Visa delays see mayor miss China trade trip

MORNINGTON Peninsula mayor Cr Graham Pittock abandoned a trade mission to China last month after it became too hard to arrange a visa. Cr Pittock said the shire “lost” $1500 on flight bookings in the...

Plumbing depths to find shark beat

A KEEN surfer, Kent Stannard has a fascination with sharks. He never misses a news report on the latest shark attack and is always trying to discover the circumstances surrounding the incident. When ...

Shire told to make councillor repay costs

Mornington Peninsula Shire officers have been instructed to seek repayment of thousands of dollars alleged to have been overspent by Cr Antonella Celi. In an at times fiery debate, councillors last w...

Uni reserves a place at Pt Nepean

THE state government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Melbourne University to establish a marine research centre in part of the heritage listed former quarantine station despite a master...

Art wall reality for Galaxy not far away

WHILE officialdom tries to draw a line under the spread of graffiti, private enterprise has its own way of dealing with paint splattered walls. David and Anita Hilet of Hastings-based printing firm G...

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”...