Category Archives: Local

IT’S WAR! MidCoast Council community rally to stop Masters acquisition

As the word is spreading that the proposed budget for the ex-GM’s mad Masters dream could match the Glasshouse fiasco (at least $40 million) troops are stirring at the idea. Because guess who’ll pay? A disastrous council attempt at community consultation

Councillor Len Roberts assault charges adjourned

The court Hearing of assault charges by Zac Schmierer against former Karuah Land Council Member,Cr Len Roberts, were part heard before Magistrate Caleb Franklin in the Raymond Terrace Court December 5, but the case has  been adjourned until mid December

The Masters’ site: the real costs

Mike Deignan It seems after eight MCC Council community sessions on Masters’ site issues, ratepayers are no wiser. I attended the final session which was to discuss financing strategy, other issues were addressed in the “gateway” process Council follows. The

Just for the record . . .

Councillor’s attendance at Council Meetings Attendance at Council Meetings 27/9/17 to 28/11/18     Council Meetings Strategic Meetings     Total     Bell 17   11 28     Christensen 17   10 27 *   Epov 20   11 31


At the 28 November MidCoast Council meeting Councillors had the opportunity to refer the highly controversial Master’s – Office Centralisation Project – to Council’s newly established independent Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, to once and for all clear the air

Master Site Development – Cost Summary

            Notes: Todays cost (i.e. net present value) of interest part of monthly payments on 20-year $7 million loan Monthly amounts are summed to get annual amount and then discounted (compound interest calculation) to get net

Artists of Wallamba

Inspire ~ Create ~ Connect Artists of Wallamba began in July this year with just three members creating a Facebook group for local practising Artists, Artisans and Creatives.  The aim was to link artists who may not normally meet, providing opportunity

How To Set Up A Budget for A Small Business

For many business owners the first time they attempt to create a budget is when the bank says they need to see one. Typically this is prepared by their accountant, reviewed by the bank, and then promptly forgotten about forever.


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.