Drive to rid golf courses of rabbits

AS any good punter knows, it’s par for the course that all winning streaks come to an end. And so it is for the rabbits living in and around the two 18-hole golf courses and gated communities at Pepp...

Rat’s online creation to help wildlife

CELEBRATIONS of the Chinese New Year have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak and declaration of a global health emergency, but symbols that point towards a prosperous, healthy year are still e...

In-house inquiry may lead to ‘transparency’

THE investigation into planning decisions involving three Mornington-based planning and development companies could “potentially encourage [the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission] to ...

Green light for ‘first shot’ project

IT is not remembered as the shot that was heard around the world, but the firing of a gun at Fort Nepean on 5 August 1914 is acknowledged as being the first shot of World War I. The firing of the Vic...

Shire wants more power under planning laws

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is taking the lead role in pressing the state government to make it easier for municipalities to enforce planning and environment regulations. Under the Planning and Enviro...

Hunt on side with sports grants

FLINDERS MP Greg Hunt has sailed into a storm of controversy over grants handed out to sporting groups and clubs in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election. Calls are being made for his colleague, t...

‘Thrill-seekers’ pose risks for estuary

WILDLIFE is being threatened by the artificial opening of the entrance to the Balcombe Estuary at Mt Martha. Estuary wildlife has adapted to a natural cycle of flooding as the sandy barrier at the en...

Shire wants final say on land use

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire wants to protect the peninsula’s “unique landscape” by having the power to decide how much land is set aside for and commercial and industrial purposes. The shire says proj...

Recognising the value of wetlands

SWAMPS and low-lying areas were once seen as a blot on the landscape, fit only to be drained. But the ecological importance of wetlands is well documented and has been recognised for decades, so much...

Climate activists ready for arrest

TWO groups operating on the Mornington Peninsula are part of a global movement seeking government action to counter climate change. XR Westernport and XR Mornington are part of the British-based Exti...