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 […]

Beyond the ValleyHealthPeople

CARING FOR THE CARERS

There are now more than 2.5 million unpaid carers in Australia – people who selflessly look after family, relatives and friends – many of whom probably don’t realise they are classified as carers. Carers Australia defines carers as “people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental […]

Beyond the ValleyNoticesPeople

THE YEAR AHEAD… TAKE A DEEP BREATH

2020 is behind us… gone but certainly not forgotten. Sadly, it will live with us for all the wrong reasons.  Have lessons been learned, what changes will stay, and how can we make a new year better? We all have stories to tell. Some of us are glad that older rellies are not here to […]

Beyond the ValleyPeoplePolitics

AGED CARE…UNDER A CLOUD??

The inquiry into Aged Care muddles along. But for anyone anywhere in Australia who has a loved one in care… clouds and complaints still hover. Sadly, it took a pandemic and many lonely and unnecessary deaths to shine a small beam of light into some very dark rooms. It is notable that the generation most […]

Beyond the Valley

LOOK TO THE HEAVENS

“When beggars die there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.”  Shakespeare’s Calpurnia, the wife of Julius Caesar, knew something was afoot on the Ides of March.  Events in the heavens are woven through the story of human kind. The Egyptian year was divided into the three seasons. The […]

Beyond the ValleyPeoplePolitics

PRIME MINISTER, WHAT DOES THE NEW YEAR HOLD FOR THOSE

John Hewson The federal government is exaggerating its Covid success, but for many people great uncertainty remains. The federal government has made much of achieving “Covid normal” by Christmas  but what of the New Year? The aim has been high level, to contain the virus within our shores, open the domestic borders and establish the […]

Beyond the ValleyHistoryPeople

MOUNTAIN MAGIC

Gaby Klika In late 1893 a young, emerging Australian artist without formal artistic training set off from an artists’ camp at Sydney’s Little Sirius Cove, to go bush.   After taking the train to Taree he explored the challenging terrain of the Manning region on horseback in search of subjects to paint. After two weeks […]

Beyond the ValleyMedia

NO STARS FOR GOVERNMENT CHANGES TO THE FILM & TELEVISION

Recent government changes to film and television support and regulation are not good news for the Australian feature film industry, and are more bad than good for the television production industry. Right now there is an unexpected burst of production across the country, much of it from Hollywood, driven here by the pandemic. There are […]

Beyond the ValleyHealth

CORONA VIRUSES AND THE DEMISE OF CITIES

In 2007, the United Nations declared that over 50% of the world’s population now lived in cities.  This followed many centuries of rural to urban migration driven mainly by displaced agricultural workers seeking employment in industrial and other urban sectors.  In the past decade or so a reversal of this trend has started in wealthy […]