Fast food not to shire’s taste

SMALL business owners are breathing a sigh of relief after Mornington Peninsula Shire Council knocked back plans to build a large convenience store on a busy corner site at Safety Beach. The council ...

Candidates debate on social media

THE 43 candidates lining up for the 11 seats on Mornington Peninsula Shire have little opportunity for physical interaction with voters, making this the first election that may be decided in large pa...

Heritage makeover at Mt Eliza

PLANS have been unveiled to transform a 3.41-hectare site at Mount Eliza into a $160 million “retirement community” called Beachleigh. Australian-owned developer Hengyi Pacific last year bought the 3...

Thieves trash search dogs’ depot

THIEVES who broke into a shipping container at Crib Point last week stole specialist equipment used to train search and rescue dogs. They also vandalised other equipment causing an overall loss of $3...

Shire zoning ‘makes no sense’: mayor

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is pressing the state government to classify it as a region – and not part of metropolitan Melbourne – to liberate it from the stage four coronavirus restrictions. The shir...

Grand new lease of life

THE leasehold of Mornington’s landmark Grand Hotel has been sold for an undisclosed sum. The changing of the guard comes after long-time owner and businessman Bernie Taylor died in November. Mr Taylo...

Plea to curb drug overdose toll

FRANKSTON had 71 unintentional overdose deaths between 2014 and 2018, making it the third highest of any Victorian region. The Mornington Peninsula, with 50 recorded deaths, was fifth on the list of ...

Pandemic’s violent complication

ELDER abuse, an insidious stablemate of family violence, is rampant on the Mornington Peninsula during these strained days of COVID-19. With Victoria’s second highest population of elderly people, th...

Councils unite on homeless moves

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is one of 13 councils representing two million residents in Melbourne’s east and south east lobbying for more social housing to “end homelessness”. Their focus was informed...

Beach box fire ‘deliberate’

POLICE believe a fire which destroyed a beach box at Rosebud early last Friday (11 September) may have been deliberately lit. Rosebud police said the 3am blaze at beach box number 80 near Adams Avenu...