Creating Healthy Soil Workshop

You are invited to attend a one-day workshop, sponsored by LLS Hunter and presented by MOGG (Manning Organic Gardening Group). The workshop has been made possible through a Community Education Grant provided by Hunter LLS with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Saturday 9 April 2016, 9.30 am – 3.30pm Killabakh Hall, 1676 […]


A Dream to Save our Planet

He’s a gentle man, softly spoken, with warm humorous eyes. Just the sort of person you can imagine as a kid growing up in Armidale who loved bugs, the bush and collected stamps. Now he lives quietly, adores visit from his grandkids, and appears to be enjoying retirement on his property at Bootawa. Yet Jim […]


One voice can become many

Occasionally there comes a point in life when you have to stand up and say ‘Enough is enough.’ For Manning local Jennifer Schoelpple it was October 2013. ‘I’ll never forget that morning. The tipping point for me was when the Abbott government gave the green light for the AGL pilot wells at Gloucester. That final […]


Switch your power and hit the energy giants in the

The Big Three power companies – Origin, AGL and Energy Australia – are using their might to set back the path of renewable energy, be it solar, wind, wave energy or others. Power prices will no doubt go up as a result. The reliance on fossil fuels with all its attendant environmental damage is being […]


Our own Wollemi Pine?

We have one of the world’s rarest critically endangered species of orchid – the Wingham Donkey Orchid (Diuris flavescens) secretly surviving around our district. Botanist Andrew Paget of Wildwood Flora in Upper Lansdowne is its passionate protector, along with several local authorities and Greater Taree City Council. There are three known sites, one on private […]


One brother’s journey

Steve Posselt describes himself as an engineer, author, adventurer, eco-warrior and grandfather. Steve, aged 62, is currently paddling his kayak up the Mississippi on a personal campaign to raise awareness of global warming. Steve, from the NSW Northern Rivers, plans to continue through the Great Lakes to the sea at the top of Canada, then […]