More protection for ‘unique’ swamp

NEW boundaries have been adopted for the Tootgarook Wetlands, along with protective buffer zones and an environmental significance overlay. The wetland – home to 160 species of permanent and mi...

Beaches a battleground for fees and charges

SOME of the Mornington Peninsula most idyllic beaches have become an unlikely battleground between beach box owners and shire councillors. The councillors want to increase annual licence fees for bea...

Gathering time to publish rhyme

MANY words have been spoken in McCrae on Sunday nights between March and November over the past three years. The words, strung together in rhyme to create a rhythm, belong to a group of people collec...

Gas rig in bay for repairs

THE 21,000-tonne gas rig Ocean Monarch is anchored for maintenance between Cowes and Observation Point, Phillip Island. The 107-metre-long rig was towed into Western Port last Tuesday (21 May) aftern...

Higher ruling sought on holy hour

PENINSULA Aero Club is blaming “a small noisy anti-airport lobby group” for making it observe a “holy hour” ban on flying. The 9.30am-10.30am restriction on Sunday take-offs and landings from the Tya...

Traps for straying cats

A QUICK fix solution is being offered to property owners annoyed by straying cats. Mornington Peninsula Shire has a new four-step system to reduce the number of cats prowling outside their owners’ pr...

Team sets its sights on Lospalos

FORMER Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors Tim Rodgers and Graham Pittock have been taking lessons in how to repair and fit spectacles. Rather than looking for a new career, the pair are part of a...

Wetlands key to safety of long range avian aviators

THE Arctic Circle may be a long way from Western Port, but activities this far south have an important role to play fort birds that annually fly between these two areas. Boats and other watercraft in...

Hunt safe again in Flinders

LIBERAL Greg Hunt easily retained his seat of Flinders in Saturday’s federal election. Mr Hunt’s seventh win in a row helped the Scott Morrison-led Liberal National Coalition regain government for a ...

Penguins will return to their island home

TWO little penguins are having a short stay at Melbourne Zoo before being returned to their Phillip Island home. The two birds were collected from a Greenvale house north of Melbourne Department of E...