Talk about digging your own grave! Boy, did MidCoast Council get it horribly wrong! We were first contacted by a visitor from Sydney, who  came to visit their relative buried in the Bight Cemetery, and was first to see the

Masters Petition Debated In Parliament. . . To No Avail

The Masters Petition containing over 11,000 signatures opposing the proposed centralisation of MidCoast Council’s operations to the Masters warehouse in Taree costing over $47 Million was discussed in the NSW Legislative Assembly on 8th August. Sponsored by the No MidCoast

We’re stuck with the mayor council chooses

Seems sanity flew out the window and hypocrisy prevailed at the Taree Council Chamber on 14 August as MidCoast Councillors voted 7 to 3 to reject a motion sponsored by Cr Katheryn Bell and seconded by Cr Peter Epov which

Following our story on Stan Roberts “A Hidden Hero In The Family”

David Miller sent us the following piece about the Sandakan Death March.  To the modern tourist, Sabah’s Mt. Kinabalu is a majestic mountain with a most unusual summit. Its’ features are even more striking when viewed through the frame of

Mungo’s musings

Scott Morrison is not too keen on history When it comes to politics – or at least the politics of the Liberal Party, which to him is all that matters – history began with his election as Prime Minister. Everything

A good place to start

A conversation with a charming, passionate, informed and intelligent woman friend, is hard to beat.  Talking with Patrice Newell is inspiring, depressing, challenging, informative, engaging. But above all educating. She doesn’t lecture, but shares knowledge from experience. And when we’re

Who’s minding the farm?

Patrice Newell, Penguin Random House, Australia 2019. Rrp $35 Who’s Minding the Farm? asks Patrice Newell, former journalist, now author and biodynamic farmer.  A self described ‘proud dirt farmer’, Patrice Newell considers there should be a Minister for Soil.  In

The last of the bushrangers: When the past got personal for Mike Munro

Kiera Lindsey When the producer of the Lawless TV series, called me about joining the Lawless team, I was not only thrilled to discover they were planning to open the cold cases of those infamous bushranger stories I had loved

Pixie O’Harris follow up.

(Following our story on the discovery of the Pixie O’Harris paintings at Manning Hospital, Dr Philip Walkom fills in some background.) “Originally the obstetrics ward was above what is now medical records and I did notice the Pixie O’Harris paintings

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

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

Neighbours – they can affect your blood pressure!

In this day and age, unless you are out there on the wallaby all alone, we all have neighbours.  Even if you are in a caravan then you are going to have neighbours at various campsites or caravan parks.  Having