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About us


The Manning Valley Project is an initiative of the Mid North Coast Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia, connecting and serving communities in our region.

Uniting Church communities of faith are active in Taree, Chatham, Wingham, Elands, Harrington, Lansdowne and Coopernook.

In partnership with our local communities, we run the always-welcoming Red Dove Cafe in Taree; a thriving Community Garden at Cundletown; and a popular pop-up Op Shop and Community Hub at Coopernook. We offer welfare services at the Manning Uniting Ministry Centre – as well as through like-minded friends including the Wesley Mission Hub (Taree), Uniting Recovery (home-based mental health support), Uniting NDIS, Uniting @ First Steps Count (child and family services), Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services (Wingham) and the Orange Sky Laundry. Our members support a number of community causes and our facilities play host to a diversity of community groups and activities, from AA to U3A.

Our core mission is connecting: connecting people to God; connecting people to people; and connecting people to community.


As a growing 'community of communities', we seek to be hospitable and inclusive:


Exploring spirituality * Encouraging inquiry * Mobilising compassion * Celebrating diversity

Our Minister, Rev. Claire Wright, is based in Taree. Her purpose (and passion) is engaging in creative conversations
with the community; initiating and resourcing community-church partnerships for the common good;
and developing safe 'alternative' spaces and experiences for people of all faith traditions (or none)
to deepen their spiritual journeys. She is a member of the NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network, and is
currently offering a community chaplaincy in the Manning region.

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The Manning Valley Project seeks to work respectfully and mindfully on Biripi land.

We acknowledge the Biripi People as the traditional custodians of this beautiful region, honouring the Elders past, present and emerging.

Yii Biripi Barray  * This is Biripi Country * Gathay Nyiirun Wakulda * Let us all go together as one

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