Opinion

Editorial: Review of Councillor’s Gag

TONIGHT Councillor Sue Abbott will put forward a change to Council’s media policy to once again allow Councillors to express their own views publicly. Currently the media policy precludes Councillors expressing their opinions, positions or even speaking to the media on any matter without the express permission of the Mayor or general manager. Councillors are […]



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Editorial: System a Cruel Joke

Mark “Bones” Curtis is an incredibly tenacious person waiting for housing for three years and it is difficult to comprehend a housing bureaucracy could be more restrictive to him than the challenges cerebral palsy throws at him everyday. See related story: Left Waiting and Worsening. Our tax dollars are supposed to be well spent helping […]



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Editorial: Coronial Everyone’s Business

A benefit of living in a small country town can be the strong sense of community, but a downside I’ve observed while reporting on many matters is people’s reluctance to ‘get involved’ when there is an issue. But an investigation into the deaths of two of our community members deserves the whole community to get […]



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Editorial: Last Hurdle for Sheep Farmers

IT is rare to be able to rally private industry and a swag of government departments to agree on a workable solution for the devastating wild dog problem, but that is exactly what local sheep farmers have been able to achieve. But Craig Murphy, chair of the Hunter Valley Combined Wild Dog Group, said the […]



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Letter: Time to Assess Properly

Council followed its DES Committee advice in Deferring this matter. It needs to use this time well to discover why the wonderful old pub must be carefully kept, and the homes next door to it as well. We can only wonder how this has been allowed to get so far. The Old Court Theatre, our […]



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Editorial: Mayeight!!!!

TALK of changing the date of Australia Day seems to be causing some people to become highly emotional and when you break it down I’m really not sure why. First and foremost there will still be a public holiday and what could be more Australian than that? Secondly, everyone agrees there will still be Australia […]



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