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 […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

FAITHFUL MORRISON SAYS ONE THING BUT DOES ANOTHER

John Hewson It is important our politicians have and operate with principles, values and beliefs, but consistency of words and deeds is fundamental if they are to be believed and trusted.  Australians have become wary of politicians who spruik morals, principles and religion but then fail conspicuously to live what they claim to believe. Prime […]

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MCC GM Re-appointed!

At the MidCoast Council Meeting of 24 March, after only being in the position for 2 years and 9 months, General Manager, Adrian Panuccio, was re-appointed for a five year term commencing from 29 March 2021, with a salary package increase to $430,000.  Not a bad increase from his starting salary package of $350,000. One […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

DEFAMATION A TWO WAY STREET

Under our current laws of defamation one needs to prove, not just the truth of what one actually says, or writes, but of the ‘imputations’ of what is said or written – and generally, it is the plaintiff who gets to decide what those imputations are. And, under our current defamation laws (due to be […]

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WATER WATER EVERYWHERE… BUT SOON NOT A DROP TO DRINK??

Do we need to hit the pause button to rethink where our local future is headed? Sometimes we see splashy local newspaper articles about new developments to “enhance our area, attract new families” to move here.  And if you look more carefully you may find in the classified section or back pages, or buried on […]

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ARE OUR COUNCIL RATES GOING UP… AGAIN?

It seems ratepayers will receive a double whammy in the next financial year when rates go up. Again. And not only by that 5% Special Rate Variation (SRV) which was introduced to pay the interest on loans which Council was supposed to be taking out as part of its 50% contribution to the stalling $100 […]

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Environmental activists agree The future is now!

MidCoast Council residents and ratepayers cannot wait for another consultation or survey when it comes to the environment, sustainable practices and social justice.  Longtime activists and concerned citizens gathered at the Manning Valley Uniting Church on Saturday, March 13 to participate in a grassroots process to determine the most urgent regional issues facing our local […]

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Important Public Announcement

EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE MidCoast Councillor, Peter Epov, is currently conducting preliminary investigations into running as a Candidate at the 2021 MidCoast Council Elections on 4 September.  Peter is inviting expressions of interest and or support (and comments), from persons who would like to either participate and / or assist a potential Group which Peter may form […]

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WE GET NO SAY IN WHO’S OUR MAYOR!

The NSW Electoral Commission has recently commenced publishing information regarding the Local Government Elections scheduled for 4 September 2021, and a key feature is that there will be no popularly elected Mayor at MidCoast Council.  The proclamation which created the amalgamated MidCoast Council stipulated that for the “first election” the Mayor would be elected by […]

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PM MAKES A MOCKERY OF “DUE PROCESS.”

The cant from our “can do” Prime Minister concerning the necessity for “due process” in considering serious allegations affecting our Attorney-General is breathtaking in its hypocrisy.  The principal premise on which he relies is our much vaunted common-law system – which for hundreds of years did absolutely nothing to protect the most fundamental rights of […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

THE GREAT FACEBOOK SHOOT-OUT.

The great Facebook shoot-out is not over.  The six-guns may be back in the holsters, but Facebook has made it clear it is not shucking its shell on the ground.  News pages may have been restored, but Facebook reserves the right again to shut down news feeds.   The government made some concessions and, finally […]

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Councillor Jan McWilliams Bows Out

Former Great Lakes Mayor, MidCoast Councillor and Tuncurry resident Jan McWilliams has announced she is retiring from MidCoast Council after 26 years of public service. ‘It’s time,’ she says. ‘I’d like to thank my General Managers over the years -Gerry McDonagh, Keith O’Leary and Glenn Handford , along with former Great Lakes Mayor John Chadban […]