Need to save, not pave, paradise

COMMENT By David Gill MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is trying to avoid the state government’s rate cap plan by using special charge schemes. These are schemes where landowners pay what amounts to de fac...

MP’s office a drawcard for protests

COMMENT THE Hastings office of Flinders MP Greg Hunt was again “occupied” and under siege on Friday by environmentalists concerned by the federal government’s pro-coal policies. As Environment Minist...

Hearing adjourned over Hastings fire

A HASTINGS businessman last week faced Frankston Magistrates’ Court charged with failing to extinguish a fire in the open on Wednesday 31 December last year. Alan Duke, of A&A Worm Farm Waste Sys...

Friends in bid to fix wetlands

COMMUNITY lobby group Save Tootgarook Swamp has filed an application in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to carry out native revegetation works in a part of the swamp that VCAT ordered...

Council knocks back Tully’s wine outlet

THE owner of Tully’s Corner Produce Store on the Moorooduc Highway, Moorooduc, was not a happy man when he left the council chamber in Rosebud on Monday last week. Frank Brancatisano wanted the...

Barney makes himself right at home

JACK Russell-cross Barney is still right at home with his master, Alex Downs, even though they are living in aged care. And that companionship is doing both of them the world of good. They live at Pe...

Search uncovers seniors’ ‘treasure’

MONEY left over when Rye Senior Citizens Club disbanded 10 years ago will likely go to Rye Beach Community Centre. The existence of a big pot of money, about $60,000, was revealed in late 2012 when N...

Early flow savings for sewage system

SOUTH East Water has finished its southern peninsula sewage system 12 months ahead of schedule and $100 million under budget. The state government authority says it is a win for the environment and i...

Beware: con men on the move

THE state government is warning Victorians about a coming spike in the number of dodgy door-to-door tradespeople trying to rip off people. Consumer affairs minister Jane Garrett said summer was the p...

Heritage hold-up for skaters ‘80s style’ park

CONSTRUCTION of the long-promised skate park at Mt Martha is on hold while Heritage Victoria assesses a master plan for the historic parade grounds near Mt Martha House. The plan drawn up by Morningt...