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 […]



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 […]


Truth, media and Democracy

Virtue and truthfulness in public life is a cornerstone of democracy, or so tradition has it. The idea was well established in US mythology by 1867, when John C. McRae produced his famous engraving.  “Father, I Can Not Tell a Lie: I Cut the Tree”.  Thus spake the young George Washington, first President of the […]


Choose Wisely!

The Minister for local Government, Shelley Hancock, recently announced that due to the Covid 19 outbreaks, the NSW Local Government elections have now been deferred to 4 December 2021. While the announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to many who have been following the spread of the virus throughout Sydney and the central coast and […]

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Shameless Scotty Strikes Out In Pub Test

The momentum is building to make integrity and accountability in government a major, defining issue at the next federal election. It is an important issue that goes to the very heart of the sustainability of our democracy. Scott Morrison is shameless in denying any wrongdoing in the allocation of billions of dollars for blatant political […]

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Reply from Mr Paul DeSzell, MidCoast Council

(This is an edited (for space) reply from Mr Paul DeSzell, MidCoast Council in reply to Dr John Stockard’s letter we published last month regarding the poor council care of The Brush and gardens in Wingham.)  Dear John, As part of my investigation in relation to the matter, I have personally inspected the site in […]


NSW Audit Office Slams MCC

In a recently released Report by the NSW Audit Office on 27 May 2021, entitled “Report on Local Government 2020”,  MidCoast Council came in for considerable criticism for its reporting in the 2018/19  Financial Statements. The current Report updates the original Audited Reports issued to Councils back 2019, and rather embarrassingly slams MidCoast Council under […]



Australian Democracy is fading fast, with little care on the part of the LNP and MSM or realisation on the part of Labor. It was John Howard who locked refugees in concentration camps in the desert. It was John Howard who curled his lip and sneered we, meaning himself, will decide who comes to Australia. […]


Wingham Brush Nature Reserve Vegetation Management

LETTER TO PAUL DeSZELL – Director Liveable Communities Yalawanyi Ganya, Taree. “This morning at 10:20, my wife and I were driving from our residence into town and noticed two Council vehicles parked near the Isabella Street entrance to the Wingham Brush Nature Reserve (closed due to flood damage) with a pole-chainsaw being used to cut […]



WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18, 2021 2BOB community radio station invites candidates for the Midcoast Council election to be held on Saturday September 4th to register for their “Meet the Candidates” evening.  This will be conducted in the Manning Entertainment Centre (MEC) on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.                      […]


The sleeper election issue that could bite Morrison and Albanese

Scott Morrison has rightly followed the science and medical advice in responding to COVID-19. If his government hadn’t closed our borders, and the states hadn’t enforced lockdowns and social distancing, imagine the catastrophe. The Prime Minister quantified it recently when he said Australia had avoided 30,000 COVID deaths. That compares with the 910 deaths caused […]


“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 […]