Tourist hordes hide ‘economic downturn’

AS tens of thousands of holidaymakers descend on the Mornington Peninsula over summer, official statistics show record numbers of residents are out of work. While locals may appear to be on holidays,...

Splashing around for a blessing

THE audience on top of Rye pier ducked the splashes as more than a dozen sets of arms and legs flailed around in the water below, scrambling for a piece of timber tossed into their midst by a man wea...

Labor goes quiet over port plans

DESPITE the new state government’s apparent lack of enthusiasm to build a major container terminal at Hastings, Liberal MP Neale Burgess maintains the port expansion will go ahead. He believes the La...

Highway black spot ‘needs traffic lights’

MT Eliza’s Nepean Highway and Tower Rd intersection needs traffic lights or turn restrictions to make it safer, says resident and former shire councillor Leigh Eustace. Mr Eustace and other residents...

Mayor’s fire alarm

MORNINGTON Peninsula residents and visitors have been warned to be ready with bushfire survival plans. The warning from the mayor Cr Bev Colomb followed a 120 hectare blaze at Hastings that razed muc...

$2.2m for Rosebud beach

IT’S four and a half years since hundreds of sandbags were placed on Rosebud beach next to the jetty to protect the eroding foreshore as well as sand brought in to replace the eroded beach. The damag...

Raw milk warning after peninsula toddler death

THE death of a Mornington Peninsula child after drinking raw cow’s milk has prompted Frankston and Mornington Peninsula health officers to visit retailers suspected of selling the product. Frankston ...

Plane ‘too close for comfort’

A NEAR-miss between a light plane attempting to land at Tyabb airfield and a car on the Mornington-Tyabb Rd is being investigated by Peninsula Aero Club. The incident on Saturday night last week was ...

Cars torched in early morning blaze

THE proprietor of a Hastings car yard burgled and torched early on Saturday morning says he has “no idea” who is behind the attack. Gerry Marciny, who has owned Longbeach Autos in Marine Pde for four...

Finance man the new CEO

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillors have dipped into the world of business finance rather than local government to find the shire’s new CEO. The appointment of Carl Cowie, who was born and educate...