Woodland protected

AN independent planning panel has recommended minimum lot sizes of 2000 square metres in Mt Eliza’s Wood­land precinct and 1300sqm on street corners. For almost a decade, the shire has been trying to...

Snarls over luxury kennels

TEN landowners in a section of Bungower Rd, Moorooduc, will share their rural idyll with more than 65 dogs if the shire council approves an application from a veterinarian. The vet is asking the coun...

Devilbend open but doubts remain

DEVILBEND Reserve was officially opened on Saturday, but the battle between environmentalists, government and fishing groups is far from over. Parks Victoria’s newest reserve was opened by Water Mini...

Cars go in two attacks

DELIBERATELY lit fires wrecked two cars and damaged a third in Hastings early Saturday morning. The cars were torched within two hours of each other, although police have been unable to link the crim...

Killing snakes is a risky business

PEOPLE trying to kill snakes are risking injury, says a Mornington Peninsula professional snake catcher. Barry Goldsmith of Mornington-based Snakes and Wildlife Control has been called out to eight p...

Late bid to move water HQ

MEMBERS of two influential community groups say fast-tracking the move by South East Water to Frankston could add to the woes of Frankston MP Geoff Shaw. They are targeting Mr Shaw in their 11th hour...

Fig tree rescue $750,000 plus

THE new Frankston Council was confronted by a thorny problem at its first meeting in Thursday night – how to save one of the city’s iconic trees. A problem solved 10 years ago has come back to haunt ...

Rosebud 2100 flood risk

TOWNS and suburbs on Port Phillip including Rosebud and McCrae could be submerged by coastal flooding combined with heavy rain events by the end of the century, says an unpublished confidential repor...

Early warning ends worm harvest

SHIRE council officers last Thursday brought an enterprising extractive industry at Balnarring Beach to an abrupt halt. The first site to come to a standstill was the foreshore and later a small rese...