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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 […]

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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? […]

EnvironmentPolitics

“ANTI” ENVIRONMENT MINISTER SIGNS DEATH WARRANT FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT

To those who were paying attention, Graeme Samuels’s interim review into environmental protection laws was a sombre warning. The essential message the veteran  investigator sought was a simple one. The current regime was not working – native flora and fauna were not being conserved, habitat was in an overall state of decline, under increasing threat […]

LocalPolitics

They Keep On Digging Big Holes… Yet It’s Sooo Yesterday…

Councillors vote to remain in Mining Association.   At the MidCoast Council Meeting of 22 July the Council voted by 5 to 4 (with two Councillors absent) to remain a member in the Association of Mining and Energy Related Councils  (MERC) despite  the Council Report and a Recommendation that the membership be terminated. The Report […]

PeoplePolitics

HE THOUGHT HE WAS SAFE, A NEW LIFE BEGINNING…

We have been in touch with our friend, Imran Mohammed since his incarceration on Manus.  A troubling update . . . In 2018, my life changed forever. From being stateless, after seven years held on Manus Island, I became a permanent resident of the United States. The outcome is beyond words. Building trust in humanity […]

LocalPolitics

Council calamities continue

It seems our MidCoast Council has embarked on a public relations campaign during this CoronaVirus time, with a series of self congratulatory announcements all clearly aimed at camouflaging the many disasters of the past three years. Mayor’s Roads Claim Many ratepayers and residents were somewhat surprised when on May 9, Mayor David West appeared on […]

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MIDCOAST COUNCIL’S STAFF COSTS CONTINUE TO SPIRAL.

So much for the promise from Paul Toole, the former Minister for Local Government, that the amalgamation of our three local councils into the MidCoast Council would bring down Council’s administration costs. The table below tells the tale! Financial Year Staff Cost Increase 2017/18 $68.757 M     (Actual) 2018/19 $74.418 M     (Actual) […]

Politics

WHERE ARE THE JACK MUNDEYS TODAY?

A tribute to Jack Mundey It is impossible to overstate the legacy of Jack Mundey. The long life of the brilliant but humble trade unionist was one of integrity, decency and vision. He literally changed Australia forever and his influence extended around the civilised world.  He brought a new term into the vocabulary – Green […]

Politics

REAL KULTCHA

All right children, move in close.  Granddad’s goin’ to tell you a story. (Oh no!  Not another aimless wander through the cobwebs of his addled brain!) It was way back in 2020 – before most of you were even a glint in your mother’s eye. (Beam Me Up, Scotty – there’s no intelligent life down […]

Politics

The buck is out the window

Last week I could have my hair styled but I couldn’t get a kidney transplant. I could take my kids to school but not to church. I could invite nine mates to a funeral but only four to a wedding. I could attend a boot camp but I could not meet my friends in a […]

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MidCoast Council Woes are a Worry!

Where are the Audited Financial Statements??? It has now been over 8 months since the end of the 2018/19 Financial Year and ratepayers and residents are still no wiser as to the state of Council’s finances and are now asking: “Where are MidCoast Council’s 2018 /19 Audited Financial Statements”? Former GTCC Mayor, Paul Hogan OAM, […]