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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BooksEnvironmentPolitics

WHAT IS TO BE DONE

– Political Engagement and Saving the Planet Barry Jones  Scribe  Rrp $35.00 Part 2. Jones is puzzled that “there appears to be an inverse relationship between the number of graduates in parliament and the quality of political debate…it is now impossible to get a straight answer to a question, whether asked in parliament and the […]

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DEATH OF A TREE… AGAIN

The brutal amputation to kill a wonderful old rainforest tree, carefully planted and landscaped by a forbear of Wingham at least 70 years ago, which was reduced to a stump is tragic to see.   Yet again some of Council’s “rip ‘em up Joe” team of grave trashers and killers of cypress trees at the […]

BooksEnvironmentPolitics

What is to be Done – Political Engagement and Saving

Book Review Barry JonesScribe Rrp $35.00 In his preface, Jones lists “the four horsemen of the apocalypse that threaten humanity: . . . population growth exacerbated by per capita resource use; climate change; pandemics; and racism and state violence.”  The lead horse is population, which pandemics might reign in.  The latter two horses are mostly […]

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GENTLE SOUNDS AND SIGHTS THAT MAKE US SMILE

…. the chirp of a newborn bird…. the flutter of a first flight A pair of Red WattleBirds made a nest in a hanging basket of geraniums outside my office door.   We had wondered why the pair were hanging about, then I spotted Mum’s tail as she hunkered down in a neat little nest. […]

EnvironmentLocal

KOALA CATASTROPHE!

We face losing the last koalas to developers. . . on our watch, on our doorstep.  The few remaining Koalas in NSW, far from being treasured and protected, are facing a full on disaster to their ability to thrive, given the watering down and manipulation of our environmental laws and the 2020 Koala SEPP, which […]

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 […]