A sudden shimmer of brilliant green in a dark sea of lost trees. Small green leaves unfurling; defiant, strong. Bringing Hope. Renewal. Life. We start again. Wiser, stronger, united.  Related PostsWhat low life has done this?


The Manning On Toast

Do you want to be able to speak to every person at a function with confidence or deliver that great speech at your child’s wedding? Are you the type of person that the researchers at Psychology world Today say would rather be in the coffin, than delivering the eulogy at a funeral?  If you suffer […]


Koalas in Care inc.

KOALAS IN CARE INC is a non-profit organisation and a registered charity run by volunteers and has no paid employees. Licensed by the Office of Environment & Heritage, our operational area covers approximately 843 000 hectares across three Local Government Areas – Greater Taree, Gloucester and over half of Great Lakes. This vast area contains […]


A message from Ulani, my younger granddaughter

To all my loyal readers, friends and community – Thank you for your input, support and wishes. May the coming year, indeed decade, bring a new reckoning of what is valuable and truly important in life – family, friends, our environment, habitat and wildlife. Here’s to the hope that as a community we can all pull […]


Apology to Len Roberts

An article in the July/August 2018 edition of this paper, entitled “Land Council Revolt – Roberts asked to go” alleged that Mr Roberts had engaged in certain wrongful conduct as CEO of the Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council including failing to account for the sale proceeds of Land Council land. Also, the article raised a […]



The loss of a beloved pet is a pain and an on going ache. Years of familiar patterns of behaviour, their quirks, their loyalty, their mischieviousness, their companionship ended, carves a hole in your life.   Everywhere you look you glimpse the remembered sight of them, wandering and sniffing in the garden, lying in the […]


Here’s A new fundraiser for motorcycling enthusiasts!

Spectrum Support, Australia’s leading not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting those living with  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and creating greater awareness of ASD across the broader community, has launched an innovative new fundraiser weekend getaway for motorcycling enthusiasts. The fundraiser, called ‘The Great Weekender’, involves a three day motorcycle ride that will see riders […]


Umpires wanted

THE MANNING CRICKET UMPIRES’ ASSOCIATION IS LOOKING FOR CRICKET UMPIRES FOR THEIR LOCAL CRICKET COMPETITION The Manning River District Umpires’ & Scorers’ Association (MRDCU&SA) facilitates training courses on the Laws of Cricket for prospective umpires across the Manning. Umpiring is open to men and women of all ages and stages of life. Umpires range from […]


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 bordered by Albert /Victoria /Pulteney and Manning Streets, Taree.  This is a positive and welcome […]


Loss of Tallwoods Pioneer

Vale: William Raymond Richardson (Bill) 17 April 1942 – 11 July 2019 Tallwoods Village pioneer and developer Bill Richardson passed away on July 11, 2019 after a short period in hospital. Richardson was a well known character, thought leader and “influencer” in the mid-coast community. During his memorial service Bill was described by friends and […]


Horticulturally Speaking

Would you like to have a collection of different cliveas and some rare plants you’ve bought to ‘show off’ to your visitors?  Some people may like to create a spiritual feel to their garden with Zen philosophy using Aussie native plants. Others may sit and watch their planted grasses wave and dance in the breeze. […]



At the 10 April Council Meeting, MidCoast Councillors voted by nine (9) votes to one (1) to advance the $40 million Masters Office centralisation project to the Design stage which is estimated to cost around $1 million. Councillor Epov was the only one to vote against it and Cr McWilliams was away. Readers may recall […]