‘Corruption’ hearings closed

PUBLIC hearings being undertaken by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) into allegations of serious corrupt conduct concerning planning decisions at Casey Council, will be c...

Centrelink rally cancelled

Organisers have called off next Wednesday’s rally to stop the closure of the Mornington Centrelink and Medibank offices because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The rally was scheduled to be held outside th...

Verdict yet to be noted on country ‘noise’

THE jury is still out on the precautions taken to make sure nearby residents were not disturbed by noise from a country music festival held last Sunday at The Briars, Mount Martha. Following complain...

‘Endangered’ wine turned into turtles

IT may sound a bit biblical, but a Mornington Peninsula wine is being turned into turtles. The wine is labelled “endangered” and some of its sales profits are helping turtles survive in North Queensl...

‘Special benefit’ will determine road bill

PROPERTY owners will be billed for safety works at the intersection of Pottery and Jones roads, Somerville. Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors have authorised a special charge scheme to help pay ...

‘Emergency’ issues may hit port

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s declaration of a “climate emergency” may put it on a collision course with both state and federal governments over the Port of Hastings. Two significant moves made by the...

Forum to focus on koala survival, animal hospital

A RANGE of measures are being proposed to protect endangered wildlife on the Mornington Peninsula. While the focus is on the welfare of the dwindling number of koalas on the peninsula, the state gove...

The art of painting from memory

IT was 11 or 12 years ago that Ron Farnill was told he could expect to live “about another two and a half years”. Not one to give up on enjoying life so easily, Farnill decided to “paint, instead of ...

‘Expert’ to probe Martha Cove

AN “external planning expert” is being hired to review all permits relating to the development of Martha Cove at Safety Beach. The audit of the $650 million housing and marina project will go back 20...

Conviction behind Portsea’s name

LITTLE did the judge know when sentencing a 19-year-old farm labourer to spend years in Britain’s Van Dieman’s land penal colony that his actions would have a profound effect on as yet unnamed town o...