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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 […]

Beyond the ValleyPeople

A MOVE TO THE COUNTRY?

People living in small cities and towns across Australia, away from the big capital cities in which about two-thirds of Australians now live, have been worrying about the future of their communities for the best part of a century – and for most of that time, not without good cause. But it is just possible […]

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 […]

Beyond the ValleyPeople

EVERTON UNMASKED

I was born in Australia in 2010 and when I was nearly four we moved to Texas.Now, moving back to Australia when I am ten years old is really different.  Alot because of Covid.  For example here in Australia you don’t have to wear a mask everywhere! In America, we pretty much went a whole […]

Beyond the ValleyHealthPeople

CARING FOR THE CARERS

There are now more than 2.5 million unpaid carers in Australia – people who selflessly look after family, relatives and friends – many of whom probably don’t realise they are classified as carers. Carers Australia defines carers as “people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental […]

LocalMediaPeople

BE QUICK TO CATCH MATT!

“Dis ‘n Dat” is 2BOB Taree’s radio’s program appealing to anyone with a disability, physical, mental or  emotional. It is produced and presented by wheelchair user Matt Earley. Matt is employed by 2BOB thanks to funding from the Community Broadcasting Foundation in a special program designed to reach out to those living with a disability. […]