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Beyond the ValleyPeoplePolitics

AGED CARE…UNDER A CLOUD??

The inquiry into Aged Care muddles along. But for anyone anywhere in Australia who has a loved one in care… clouds and complaints still hover. Sadly, it took a pandemic and many lonely and unnecessary deaths to shine a small beam of light into some very dark rooms. It is notable that the generation most […]

People

KERRI-ANNE FLIES HIGH!

I remember the morning Kerri-Anne Wright arrived at Channel Ten to sit in the co-host seat next to Gordon Elliott, year two of  TV’s ground-breaking “Good Morning Australia”.  Original co-host Sue Kellaway had been poached by Packer’s rival channel 9 to start the “Today” Show. It had been a race between Rupert Murdoch (10) and […]

Beyond the ValleyPeoplePolitics

PRIME MINISTER, WHAT DOES THE NEW YEAR HOLD FOR THOSE

John Hewson The federal government is exaggerating its Covid success, but for many people great uncertainty remains. The federal government has made much of achieving “Covid normal” by Christmas  but what of the New Year? The aim has been high level, to contain the virus within our shores, open the domestic borders and establish the […]

Beyond the ValleyHistoryPeople

MOUNTAIN MAGIC

Gaby Klika In late 1893 a young, emerging Australian artist without formal artistic training set off from an artists’ camp at Sydney’s Little Sirius Cove, to go bush.   After taking the train to Taree he explored the challenging terrain of the Manning region on horseback in search of subjects to paint. After two weeks […]

People

A CARING SON

David Haines Mum celebrated her birthday last month, so I sent her a jar of my home-made marmalade. She lives in England which made it as expensive as buying her a jar of Périgord foie gras!  There was, however, something special about both the birthday and the marmalade.  Mum was born on the twentieth of […]

EnvironmentPeople

TURNING CREATIVITY TO WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Sue Liu is an artist, author, communications professional, and community builder from Sydney. As an artist and communicator she wants to foster an enduring appreciation to help save Australia’s threatened wildlife and their habitats. She started drawing only in 2019 after scuba diving in Sydney, interacting with sea animals and discovering the beauty of so […]

LocalPeople

IT’S TIME TO OWN UP

As we recover from the economic impact and isolation imposed by COVID, Caroline Baum, the Ambassador for OWN – The Older Women’s Network in NSW – hopes women will find new ways to connect in the Manning Valley and surrounds. New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released  recently  confirms what many have suspected […]

LocalPeopleSport

BEV’S BACK DANCING!

Bev Williamson from Annie Rose Academy of Dance returns after a three year absence to Blackhead Surf Club with her daughter Kate, to conduct “movement to music classes for mature dancers”. Says Bev, ‘It’s very important to keep moving, especially when you are getting older.  Dancing is not only good for the body, it can […]

LocalPeoplePolitics

A TRAGIC REMINDER THAT COUNCIL DOESN’T SEEM TO CARE

A small group gathered at the Bight Cemetery outside Wingham to mark a tragic anniversary on the 22nd July – it’s been twelve months since MidCoast Council desecrated the graves of their loved ones. Due to Covid restrictions many other relatives could not attend.  According to spokesman for The Blight of the Bight Group, Tim […]

LocalPeople

FORGING A PATH TO HIS FUTURE

It is so heart warming to meet a 16 year old lad, who has found his passion and is not only pursuing it, but running it as a business in addition to his school studies.  Meet Tyler Budden from Rainbow Flat who fell in love with the blacksmith’s art and is now an artisan metal […]

LocalPeople

DOROTHY TAYLOR REVISTS AN OLD FRIEND!

My life began as a Telephonist at the early age of thirteen when I started work at Adam Murray’s Post Office and  shop at Dyers Crossing. In early February 1959 Charlie Lee, the mailman from Wingham to Dyers Crossing told me there was a position for a Telephonist at Burrell Creek, as Daphne Squires was […]

LocalPeople

A CHANGE OF ‘ART

Steve Losh has lived and worked in Taree for over 30 years in the building industry, but art has always been a part of his life. So twelve months ago he decided to have a career change and opened an Art gallery and Art supply store. He advertised for local artists to display and sell […]