Mulloway are what could be called a prized catch and sit high on recreational fishers “must catch” bucket list. Port Stephens, both inside and outside the harbour, has a very healthy population of thumping mulloway up to a hefty 30kg.


Welcome to our new sporting columnist! And he is a sport!  You would think that once the football season was over …. alright, alright, you rowdy mob in the back row can calm down or I’ll have you thrown out!  Yes,


This year sees the 100th anniversary of the publication of Norman Lindsay’s whimsical, satirical, clever, funny and classic book – The Magic Pudding. It was my favourite book as kid and when I came to read it to my children,


Glancing at this book’s cover, resplendent with chooks and scrolls, could lead you to think it will be a happy tale of rural life, but a closer look at the shot of dusty orange paddocks tells the real story of

“Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up”

Merit or tradition?  Political journalist, and resident of a small rural NSW town, Gabrielle Chan, reflects on political attitudes to rural and regional Australia. Penguin Random House, Rrp. $34.99 “The former Nationals senator Ron Boswell was quite the character around

Museum Donation Dress

This wonderful wedding ensemble was worn by Alice May Chapman on her marriage to Walter Stephen Cooper in 1906. It has been donated to the Wingham Museum by Alice’s granddaughters Carolyn Lynch (L) snd Elizabeth Robinson. The wonderful Wingham Museum


There is a lot of news happening now about Royal Commissions. The newest Royal Commission, investigating the Aged Care Industry, has copped a lot of flack recently in the media.  Elder abuse is also very topical and there are many


Collect the past and invest for your future What a great month, the highlight for Jen and I was taking our four little granddaughters to Sydney over the long week-end. They range in age from six down to nearly two.

Summer means sunscreen

With the weather bureau suggesting that we should expect hot dry conditions over the next several months as much as 80% increase on the maximum temperatures,  there is little doubt our bodies will be exposed to damaging harmful radiation which

Yummy Easy Quick Around The World by Matt Preston

Published by Plum RRP $39.99. Our good mate Matt had such a success with his first Quick, Easy,Yummy Cookbook…that’s he’s gone all exotic on us, showing us how to cheat, fake and whip up (almost) authentic  international cuisine! We love


Following my previous article about growing tomatoes I have been approached at the nursery on many occasions asking what else I know. I’m often asked if I have any top secret tips- something that will make fruit sweeter, produce bumper

Tallwoods resident disagrees with manufactured home estates’ advocate.

An annonymous comment on the website of The Manning Community News has drawn this rebuttal from reader Bill Richardson.  Original comment – Author: Andrew D Comment: Let’s start with some basics – I holiday in Hallidays Point and surrounds and