Those were the dancing days!

We hope Manning Valley readers with long memories can help us identify some of the young women in this striking photo from Wingham in the 1920s. The picture belongs to Sue Milliken and her brother Robert Milliken, who grew up in Wingham when their parents, Thelma and David Milliken, owned the Wingham Hotel up to the […]


Why Taree Aviation Park didn’t fly

Not even aviation experts could persuade Greater Taree City Council to design a business park that was suitable for the general aviation industry. The council’s design plan meant that commercial hangar sites were too small, there was no provision for helicopters, inadequate facilities for flying training colleges and unusable routes to the main runway. These […]

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Encore Harrington

Letter to the editor: Although at opposite ends of the Manning Valley and showcasing not only the beautiful Manning River but also the ever changing seascape, it’s interesting that many people in Harrington have the same views about Greater Taree City Council as expressed in the first edition of the Manning Community News.  The reason […]

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Sale of community owned buildings

Letter to the editor: My Name is Tarnie Van Vliet. I was born in the Manning Base and have grown up in this beautiful part of the world and am proud to call the Manning Valley my home. I have chosen to raise my young family in Wingham “The Friendly Town” and am also part […]


Wither Wingham?

What will Wingham look like in 20 or 40 years’ time? Will it be a bustling, thriving country community, a sleepy backwater, or virtual ghost town? Or will vestiges of its long history be gone and replaced with a modern township of slick cookie cutter commercial franchises like hundreds of similar towns? Bit like those […]


Promoting the Manning

The late Jim Revitt, ABC TV and radio correspondent, amongst other roles, was born in Wingham. He established and trained the first Aboriginal journalism cadets for the ABC, was a community activist on Sydney’s northern beaches fighting – and winning – for Pittwater to secede from Warringah Council and become the electorate of Pittwater, plus […]


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 […]