LocalMoneyPolitics

MILKING OUR WATER

When the Government decided to merge Midcoast Water with MCC it was claimed that it would save the Midcoast Water some $2.4m per year mainly due to the merging of the backroom functions. Well the reality is that in the period from 01/07/2015 to 30/06/2019 the Administration costs have increased from $185.19 per property to […]

EnvironmentLegalPolitics

WHAT’S A TREE WORTH? LOGGING OR LIFE?

Bulldozers destroy 500,000 hectares of forest every year.An area the size of the MCG is bulldozed every two minutes in Australia. Logging poisons our soil and water, suffocates the Great Barrier Reef, kills wildlife, drains our carbon budget, and leaves our towns, cities and suburbs hotter and less liveable.  If we want to protect our […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM THE BIDEN PRESIDENCY

Joe Biden is the most “elected” president in US history, having won not only the November 3 2020 election but also many court challenges which have reaffirmed the election result. The January 6 formal announcement of his election victory was marred by one of the worst acts of violence in Washington DC history, when the […]

BooksEnvironmentPolitics

WHAT IS TO BE DONE

– Political Engagement and Saving the Planet Barry Jones  Scribe  Rrp $35.00 Part 2. Jones is puzzled that “there appears to be an inverse relationship between the number of graduates in parliament and the quality of political debate…it is now impossible to get a straight answer to a question, whether asked in parliament and the […]

Beyond the ValleyPeoplePolitics

AGED CARE…UNDER A CLOUD??

The inquiry into Aged Care muddles along. But for anyone anywhere in Australia who has a loved one in care… clouds and complaints still hover. Sadly, it took a pandemic and many lonely and unnecessary deaths to shine a small beam of light into some very dark rooms. It is notable that the generation most […]

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 […]

BooksEnvironmentPolitics

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 […]

MediaPolitics

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 […]