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WINTER AT U3A

Manning Valley University of the Third Age (U3A) is back in 2021 offering more courses and activities for the retired/semi-retired over 50 age group.  Right now, we are in the midst of our term two program bringing delight to hundreds of members old and new. Twenty-two courses cover a range of subjects at low cost, […]

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 […]

LocalPolitics

WE GET NO SAY IN WHO’S OUR MAYOR!

The NSW Electoral Commission has recently commenced publishing information regarding the Local Government Elections scheduled for 4 September 2021, and a key feature is that there will be no popularly elected Mayor at MidCoast Council.  The proclamation which created the amalgamated MidCoast Council stipulated that for the “first election” the Mayor would be elected by […]

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WINGHAM BEAUTIFICATION FEEDBACK

Brushy Cutting, the lookout at The Bight is a popular scenic spot for visitors to the Manning.  Not everyone seems too thrilled with the plans to “beautify” Wingham! Most concern is for the heart of the town – the Village Green, to use it’s formal original name rather than the common Central Park. Locals don’t […]

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WHAT A GREAT VIEW!

Brushy Cutting, the lookout at The Bight is a popular scenic spot for visitors to the Manning.  Despite calls to the Police and Council, an abandoned (stolen?)  car at the lookout has seen out its days in full view over many weeks. We are told that the car was apparently registered and had third party […]

LocalPeople

WINGHAM PET MOTEL GETS A BIG BARK OF APPROVAL

One of the traumas of travelling is leaving beloved pets behind.  But Wingham Canine Lodge and Pet Motel gets a five paw rating. BOARDING Cats have the choice of an apartment in the cattery overlooking the 100 acres, or a bedroom with air con in the granny flat.  Selected dogs can stay in Ros and […]

LocalPolitics

Councillor Jan McWilliams Bows Out

Former Great Lakes Mayor, MidCoast Councillor and Tuncurry resident Jan McWilliams has announced she is retiring from MidCoast Council after 26 years of public service. ‘It’s time,’ she says. ‘I’d like to thank my General Managers over the years -Gerry McDonagh, Keith O’Leary and Glenn Handford , along with former Great Lakes Mayor John Chadban […]

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Ukuleles, Buddhism and More with U3A

After running a limited program in Term 4 2020, the Manning Valley U3A is back in full swing in 2021. Classes in a range of subjects are underway, at low cost, mainly at the Manning Uniting Church, for people over 50. We are happy to be able to offer 23 courses this term, with some […]

HistoryLocal

MAKING OUR TOWNS DESIRABLE

Wingham is getting a make-over. The most important thing we should remember is – Wingham is a HERITAGE town!  The tourist brochures and websites describe Wingham as –  “The oldest town in the beautiful Manning Valley, a lovely historic village on the banks of the Manning River. The village green  (correct expression, not Central Park) […]

LocalMoneyPolitics

MILKING OUR WATER

When the Government decided to merge Midcoast Water with MCC it was claimed that it would save the Midcoast Water some $2.4m per year mainly due to the merging of the backroom functions. Well the reality is that in the period from 01/07/2015 to 30/06/2019 the Administration costs have increased from $185.19 per property to […]

HealthLocalNotices

500 and still counting

500 may not seem like a large number to some but when Can Assist Manning Valley recently assisted the 500th family since inception 8 years ago members knew that they had reached a huge milestone.  Members can’t say that this is a cause for celebration because they would rather have no-one faced with the challenges […]