Plan to build trail’s ‘missing link’

PLANS are being drawn up to fill in the missing links on the Bay Trail between Dromana and McCrae. Cyclists are forced to leave the trail at the busiest time of the year because of caravans on the fo...

Western Port low in toxicants: report

TOXIC substances such as heavy me­tals, hydrocarbons, pesticides and anti-foulants appear to be low in Western Port, says one of five new reports commissioned by Melbourne Water. The reports are part...

Land move for core part of port planning

SOIL samples and surveys began this week on land likely to be used for the planned expansion of the Port of Hastings. The 30 drilling sites are just north of Hastings within the BlueScope Steel area ...

Green light for trade training centre

WORK on a long-awaited trade training centre at Western Port Secondary College is set to begin within three months after the federal government signed off on $1.1 million for the project. Flinders MP...

Pen Link carries 20 million in first year

MORE than 20 million trips have been made on Peninsula Link freeway since it opened just over a year ago. The freeway has been credited with a big jump in the number of tourists staying on the penins...

Second navy ship hitches a ride from Spain

THE world’s second-largest semi-submersible transport ship MV Blue Marlin steamed through The Heads into Port Phillip early on Friday morning carrying the newest vessel of the Royal Australian Navy. ...

Call to arms to monitor plastic threat

A NEW wave of micro-sized plastic pollutant is finding its way into Port Phillip in ever-increasing volumes, sparking growing concern among environmental watchdogs who warn urgent monitoring and rese...

Free dinners for needy

WHILE Mornington’s hotels, cafes and restaurants are often overflowing with patrons, the town has a hidden army of hungry people. Virtually unseen are the hundreds of people being fed through voucher...

Funnyman on a mission

SEEING satirist, comedian and actor John Clarke standing in the mangroves of Western Port at Hastings, you naturally enough expect a sardonic comment. Perhaps something about the odour of the mud at ...