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A HERO FOUND… AND LOST

Victor Simon, a Worimi man, born in Taree, whose family comes from Forster, fought in the infamous battle at Long Tan Vietnam, serving in 12 Platoon, Delta Company, 6RAR and was 21 years old. Private Simon, D Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, was awarded a citation for gallantry. A small Battalion of Australian soldiers […]

LocalPolitics

Council calamities continue

It seems our MidCoast Council has embarked on a public relations campaign during this CoronaVirus time, with a series of self congratulatory announcements all clearly aimed at camouflaging the many disasters of the past three years. Mayor’s Roads Claim Many ratepayers and residents were somewhat surprised when on May 9, Mayor David West appeared on […]

LocalPolitics

MIDCOAST COUNCIL’S STAFF COSTS CONTINUE TO SPIRAL.

So much for the promise from Paul Toole, the former Minister for Local Government, that the amalgamation of our three local councils into the MidCoast Council would bring down Council’s administration costs. The table below tells the tale! Financial Year Staff Cost Increase 2017/18 $68.757 M     (Actual) 2018/19 $74.418 M     (Actual) […]

Local

HARRINGTON ERUPTS AGAINST HIGH RISE

Halcyonic Harrington became cyclonic in its opposition to the prospect of a new development standard which would allow inappropriate 12 metre high buildings in the historical precinct of Harrington (“old Harrington”) as well as the newer Harrington Waters.   Well over 150 locals swamped the MidCoast Council organised session on 24 February 2020.  Council staff […]

Beyond the ValleyLocalPeople

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

These are difficult times. It brings out the best, and the worst, in many of us. It is a time of confusion, scare-mongering, panic buying, false information, but also helping neighbours, keeping family close, showing supportive friendships online, long distance family nurturing.  The only way through this is to use our common sense, do what […]

Local

COUNCIL IN CHAOS.

MidCoast Council’s Mission Statement: “We deliver benefits for our community in a way that adds value and builds trust” Do we hear a round of distant booing? In the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic with over 1,300,000 people infected, triggering a global and national recession that will have dire consequences on our local community resulting […]

Local

ABC Survey Report on for Regional Area Shows

The Electorate of Lyne has the third highest risk rate for CoronaVirus in Australia.   Coronavirus data shows risk factors are high in regional and coastal areas, lower in cities. The ABC Story Lab Report by Markus Mannheim has the following story: As coronavirus spreads across Australia, it won’t affect each place evenly — some populations […]

LocalPolitics

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 […]

Local

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 […]