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Imran Update

Some readers have asked how our friend Imran, the refuge from Manus who has been settled in to Chicago in the US, is faring. I received this note recently. Modestly, he doesn’t mention that he was a guest speaker at the “Voices for Justice” Convention in Chicago in November and received a standing ovation.  Dear […]

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Our women need support.

Leonie McGuire, who has worked so tirelessly for women affected by domestic violence, was last month awarded a prestigious Edna Ryan Award for 2018.    The EDNAs are awards for women who have made a feminist difference – the battlers and the unsung heroines who show commitment and determination. These Awards recognise those whose activity advances the […]


There’s no business like show business

(particularly Les Miserables.) Congratulations to Director Gayle Cameron on her production of Les Miserables at the Taree Entertainment Centre. Here she modestly reflects on her great contribution to entertainment in our area.  Irving Berlin had it right when he wrote the smash hit “There’s No Business Like Show Business” for Annie Get Your Gun in […]


Welcome our new GM!

The new General Manager of MidCoast Council, Mr Adrian Panuccio, starts work July 9. Is this a man who is a dreamer and an achiever? Who thinks and acts creatively and is consultative? Does he understand the depth of country culture? Is he willing to listen and engage with the people as much as his […]


Her bright smile hides a heavy heart

We see her nightly on TV telling us the news . .  but NBN’s Natasha Beyersdorf . .  has her own fight . . . I don’t want to whinge. I don’t want to be angry anymore.  I’m worn down by a system that promised to help people with disabilities to live full, meaningful lives, but […]

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Imran is free!

Rohingya refugee, Imran Mohammad, who fled Burma and has suffered in detention for five years in PNG on Manus and Nauru, under Australia’s unconscionable detention laws, was one of the lucky ones in the group of exchange refugees, under President Obama’s legislation to go to the USA, fortunately, if grudgingly agreed to by the Trump […]


Maggie has the recipe

One of the nicest things about being a guest at a Writer’s Festival, is meeting interesting people, who happen to have written a book or two. So, I was thrilled to meet Maggie Beer, great cook and writer, TV personality, food producer, terrific grandmother and lovely lady. I was intrigued about her book, ‘Maggie’s Recipe […]

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When will he be free to live and laugh and

Imran Mohammad is 23 years old and a Rohingya refugee who has been in detention on the hellhole of Manus Island since 2013. At Christmas (2017) he was notified to go to Port Moresby to be interviewed by US officials to be included in the Australian-US refugee exchange program.  He is still there waiting for […]


White Ribbon

Morgan Stewart, CEO of Club Taree Golf Club, is a shrewd businessman who has embraced women as his prime customers. He is also a White Ribbon Ambassador.    The White Ribbon campaign began 26 years ago in Canada as a response to the massacre of 14 women. It is a men-led movement to raise awareness […]

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Why private schools should be banned

Elizabeth Farrelly   If I had one wish for Australia it’d be this. Ban private schools. The Turnbull government has been caught hiding funding figures for Catholic schools but it beatsmewhy such funding even exists. Indeed, it beatsmewhy private schools exist. Why they’re even legal.  Private schools don’t necessarily produce bad people, although it’s true […]


Nicole’s Story

A lot of readers would know John (dec) and Coralie Rowsell’s daughter Nicole, who is volunteering at a school and orphanage for children in crisis and at risk in Thailand. She has been volunteering for two years for an Australian organisation called Mercy International which has been doing this work in Thailand for 30 years. […]


Surviving the Women’s Adventure Summit!

I have just attended the first ‘Women’s Adventure Summit’, organised by two local women, Amy Heague and KerryAnn Hayes, who started an adventure magazine, ‘Travel Play Live’.    Going against the online trend, they turned their business into a print magazine, and haven’t looked back. Suitable for women of all fitness levels, who want to […]