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White Ribbon

Morgan Stewart, CEO of Club Taree Golf Club, is a shrewd businessman who has embraced women as his prime customers. He is also a White Ribbon Ambassador.    The White Ribbon campaign began 26 years ago in Canada as a response to the massacre of 14 women. It is a men-led movement to raise awareness […]

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Why private schools should be banned

Elizabeth Farrelly   If I had one wish for Australia it’d be this. Ban private schools. The Turnbull government has been caught hiding funding figures for Catholic schools but it beatsmewhy such funding even exists. Indeed, it beatsmewhy private schools exist. Why they’re even legal.  Private schools don’t necessarily produce bad people, although it’s true […]


Nicole’s Story

A lot of readers would know John (dec) and Coralie Rowsell’s daughter Nicole, who is volunteering at a school and orphanage for children in crisis and at risk in Thailand. She has been volunteering for two years for an Australian organisation called Mercy International which has been doing this work in Thailand for 30 years. […]


Surviving the Women’s Adventure Summit!

I have just attended the first ‘Women’s Adventure Summit’, organised by two local women, Amy Heague and KerryAnn Hayes, who started an adventure magazine, ‘Travel Play Live’.    Going against the online trend, they turned their business into a print magazine, and haven’t looked back. Suitable for women of all fitness levels, who want to […]

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Gold Fever!

Tinonee residents, Chris and Graham Gibbons are keen travelers on a mission.  Here Chris tells of gold detecting at Forsayth in outback Queensland.     We have just returned from two months at Forsayth in Queensland, where we have been going for the last seven years, getting away from the winter and doing some detecting […]

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Prince of Misrule

The internet is alive with stories about Prince Philip, including some dubious facts.  Such as, that he has written 14 books, to which we can return later. When it was announced, very recently, that he was standing down, he famously remarked “Well, I’m finding it harder to be standing up.”   HRH has been the […]


A Passion for Painting

Wingham businesswoman, Donna Carrier, runs a cafe and small art studio using Chalk Paint created by Annie Sloan to transform furniture.  Here Donna shares her trip to England to study with Annie Sloan in Oxford. Chalk Paint™ is a decorative paint developed by Annie Sloan 25 years ago. It very rarely requires any preparation, such […]


Searching for the Perfect Life

  There are some people who have lived in a village like Tinonee all their lives. Then there are newer residents. like Cheree Finnerty, who discover this gem of a village and take a punt on moving and starting a business. Her business is hair and beauty, so tucked away on a property she shares […]


OUR HOUSE . . . Rachel and Noel Piercy.

  Acting Director of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, Rachel Piercy, and her husband Noel, have built an eco friendly home in Tinonee and haven’t had a power bill since! Q) What made you decide to build a Strawbale house? A) We have always been interested in sustainable housing, and after years of research, we […]


Whirlwind Donna owes it all to sheer hard work

She’s probably one of the most familiar faces in Wingham. A self-confessed foodie, a business identity, deeply devoted to promoting our local produce, and a dogged, dedicated, worker whose achievements, plans and dreams make you want to sit down, have a coffee and take a deep breath. Donna Carrier’s cheerful, if driven persona, is something of an inspiration. But, like […]


Still a Wingham Gal at Heart

One of Australia’s most esteemed film producers, Sue Milliken, has published a wonderful book of Aussie movie-dom anecdotes in collaboration with Australia’s acclaimed director, Bruce Beresford. One wonders if little Sue, growing up in Wingham with her brother, (noted journalist Robert Milliken) where their parents ran the Wingham Hotel (another heritage landmark lamentably now lost) ever dreamt of being a movie producer. ‘No! Not all,’ laughs Sue. ‘But I loved going to […]