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 […]


Wake up call – planning to burn

Contact your local Rural Fire Brigade and make an appointment with one of their local Fire Permit Officers who will inspect what you plan to burn and where, then issue a permit for the next 14 days only. Time frame might change depending on weather conditions. Maybe a few too many were telling porkies about […]


Collectibles – Olympia Antique Solutions

Check the shed and under the bed . . . you might have a collectible antique hiding at your house. Rex Nicholls from the newly opened  Olympia Antique Solutions in Taree  is on the lookout for old and odd antiques.  Here is this month’s  collectible – a unique REDex fuel additive container with injector system. […]


Can you help this cricket tragic?

There’s a book about 100 years of  cricket in the Manning Valley on its way, and the foreword says “Les Eastaway has Manning water in his veins, not just blood”. Les Eastaway grew up in Taree, and his grandfather spent his life in the Manning.  His father, too – Henry Murray Eastaway – was a seafarer […]


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 […]


One of life’s dilemmas…

Does anyone have any tips/suggestions on moving on fat green frogs from the dunny? It’s a septic in the garden away from the house and a frog family have taken up residence no matter how much the security has been reinforced. Obviously they come up the drain and lurk in the porcelain. Flushing seems to […]


New weekly farmers markets?

Popular German smallgoods maker Rudi Mentges from Mentges Master Meats in Taree is planning to invite local farmers (and backyard growers) to sell their produce each Thursday morning at his new premises from 7.30am – 11am. At the moment with monthly markets growers aren’t geared up to supply a weekly demand, so everyone is planting […]


Reminder to get your flu shots

REMINDER from Wingham Family Health Clinic to get your flu shots. It’s free to everyone over 65 and a long list of other people who have chronic conditions. All patients need to do is see the nurse. If not covered by Medicare they have vaccines onsite that you can purchase very reasonably. While the shots […]