EnvironmentLocalPolitics

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE… BUT SOON NOT A DROP TO DRINK??

Do we need to hit the pause button to rethink where our local future is headed? Sometimes we see splashy local newspaper articles about new developments to “enhance our area, attract new families” to move here.  And if you look more carefully you may find in the classified section or back pages, or buried on […]

Politics

ARE OUR COUNCIL RATES GOING UP… AGAIN?

It seems ratepayers will receive a double whammy in the next financial year when rates go up. Again. And not only by that 5% Special Rate Variation (SRV) which was introduced to pay the interest on loans which Council was supposed to be taking out as part of its 50% contribution to the stalling $100 […]

EnvironmentPolitics

Environmental activists agree The future is now!

MidCoast Council residents and ratepayers cannot wait for another consultation or survey when it comes to the environment, sustainable practices and social justice.  Longtime activists and concerned citizens gathered at the Manning Valley Uniting Church on Saturday, March 13 to participate in a grassroots process to determine the most urgent regional issues facing our local […]

Politics

Important Public Announcement

EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE MidCoast Councillor, Peter Epov, is currently conducting preliminary investigations into running as a Candidate at the 2021 MidCoast Council Elections on 4 September.  Peter is inviting expressions of interest and or support (and comments), from persons who would like to either participate and / or assist a potential Group which Peter may form […]

LocalPolitics

WE GET NO SAY IN WHO’S OUR MAYOR!

The NSW Electoral Commission has recently commenced publishing information regarding the Local Government Elections scheduled for 4 September 2021, and a key feature is that there will be no popularly elected Mayor at MidCoast Council.  The proclamation which created the amalgamated MidCoast Council stipulated that for the “first election” the Mayor would be elected by […]

Politics

PM MAKES A MOCKERY OF “DUE PROCESS.”

The cant from our “can do” Prime Minister concerning the necessity for “due process” in considering serious allegations affecting our Attorney-General is breathtaking in its hypocrisy.  The principal premise on which he relies is our much vaunted common-law system – which for hundreds of years did absolutely nothing to protect the most fundamental rights of […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

THE GREAT FACEBOOK SHOOT-OUT.

The great Facebook shoot-out is not over.  The six-guns may be back in the holsters, but Facebook has made it clear it is not shucking its shell on the ground.  News pages may have been restored, but Facebook reserves the right again to shut down news feeds.   The government made some concessions and, finally […]

LocalPolitics

Councillor Jan McWilliams Bows Out

Former Great Lakes Mayor, MidCoast Councillor and Tuncurry resident Jan McWilliams has announced she is retiring from MidCoast Council after 26 years of public service. ‘It’s time,’ she says. ‘I’d like to thank my General Managers over the years -Gerry McDonagh, Keith O’Leary and Glenn Handford , along with former Great Lakes Mayor John Chadban […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironmentPolitics

THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE

After years of government mishandling and deliberate obfuscation, kowtowing to developers, ignoring the climate science, degrading our land, losing wildlife and habitat, it’s time to change our environmental laws.  According to The Guardian Australia, The Morrison government must overhaul Australia’s environmental laws, including establishing new independent bodies to take on responsibility for monitoring the environment […]

LocalMoneyPolitics

MILKING OUR WATER

When the Government decided to merge Midcoast Water with MCC it was claimed that it would save the Midcoast Water some $2.4m per year mainly due to the merging of the backroom functions. Well the reality is that in the period from 01/07/2015 to 30/06/2019 the Administration costs have increased from $185.19 per property to […]

EnvironmentLegalPolitics

WHAT’S A TREE WORTH? LOGGING OR LIFE?

Bulldozers destroy 500,000 hectares of forest every year.An area the size of the MCG is bulldozed every two minutes in Australia. Logging poisons our soil and water, suffocates the Great Barrier Reef, kills wildlife, drains our carbon budget, and leaves our towns, cities and suburbs hotter and less liveable.  If we want to protect our […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM THE BIDEN PRESIDENCY

Joe Biden is the most “elected” president in US history, having won not only the November 3 2020 election but also many court challenges which have reaffirmed the election result. The January 6 formal announcement of his election victory was marred by one of the worst acts of violence in Washington DC history, when the […]