It’s local government that affects our lives!

‘The role of local government is absolutely fundamental. Federal and state governments are obviously important, but most of the decisions that affect the day to day lives of Australians are made at the local level.’ Professor Brian Burdekin AO. One never knows who is living around the corner in our electorate.   So it was a […]



Talk about digging your own grave! Boy, did MidCoast Council get it horribly wrong! We were first contacted by a visitor from Sydney, who  came to visit their relative buried in the Bight Cemetery, and was first to see the start of the devastation of the gravestones.   I rang Mr Paul  De Szell MidCoast […]


Masters Petition Debated In Parliament. . . To No Avail

The Masters Petition containing over 11,000 signatures opposing the proposed centralisation of MidCoast Council’s operations to the Masters warehouse in Taree costing over $47 Million was discussed in the NSW Legislative Assembly on 8th August. Sponsored by the No MidCoast Council Move to Masters Group, signatures were collected primarily from two locations by a handful […]


Mungo’s musings

Scott Morrison is not too keen on history When it comes to politics – or at least the politics of the Liberal Party, which to him is all that matters – history began with his election as Prime Minister. Everything that happened before then, and especially in the three years before then, is utterly irrelevant […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

Our Press – Fragile and Not So Free

Our Prime Minister assures us that the AFP raids of last week had absolutely nothing to do with him. Well, of course not – he and his government are never responsible for anything.  As the economy staggers towards recession – tanking growth, moribund wages, rising unemployment and massive under employment, consumer  spending falling away, national […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics


A breakdown of who won and who lost.  NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, won an historic victory, against significant odds to become the first sitting female Premier to lead a political party to be re-elected to Government in NSW. For the moment, let’s put aside her destruction of Sydney and its heritage buildings, trees, and space, […]


Independent Candidate Jeremy Miller . . .

A strong local member, focussed on local needs, can help people navigate government services and departments, help local groups take their issues to ministers and bring a profile to promote the region to businesses, tourists and investors. My commitment – I know that climate change is real and we need sensible policies to deal with […]



We need a CHANGE! Not necessarily in the Government of the day, but in the way we are governed. Politicians have become the slaves of their Party, in many cases led by self interest rather than the interests of Australia.  Do most politicians go into politics wanting to make a difference?  If so they then […]


Mr Phillip John COSTA

Parliamentary Service Position Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly Member for Wollondilly Minister for Rural Affairs Minister for Regional Development Minister for Water Minister for Corrective Services Member, Standing Committee on Parliamentary Privilege and Ethics Chair, Standing Committee on Broadband in Rural and Regional Communities Community Activity Volunteer Member, Lakesland Volunteer Rural Fire Service (joined […]