families Two years ago, families found their ancestors’ and […]


If you’re looking to gain greater control over the weeds

With over 10 years’ experience in managing noxious and invasive weeds, I offer various methods of control to suit your preferences and budget, as well as a Caretaker Service for your property. Drought, Fire and Flood, along with current warm moist conditions, have all contributed to the weed growth we are currently experiencing. Creating a […]

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Reply from Mr Paul DeSzell, MidCoast Council

(This is an edited (for space) reply from Mr Paul DeSzell, MidCoast Council in reply to Dr John Stockard’s letter we published last month regarding the poor council care of The Brush and gardens in Wingham.)  Dear John, As part of my investigation in relation to the matter, I have personally inspected the site in […]



The flying visit to Taree of the Parliamentary Inquiry Into Health Outcomes and Access to Health and Hospital Services in Rural, Regional and Remote NSW – ie the deterioration and downgrading of Manning Base Hospital (with too frequently disastrous results), told most of us what we already knew – our hospital is a disaster. Over […]


NSW Audit Office Slams MCC

In a recently released Report by the NSW Audit Office on 27 May 2021, entitled “Report on Local Government 2020”,  MidCoast Council came in for considerable criticism for its reporting in the 2018/19  Financial Statements. The current Report updates the original Audited Reports issued to Councils back 2019, and rather embarrassingly slams MidCoast Council under […]


Wingham Brush Nature Reserve Vegetation Management

LETTER TO PAUL DeSZELL – Director Liveable Communities Yalawanyi Ganya, Taree. “This morning at 10:20, my wife and I were driving from our residence into town and noticed two Council vehicles parked near the Isabella Street entrance to the Wingham Brush Nature Reserve (closed due to flood damage) with a pole-chainsaw being used to cut […]



It seems the single most significant, constant frustration and concern to the overwhelming majority of MidCoast residents and ratepayers, is the state of our roads.  Whether you live on the “black snake” or have gravel, Council’s performance in maintaining roads, filling potholes, leveling the gravel, or even mowing the verges, is a constant running sore […]



WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18, 2021 2BOB community radio station invites candidates for the Midcoast Council election to be held on Saturday September 4th to register for their “Meet the Candidates” evening.  This will be conducted in the Manning Entertainment Centre (MEC) on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.                      […]