Rate changes a ‘fairer’ system – mayor

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has dropped the municipal charge in favour of a waste service charge which it says will ensure a “fairer redistribution of the rate burden”. The mayor Cr Graham Pittock sai...

School back on time – principal

THE principal of Red Hill Consolidated School was confidant late last week that the school would reopen on time on Monday. In a letter to parents Leanne Marshall said the Department of Health and Hum...

Shire asked to clear Martha Cove plans

PLANS have been unveiled to complete a major piece of the Martha Cove marina and residential jigsaw puzzle-like development at Safety Beach. Known as the Martha Cove Village Centre, the 6.4 hectare s...

Bigger plans for shire’s ‘super’ ward

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s Red Hill ward may encompass more than half the municipality, if proposals put forward by the Victorian Electoral Commission are adopted. The VEC’s review of ward boundari...

Bay crossing goes overboard for entertainment

PASSENGERS on the final ferry for the day on Tuesday were entertained by a pod of dolphins swimming alongside the vessel and leaping from its bow waves. Researchers believe the dolphins’ “bow riding”...

Artist with internationally recognised borders

ENGRAVER Perry Fletcher found his niche in the art world after completing a five-month tour of Vietnam during his two years as a national service conscript, or Nasho. Now living in Mt Martha, Fletche...

Plover protectors take dogs’ side

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is under pressure to set aside more leash-free areas before dogs are banned from beaches between Flinders and Point Nepean. The total ban on dogs on beaches within the Morn...

Inspiration found in power of the surf

HARNESSING energy is the key to a successful day of surfing at Point Leo: people power and wave power. Saturday 5 March was overcast all morning; there was a small swell and southerly winds. Not the ...

No lack of conversation on Western Port cruise

DEMAND for berths has been so great that organisers have arranged another cruise. There’s no captain’s table or, indeed, individual berths, let alone showers, bars and swimming pools. But at $10 a he...

Wife’s art behind doctor’s ongoing legacy

IT’S been nearly a year since Richard John died. His death was no surprise to those close to him, his family and many friends. Having been diagnosed with a virulent form of brain cancer the previous ...