EnvironmentLocalPolitics

DEATH OF A TREE… AGAIN

The brutal amputation to kill a wonderful old rainforest tree, carefully planted and landscaped by a forbear of Wingham at least 70 years ago, which was reduced to a stump is tragic to see.   Yet again some of Council’s “rip ‘em up Joe” team of grave trashers and killers of cypress trees at the […]

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What is to be Done – Political Engagement and Saving

Book Review Barry JonesScribe Rrp $35.00 In his preface, Jones lists “the four horsemen of the apocalypse that threaten humanity: . . . population growth exacerbated by per capita resource use; climate change; pandemics; and racism and state violence.”  The lead horse is population, which pandemics might reign in.  The latter two horses are mostly […]

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A FOWL-ED MESS AGAIN.

Memo to Councillor Troy Fowler:  In the Council meeting on Zoom November 18 2020 you yet again made a false accusation against this paper concerning the draft financial statement saying that “the local Manning Community News is telling the public that 33 million dollars was missing…. if so the auditor didn’t see it as he […]

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 […]

EnvironmentPolitics

GLADYS GIVES WITH ONE HAND THEN TAKES WITH THE OTHER…

Some Manning Community News readers have asked what is happening with the logging in Bulga Forest?   The local community recently found evidence that at least two Koalas  had survived the bushfires which had burned all around them. The good news is that they have been given a one year reprieve! After weeks of frantic […]

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ARTS FUNDING TO NSW SLASHED

It’s bad enough in the cities, but now the NSW Government has decided to withdraw funding for Regional Arts NSW over the next two years.  This means that funds will disappear for Art and cultural projects like those under the umbrella of Arts Mid North Coast.   We asked for a comment from some of […]

Politics

INGTEGRITY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION NEEDED MORE THAN EVER

The case for a truly independent, federal Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission is beyond question – yes, the focus must be on both integrity and anti-corruption. If, in today’s COVID world, we could do a “pub test”, the message would undoubtedly be that people simply can’t understand why the major parties haven’t got together and established […]

Politics

“WATCH” THIS SPACE

As Scott Morrison’s outrage slid seamlessly from Christine Holgate’s Cartier  watches to Qatar’s intrusive body searches, the Prime Minister could well have been grateful for the distraction, because he had received some seriously bad news. And the worst of it was, that most of the rest of us would have regarded it as good news, […]

LocalPolitics

NO GREENING AND NATS ON THE NOSE – WE’RE IN

As if there wasn’t enough bad news around, Council has put on hold a greening strategy for our electorate unlike so many smarter councils, and our koalas are, it seems to the National Party, standing in the way of “progress” while our fearless leader is hell-bent on re-purposing federally funded agencies away from renewables to […]

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SCOTT MORRISON’S GAS PLAN IS AN ARROGANT, IRRESPONSIBLE DISASTER

John Hewson These days, the only commercial role for new gas projects is for small-scale back up.  The only rival to the arrogance of Morrison’s gas-led recovery strategy is its irresponsibility. So much for evidence-based policy as a foundation for good, responsible government. There is no evidence to support the expansion of gas-fired generation in […]

EnvironmentPolitics

THE ENERGY COMMONS

Ashley DawsonWe need a rapid and just transition beyond fossil fuels. We are only going to get such a transition if we can wrench control of our energy systems out of the hands of profit-seeking corporations with a strong stake in continuing business as usual.  The struggle for democratic control over energy production, distribution, and […]

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$33 MILLION? WHO’S COUNTING?

We are. For the third year running MidCoast Council has again struggled to complete its end of year Financial Statements on time.  At the 9 September Council Meeting the Corporate Services Division authorised by Director Steve Embry, presented the 2019/20 ‘Draft’ Financial Statements to Council to sign off on for Audit by the NSW Auditor […]