Category Archives: People

What low life has done this?

Okay, you can call me a tree hugger along with a lot of others who appreciate trees. Who not only respect and enjoy the beauty, peace and comfort of sheltering shady trees, or who have been awestruck standing in the

No Mines at Gloucester Sets A Precedent

The Rocky Hill Court Decision is a win for Australia “Dear residents of the Manning and Gloucester valleys – The Gloucester community is deeply grateful to EDO NSW staff and Barrister Robert White for their unstinting support of the Gloucester

Bob’s coming for a cuppa, and you’re invited!

In April The Bob Brown Foundation is leading a convoy to drive from Hobart to the Galilee Basin, west of Mackay, in a showdown to stop the Adani mine. And he hopes concerned Aussies will drive with him. There will be

Peter is the big picture man!

Peter Tait is the President of Wingham Golf Club. The kind of job a man who’s retired, but fit and energetic, might take on as he loves golf.  Peter is a local, taught Agriculture at Wingham High for fifteen years.

Travel to a new life, Imran!

Like everyone who has met him, or knows Imran Mohammed’s story,- Rohingya refugee, who suffered for five years in detention on Manus Island after fleeing his homeland, Myanmar, separated from his scattered family, we wish him safety, joy and fulfilment

Where the heart is – life on the land

Siobhan and her husband live on a 37 acre property at Possum Brush, and her parents have lived on 225 acres at Upper Myall for almost 40 years. Her parents, Sam and Ingrid McCorriston would like to retire on the

Thailand… honeymoon haven or handmaiden to Saudis? Thailand should return football player refugee to Australia, not Bahrain

Elaine Pearson Recently, with the world watching, Thailand did the right thing and took action to protect a vulnerable 18-year-old woman Saudi woman, Rahaf Alqunun, and stopped her forced return to Kuwait. She has been given refugee status by Canada. 

Imran Update

Some readers have asked how our friend Imran, the refuge from Manus who has been settled in to Chicago in the US, is faring. I received this note recently. Modestly, he doesn’t mention that he was a guest speaker at

Our women need support.

Leonie McGuire, who has worked so tirelessly for women affected by domestic violence, was last month awarded a prestigious Edna Ryan Award for 2018.    The EDNAs are awards for women who have made a feminist difference – the battlers and the

There’s no business like show business

(particularly Les Miserables.) Congratulations to Director Gayle Cameron on her production of Les Miserables at the Taree Entertainment Centre. Here she modestly reflects on her great contribution to entertainment in our area.  Irving Berlin had it right when he wrote

Cr. Len Roberts Assault Update:

Following our front page story on the upheaval at Karuah Land Council as the majority of members tried to oust self-appointed CEO, Cr Len Roberts…. Here is the background in case you missed it and the latest update…  At the

Welcome our new GM!

The new General Manager of MidCoast Council, Mr Adrian Panuccio, starts work July 9. Is this a man who is a dreamer and an achiever? Who thinks and acts creatively and is consultative? Does he understand the depth of country