Free speech and talking about terrorism

LAST week’s episode of Q&A on the ABC was a disastrous affair with far-reaching consequences. The media furore that followed is difficult to summarise – a microcosm of our national debate, born o...

Stony Point line open

TRAINS will return to the Stony Point rail line today (30 June). Passenger services between Stony Point and Frankston have been suspended since early April due to technical problems which saw boom ga...

Signing to end ‘village’ plans

AN online petition has been launched against proposed retirement village at Somerville even though it has been knocked back by Mornington Peninsula Shire. The proposed development, at 16 Graf Rd and ...

Dredge threat to Heads if port lease goes ahead

PORT Phillip Heads will have to be widened and deepened with a massive project that will make the controversial 2008-09 dredging pale into insignificance if the state government goes ahead with a 70-...

Merricks centre first over the line for horses

NO doubt it will go unremarked on by horses, but a new equestrian centre at Merricks has overcome all odds and won a major architecture award. The winner of Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award in the commerc...

Skylift turns in a bright sky blue

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillors last week agreed to the Skylift gondolas at Arthurs Seat being painted a bright blue. Cr Tim Wood, a retired County Court judge, argued that councillors had “no...

A bloomin’ marvellous award

MORNINGTON Botanical Rose Gardens’ volunteers can take a bow. Their efforts have been acknowledged by an Award of Garden Excellence from judges at the 17th World Rose Convention in Lyon, France. The ...

Music camp sounds alive

By Alexandra Dellaportas THE Briars came alive with the sounds of American Pie and I Dreamed a Dream last week as 150 children from across the peninsula celebrated the 31st annual Southern Peninsula ...

Knitted gifts for Nepal

A YOUNG girl who suggested her family help raise money for victims of the Nepalese earthquake is thrilled with the result. Isabelle Stanley, 7, was “overwhelmed” by the $175 earned selling knitted sc...

Shaw makes head lines, again

FORMER Frankston MP Geoff Shaw has re-emerged in a job after politics. The ex-politician, who became embroiled in numerous high-profile incidents during his at times controversial four-year term as F...