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MCC Budget Passed

At the 8 July Council Meeting MidCoast Councillors approved a Budget Expenditure of $261 Million (on a vote of 6 to 3) for the 2020/21 Financial Year. Here’s how some of that money will be spent: Staff Costs: $92,000,000  An increase of 34%, since this Council was elected in 2017. What do they all do? […]

LocalPeople

A CHANGE OF ‘ART

Steve Losh has lived and worked in Taree for over 30 years in the building industry, but art has always been a part of his life. So twelve months ago he decided to have a career change and opened an Art gallery and Art supply store. He advertised for local artists to display and sell […]

EnvironmentLocal

A stroll on Stockon seawall shows us a secret or

A common rat or a whimsical and smart rakali? Meet Chontelle. . . . From dolphins, sea turtles and whales, to crows, terns, pelicans and seagulls, many different creatures can be seen along the Stockton Breakwall, in Newcastle, NSW. But look closely, the more commonly seen – and controversial – sight along the Stockton Breakwall […]

LegalLocal

Mayor Hits the Jackpot!

The recent review of the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal into the categories and payment of fees for Mayors and Councillors in NSW has resulted in a re-categorisation of MidCoast Council from a Regional Rural Council to a Regional Centre with the result that the allowances paid to the Mayor and Councillors could be increased significantly […]

LocalPolitics

They Keep On Digging Big Holes… Yet It’s Sooo Yesterday…

Councillors vote to remain in Mining Association.   At the MidCoast Council Meeting of 22 July the Council voted by 5 to 4 (with two Councillors absent) to remain a member in the Association of Mining and Energy Related Councils  (MERC) despite  the Council Report and a Recommendation that the membership be terminated. The Report […]

LocalNotices

DON’T MISS THE YOU BEAUT WINGHAM MARKETS!

The Wingham Farmers’ Market is held on the first Saturday of every month at the Wingham Showground on Gloucester Road. The market is the perfect place to shop for fresh local produce, seedlings both edible and ornamental, delicious homemade jams, pickles and sauces.  There are stalls selling handmade soaps, lotions and scented candles; a woodwork […]

LocalNotices

WHERE TO GO THIS SUNDAY… HANNAM VALE GENERAL STORE

Open on Sundays  8am – 5pm.   Delicious light meals,  snacks, cakes, coffee, all kind of drinks.  General store and bottle shop, even stocks DVDs and books!    Pop in and say hi to Karen… who cooks it all herself. 1164 Hannam Vale  Road, Hannam Vale 2443     02 6556 7600 Related PostsRenewing Towns […]

GardeningLocal

NO COUNTRY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Agricultural scientist Ian Oxenford proposes revitalising rural Australia by changing subdivision laws to release affordable productive land to young families. Australia faces a major problem: house prices in most cities are unaffordable to the average family.  On a train journey north of Newcastle, I became aware of the vastness of our countryside. Every kilometre or […]

Local

An Insight into the MidCoast Council Budget 2020/21

At the height of the CoronaVirus in March, when the NSW Government was instituting social distancing measures and placing restrictions, MCC Councillors and the General Manager were determined to approve expenditure measures related to the Masters Office Centralisation fitout, so they convened a full public meeting despite calls for a postponement.  Now, when all the […]

EnvironmentLocal

FIGHTING FOR THE FOREST

Rainforest ecologist, Les Mitchell has formed a  local environment group, No Electricity from Forests (NEFF), and he believes that recent logging by the NSW Forestry Corporation (FC) has caused serious damage to endangered subtropical rainforest in the Camden Haven River catchment of Comboyne State Forest west of Kendall. As proposals to intensively harvest eucalypts in […]

GardeningLocal

THE WONDER OF EARTHWORMS

Having a worm farm at home is a fantastic way to disappear your food scraps and transform them into wonderfully fertile soil. Having earthworms in your soil is like having a secret team looking after the health of your plants, and the planet!  If you have trouble keeping things alive (your worms or your plants), […]

Local

Where to go this Sunday…

Now we can carefully creep out into the world again… send your suggestions where to visit! Artist Fred Bullen recommends his nearby neighbour….VALLEY VIEW FARM 1463 The Lakes Way, Rainbow Flat 2430 The 96 acre property is positioned in the lush Manning Valley but bordering the Great Lakes. Close to the beach yet surrounded by […]