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Dubious anniversary looms

December 20, one year ago, MidCoast Council’s GM, Glenn Handford resigned in a shock, unexpected announcement  at the end of the Council meeting. He went out as he ruled, shoving through a self serving agenda ratepayers are left to endure.

Your Say


Christine Stanton was deeply concerned about the Council’s handling of the Masters debacle. She requested to speak to Council on November 22 2017. Following her address, her husband also requested to speak at the next, and last, Council meeting on


Masters and the Commander. Episode One. The MidCoast Council’s muted announcement, that it is buying the vacant Masters Building in Taree, was greeted with mixed reactions from ratepayers.  Some wondered where the money was coming from (whether there were plans

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To the Editor As a rural ratepayer in the MidCoast Council, an amalgam of Forster/Great Lakes, Gloucester and Greater Taree Councils Taree City Council, our rates and charges have four components. Farmland (charged on rateable value), Farmland base amount, Septic

THE PARTY’S OVER . . . now the battle begins . . .

So we have the first Midcoast Council and, while the angst and dust of the election settles, battle lines are being drawn, as our new representatives jockey for power and position. The old hands know that they are up against

Calling all Council Candidates!

The first election of Councillors for the new Midcoast Council will take place next September, 2017! It’s going to be a very different ball game, with the new Council covering three former electorates, an area of roughly 10,000 kilometres, which approximates

Letter to the Editor: GTCC General Manager responds to SRV article


Dear Editor I wish to respond to your front page article titled “Who Understands The SRV” in the January 2016 edition of the Manning Community News. Given your publication advertised the consultation on the SRV in 2015 it seems odd

Letter to the Editor: Council and SRV – Strange Happenings


Dear madam, I sent this letter to the editor  of the Manning River Times and it seems that they do not wish to publish this letter. It seems, and this is a hypothetical comment,  that it may conflict with financial

Who Understands the SRV?

Some of the community might now be aware that the GTCC has plans to increase our rates. To do this, Council is required to apply for an SRV (special rate variation) from IPART – the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal which is an approved independent statutory body which

Council has no money!


As our Greater Taree City Council is constantly telling we ratepayers that they have no money to carry out certain jobs, why then is it necessary to continually employ so many engineers and staff in Council chambers to oversee all