Category Archives: Local


It Might Be The Only Way To Save It! A medico speaks. Times are getting desperate at the (now called) Manning Rural Referral Hospital. The title signifies its downgrading.  In a frustrated and wide ranging talk, a medical specialist from

MidCoast Council – The Verdict!

The front page of last month’s Manning Community News featured an article which attracted much interest and appreciation. Professor Brian Burdekin AO (Australia’s first Federal Human Rights Commissioner and author of the 1989 report on youth homelessness that so shocked

Is This the Dumbest Deal EVER?

A Good Deal for the Developer it seems! Is the Forster Civic Precinct project, including the new library, the dumbest deal ever for the MidCoast Council? Riskier and more radical than even the Masters Office Centralisation Proposal?  Many in the

Travellers share concerns

While having coffee one rainy morning in The Greenhouse at Nabiac, I spotted a couple relaxing over their coffee… with a book. These are my kind of people! I introduced myself  and ended up chatting to Jill Pierce and Craig


(Yes, there really is a Barrington! But in the hills not the coast.) Barrington resident, Deborah Brooks, is concerned they might lose the beloved bridge. Barrington Bridge was opened in1920. A two-span standard Allan type timber truss road bridge crossing

It’s local government that affects our lives!

‘The role of local government is absolutely fundamental. Federal and state governments are obviously important, but most of the decisions that affect the day to day lives of Australians are made at the local level.’ Professor Brian Burdekin AO. One


Talk about digging your own grave! Boy, did MidCoast Council get it horribly wrong! We were first contacted by a visitor from Sydney, who  came to visit their relative buried in the Bight Cemetery, and was first to see the

Masters Petition Debated In Parliament. . . To No Avail

The Masters Petition containing over 11,000 signatures opposing the proposed centralisation of MidCoast Council’s operations to the Masters warehouse in Taree costing over $47 Million was discussed in the NSW Legislative Assembly on 8th August. Sponsored by the No MidCoast

We’re stuck with the mayor council chooses

Seems sanity flew out the window and hypocrisy prevailed at the Taree Council Chamber on 14 August as MidCoast Councillors voted 7 to 3 to reject a motion sponsored by Cr Katheryn Bell and seconded by Cr Peter Epov which

Pixie O’Harris follow up.

(Following our story on the discovery of the Pixie O’Harris paintings at Manning Hospital, Dr Philip Walkom fills in some background.) “Originally the obstetrics ward was above what is now medical records and I did notice the Pixie O’Harris paintings

A welcome Boost to Medical Care in Our Area!

Simon and Helen Holliday send welcome news about the establishment of an enlarged and comprehensive new medical practice in Taree – “The HealthHub . . . for every body.”  They’re relocating from Albert Street Medical Centre to the Butterworth carpark


In the jumbled storage area that used to be the nurses old quarters in Manning Rural Referral Hospital, Taree, a forgotten collection of twenty five murals has been re-discovered. They were painted by esteemed children’s artist and author, Pixie O’Harris.