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MidCoast Council Woes are a Worry!

Where are the Audited Financial Statements??? It has now been over 8 months since the end of the 2018/19 Financial Year and ratepayers and residents are still no wiser as to the state of Council’s finances and are now asking: “Where are MidCoast Council’s 2018 /19 Audited Financial Statements”? Former GTCC Mayor, Paul Hogan OAM, […]

EnvironmentLocal

KOALAS NOT OUT OF THE WOODS Is the Platypus next?

We start the decade on a grim note; so far over 8 to 10 million hectares devastated by fire and a billion animals killed. Many of the surviving now threatened species only have small amounts of habitat left. We’ve lost more mammals than any nation on earth.  But what to do. Ecologists like Professor James […]

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OUR WATER EMERGENCY

Is this really, the crisis that we had to have? Whilst there is no denying that the drought and the recent outbreak of simultaneous bushfires spread across multiple regions around Australia is a direct result of Climate Change there are now a number of very serious questions that come into prominence which need to be […]

Local

“EVACUATE! EVACUATE!”

When we evacuate for the second time to the Wingham showground, we are there for forty minutes before the cops turn up. ‘You need to move on,’ the coppa is saying in a calm and level voice to a medley of ashy and distraught faces. ‘Wingham’s being evacuated. Go to the showground in Taree.’ The […]

Local

YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT UP!

A city nurse meets a broken cowboy in a Sydney hospital. After 3 days he asks for her number…and her life is upended. A Di Morrissey novel? No. This is for real.  My name is Karen and with my husband Ian, I own a property in Burrell Creek called Bluebell Hill Farm. We run a horse […]

EnvironmentLocalPeoplePolitics

SO IT’S UP TO US FOLKS!

We have a government led by a Prime Minister in denial that anything is wrong. His sales pitch and hype is hitting a sour note. Not to mention the secrecy. For a marketing man he has a tin ear. Not that it matters much. Few of us are listening any more. We are struggling like […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironmentLocalPolitics

OUR WINGHAM BRUSH IS DYING

If ever there was an indication of the dire straits we are in as a result of drought caused by Climate Change, it’s right here.  The Wingham Brush, drawcard to the Manning Valley, is critically drought-stressed from the worst drought so far recorded.  362.2 mm to date for this year – way, way worse than 1994’s […]

EnvironmentLocal

OUR KOALAS RULE… OK?

It is only the start of our summer and the loss of habitat from bushfires in our region and elsewhere, particularly in eastern Australia, is profound. Bushfire experts, like Professor Ross Bradstock, University of Wollongong is advising that worse is yet to come. And the focus has fallen on Koalas. All of us are acutely […]

EnvironmentHistoryLocal

BIGHT CEMETERY COVER-UP?

Almost six months have now elapsed and the residents of the Wingham and indeed the broader MidCoast community, particularly those who have family in cemeteries throughout the LGA, are still no wiser as to how such a desecration of their cemetery, with over 60 headstones callously “laid down” could have occurred and indeed who was […]

Local

MASTERS DEFERMENT FAILS

Is it fear of loss of face, bull-headed stubbornness or genuine belief the Masters is the best medicine for us all?  But the plan to defer the decision on Masters for six more months, has been stomped on by Council.  At the November MidCoast Council meeting, Director of Corporate Services, Steve Embry, proposed a recommendation […]

EnvironmentLocal

Fire Storm – The Aftermath

In the wake of the devastating, unprecedented bushfires with a long dry, hot summer ahead of us, obvious questions ‘What next?’ and ‘Where to from here?’ are being asked. This is the time to talk about Climate Change and our own back yard. The community of Australia thanks our fireys, volunteers and services who rallied […]

HealthLocal

Help us, help Manning Hospital

We want to hear from you. In light of the current ongoing tragedy of the bushfires, many serious issues in our community have been exposed.  This includes the deficiencies of our downgraded, underfunded, struggling hospital. This natural disaster we’re experiencing has revealed the potential for another disaster … catastrophic outcomes for patients at Manning Rural […]