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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 […]

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THE LIGHT ON THE HILL IS FAST FADING

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. […]

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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 […]

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2BOB’S MEET THE COUNCIL CANDIDATES

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.                      […]

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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 […]

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“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 […]