Flare up mars plant’s anniversary

FLAMES and thick black smoke pouring from chimneys at ESSO’s Long Island Point fractionation plant at Hastings followed a plant malfunction on Monday 21 September. Plant manager David McCord said the...

Cages for catching island’s feral cats

CAGE traps are being used to help eradicate feral cats on French Island. The aim is to create a safe haven for hundreds of species of birds, marsupials and endangered native animals on the island whi...

Ute seized again

SOMERVILLE Highway Patrol members driving a vehicle equipped with automatic number plate recognition last week tracked down a Frankston man in Brunel Road, Seaford, for the second time this year. The...

Tools stolen

TRADIES have been hard hit in the Balnarring area, with thieves stealing more than $17,000 worth of tools overnight, Monday 21 September. Detective Senior Sergeant Al Paxton, of Somerville CIU, said ...

Charges after crash

A SAFETY Beach man has been interviewed by police and released pending summons following a “serious” car crash at Baxter, 6.30pm, Sunday 20 September. The man, 43, was driving a Holden Caprice which ...

Extending 5G on the peninsula

TELSTRA has switched on 5G sites at Somerville and Cape Schanck. “We’re pushing ahead with the roll out of Telstra 5G and we’re reaching more and more people with the next generation of mobile techno...

ANZ withdraws from Mt Eliza

THE ANZ bank is moving out of Mount Eliza. The branch, which closed in March, is believed to have been in Mount Eliza Way for the past 40 years. The bank’s general manager for Victoria and Tasmania M...

Artists work to oppose AGL gas plan

AN exhibition to raise awareness of the campaign to stop AGL’s proposed gas import terminal from being built at Crib Point will run 3-25 October. Art is in our Nature includes the work of 54 artists ...

Closing in on island’s final 100 feral cats

THE federal government has given $335,000 to help eradicate the estimated 100 feral cats remaining on French Island. About 1100 feral cats have already been removed from the island but their total er...

Wall collapse leaves fishers high and dry

THE collapse of the steel cofferdam around the new Hastings boat ramp has thrown the reopening of fishing into jeopardy. Work to complete potentially the busiest ramp in Western Port, which started 2...