Category Archives: Local

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.

At last! We have a Climate Change Policy and Plan

At the June 26, MidCoast Council Meeting held in Forster, Councillor Peter Epov successfully moved a Notice of Motion for Council to develop a Climate Change Policy and a Climate Change Action Plan on a vote of 8 to 1,

Is Wingham Withering Or A “Vibrant Community”?

An outsider’s view  Anyone who has read the in-depth articles about Wingham in the June issues of FOCUS magazine and The Manning Community News might be scratching their head in bewilderment because the articles are like night and day; one


This comment was posted on this paper’s website (www.manningcommunity in response to last month’s article “Whither Wingham”) TO THE EDITOR  Email: simon-kath@XXXXXXX URL: xxxxxxx Comment: “Interesting article. It’s easy to criticise but really what have you done personally to contribute

Leslie Allan Murray AO

With the passing of local legend, and internationally acclaimed poet, Les Murray, we ask, what fitting tribute could we give to establish some kind of local commemoration of him? With the passing of local legend, and internationally acclaimed poet, Les


This was the first headline used on the front page of the first edition of the Manning Community News. June 2015 There was concern for the future of Wingham, businesses struggling, a lack of imagination and progress. Hello? Here we