Bike jumps now an election issue

KIDS were out in the fresh air, using their initiative, having fun, and letting off steam last week on improvised bike ramps – but some people saw their antics as vandalism of a public park and leavi...

Pro-airfield candidates want state to act

FIVE candidates in this month’s Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections have signed a petition calling on the state government to reject changes to planning regulations affecting Tyabb Airfield....

Patrols after monkey bike riders

MORE free time due to COVID-19 restrictions has led to people venturing into the great outdoors – some on illegal monkey bikes. Southern peninsula police are determined to curb the numbers of unlicen...

Landslip closes Esplanade

STORMWATER run-off is being blamed for a landslip which closed the Esplanade at Mount Martha last week. The scenic, two-lane road was closed between Bradford and Ellerina roads after about 2200 cubic...

Fast food not to shire’s taste

SMALL business owners are breathing a sigh of relief after Mornington Peninsula Shire Council knocked back plans to build a large convenience store on a busy corner site at Safety Beach. The council ...

Candidates debate on social media

THE 43 candidates lining up for the 11 seats on Mornington Peninsula Shire have little opportunity for physical interaction with voters, making this the first election that may be decided in large pa...

Heritage makeover at Mt Eliza

PLANS have been unveiled to transform a 3.41-hectare site at Mount Eliza into a $160 million “retirement community” called Beachleigh. Australian-owned developer Hengyi Pacific last year bought the 3...

Thieves trash search dogs’ depot

THIEVES who broke into a shipping container at Crib Point last week stole specialist equipment used to train search and rescue dogs. They also vandalised other equipment causing an overall loss of $3...

Shire zoning ‘makes no sense’: mayor

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is pressing the state government to classify it as a region – and not part of metropolitan Melbourne – to liberate it from the stage four coronavirus restrictions. The shir...

Grand new lease of life

THE leasehold of Mornington’s landmark Grand Hotel has been sold for an undisclosed sum. The changing of the guard comes after long-time owner and businessman Bernie Taylor died in November. Mr Taylo...