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LocalPeoplePolitics

Could greed and meanness cost council millions?

Recently the USU ( The United Services Union, which represents local government, energy, airline, clerical and administrative employees throughout NSW) filed a claim against MidCoast Council which owns MidCoast Assist (a private ageing and disability support service provider) in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission ( Case No. 2021/00207000) for unpaid wages and allowances going back […]

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Coronasomnia

Within living memory, no event has forced change on human behaviour quite like the coronavirus.  World travellers have had their wings clipped. All that is left from carefree holiday travels are old photos from a previous era. Before the turmoil began 18 months ago, the promise of a trip overseas at least every year was […]

HistoryPeopleSport

‘Feeling Very Olympic’

“I am feeling very Olympic today” was that great and memorable line spoken by the character ‘Sanka Coffie’ (played by comedian Doug E. Doug) from the hilarious 1993 Hollywood movie, “Cool Runnings”, arguably one of the better underdog sport stories, which was centred around the Jamaican Bobsled Team competing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in […]

MediaPeople

Celebrating Sixty Years Of ‘Four Corners’, Aunty’s Flagship

Tuncurry local, Wendy Borchers, archivist at ABC TV for many years, looks back. The road leading to the birth of the ABC’s flagship program, ‘Four Corners’ was a rocky one. But I’m proud to have been part of this television institution. In his book ‘Out of the Box’ (Seaview Press, 1999), original producer Robert Raymond […]

HistoryLocalPeopleYour say

Opinion – Why The Bight Cemetery Matters!

(Opinion of The Blight of the Bight Group) The two-year anniversary of the desecration of The Bight Cemetery has just passed. The lack of progress in the repair of the damaged monuments might lead some to question whether the Bight Cemetery really matters. It Matters to Families Two years ago, families found their ancestors’ and […]

EnvironmentLocalPeople

If you’re looking to gain greater control over the weeds

With over 10 years’ experience in managing noxious and invasive weeds, I offer various methods of control to suit your preferences and budget, as well as a Caretaker Service for your property. Drought, Fire and Flood, along with current warm moist conditions, have all contributed to the weed growth we are currently experiencing. Creating a […]

HealthLocalPeople

IS THERE HOPE FOR OUR HOSPITAL? OR NOT?

The flying visit to Taree of the Parliamentary Inquiry Into Health Outcomes and Access to Health and Hospital Services in Rural, Regional and Remote NSW – ie the deterioration and downgrading of Manning Base Hospital (with too frequently disastrous results), told most of us what we already knew – our hospital is a disaster. Over […]

People

WHO WANTS TO BE 100 YEARS OLD?

Bob Dylan is suddenly an octogenarian. His seminal work, written some fifty years ago, ‘For the times they are a changing’, was seditious, in defiance of the old ways and providing a compass to the young. Now he wears the laurel wreath in literature. Full circle. Paul McCartney is not far behind. When he sang […]

ArtBeyond the ValleyPeople

SINGING HER HOME

(This story contains names and images of deceased indigenous persons) Sydney’s acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre have based their acclaimed new work, “SandSong”, on Ningali Lawford-Wolf’s metaphorical knowledge dilly bag which contains the songs and stories of her country, the East Kimberley.  Ningali was an award winning stage and screen actress. She starred in Phillip Noyce’s […]

LocalPeoplePolitics

“Why I Opposed the MCC Budget!”

At the April Meeting of MidCoast Council, Councillor Peter Epov attempted to express his concerns about Council’s Delivery Program, Operational Plan and the 2021/22 ‘Draft’ Budget and was the only Councillor to vote against the Budget going on public exhibition. Many in the community we were appalled at the treatment towards Councillor Epov in that […]

LocalPeople

TAREE ROTARY BACKING BOYS OF THE FUTURE

Patrick Guthridge Is 17 years old, and is School Captain at St. Clare’s High School, Taree. His two close friends, WenYuan LimSchneider and Nathan Smith also attend St Clare’s and the three of them were supported by Taree Rotary to participate in the National Youth Science Forum. This is a program for Year 12 students […]

Beyond the ValleyHealthPeople

THE SHAOLIN HAND

As her big day approached, an expectant mother informed me she wanted her husband Ron to catch the baby. For me as a birth doctor, this was a first-time request, but I had learned from experience that the mother’s wishes were paramount.  No matter how outlandish, anything within the bounds of safety had to be […]