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EnvironmentPolitics

GLADYS GIVES WITH ONE HAND THEN TAKES WITH THE OTHER…

Some Manning Community News readers have asked what is happening with the logging in Bulga Forest?   The local community recently found evidence that at least two Koalas  had survived the bushfires which had burned all around them. The good news is that they have been given a one year reprieve! After weeks of frantic […]

MediaPolitics

ARTS FUNDING TO NSW SLASHED

It’s bad enough in the cities, but now the NSW Government has decided to withdraw funding for Regional Arts NSW over the next two years.  This means that funds will disappear for Art and cultural projects like those under the umbrella of Arts Mid North Coast.   We asked for a comment from some of […]

Politics

INGTEGRITY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION NEEDED MORE THAN EVER

The case for a truly independent, federal Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission is beyond question – yes, the focus must be on both integrity and anti-corruption. If, in today’s COVID world, we could do a “pub test”, the message would undoubtedly be that people simply can’t understand why the major parties haven’t got together and established […]

Politics

“WATCH” THIS SPACE

As Scott Morrison’s outrage slid seamlessly from Christine Holgate’s Cartier  watches to Qatar’s intrusive body searches, the Prime Minister could well have been grateful for the distraction, because he had received some seriously bad news. And the worst of it was, that most of the rest of us would have regarded it as good news, […]

LocalPolitics

NO GREENING AND NATS ON THE NOSE – WE’RE IN

As if there wasn’t enough bad news around, Council has put on hold a greening strategy for our electorate unlike so many smarter councils, and our koalas are, it seems to the National Party, standing in the way of “progress” while our fearless leader is hell-bent on re-purposing federally funded agencies away from renewables to […]

EnvironmentPolitics

SCOTT MORRISON’S GAS PLAN IS AN ARROGANT, IRRESPONSIBLE DISASTER

John Hewson These days, the only commercial role for new gas projects is for small-scale back up.  The only rival to the arrogance of Morrison’s gas-led recovery strategy is its irresponsibility. So much for evidence-based policy as a foundation for good, responsible government. There is no evidence to support the expansion of gas-fired generation in […]

EnvironmentPolitics

THE ENERGY COMMONS

Ashley DawsonWe need a rapid and just transition beyond fossil fuels. We are only going to get such a transition if we can wrench control of our energy systems out of the hands of profit-seeking corporations with a strong stake in continuing business as usual.  The struggle for democratic control over energy production, distribution, and […]

LocalPolitics

$33 MILLION? WHO’S COUNTING?

We are. For the third year running MidCoast Council has again struggled to complete its end of year Financial Statements on time.  At the 9 September Council Meeting the Corporate Services Division authorised by Director Steve Embry, presented the 2019/20 ‘Draft’ Financial Statements to Council to sign off on for Audit by the NSW Auditor […]

LocalPolitics

Memo to MidCoast Councillor Troy Fowler –

I know you rarely stand up and speak in Council, but after hearing you stumble through a question in the last Council Meeting querying the correct figures of the Council’s ‘Draft’ Financial Statements for audit by the NSW Auditor General as reported in this newspaper, go and look on Council’s website where we found them. […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

SCOTT MORRISON’S 21ST CENTURY BOOK BURNING

Judith White Prime Minister Morrison’s Coalition Government has committed $270 billion to militarisation, while universities, public broadcasters and the arts face devastation.  The implications for Australian society are grim. In the digital age, it doesn’t take the physical burning of books for anti-intellectualism to flourish. It just takes the systematic undermining of the public institutions […]

LocalPeoplePolitics

A TRAGIC REMINDER THAT COUNCIL DOESN’T SEEM TO CARE

A small group gathered at the Bight Cemetery outside Wingham to mark a tragic anniversary on the 22nd July – it’s been twelve months since MidCoast Council desecrated the graves of their loved ones. Due to Covid restrictions many other relatives could not attend.  According to spokesman for The Blight of the Bight Group, Tim […]

LocalPolitics

MCC Budget Passed

At the 8 July Council Meeting MidCoast Councillors approved a Budget Expenditure of $261 Million (on a vote of 6 to 3) for the 2020/21 Financial Year. Here’s how some of that money will be spent: Staff Costs: $92,000,000  An increase of 34%, since this Council was elected in 2017. What do they all do? […]