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BEWARE A SCALDING IN HOT SPRINGS

EXCLUSIVE If you’ve never blissed out in a hot springs, you haven’t given yourselves the ultimate pampering, some say. Bandicoot’s family, Isoodon obesulus obesulus, is aquaphobic: we may groom, like cats: we don’t generally bathe….


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SUPER-COUNCIL WOULD SWAMP MORNPEN

EXCLUSIVE The Mornington Peninsula would risk being swamped by the five municipalities with which it is proposed to merge under a plan being pushed by the Committee for Melbourne (CFM) and apparently favoured by the…


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A CHRONICLE OF DEATHS FORETOLD

■ ‘Private Eye’ reports on the Grenfell Tower fire disaster (issue 1447) ■ See private-eye.co.uk   LONG before the Grenfell Tower fire in north Kensington on 14 June, the Grenfell Action Group (GAG), representing local residents, had…


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OPPOSE WYNNE, SHIRE LETTER URGES ALL

■ Councillors approve state-wide campaign Mornington Peninsula Shire is writing to every council across Victoria to seek support for its campaign to have the state government withdraw or amend recently introduced planning laws – imposed…


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THE PLAN: COMMUNITY v. GOVERNMENT

■ Minutes of a special shire planning meeting, Hastings Hub, 22 June 2017. Meeting chair – Ms Christine Haydon, co-founder of Peninsula Speaks Present – councillors David Gill, Bryan Payne, Kate Roper, Simon Brooks, Rosie Clark [plus planning…


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FARMERS FINALLY GET THEIR HOUSE

■ “It is not the role of council to tell us where to put our houses.” The shire’s second Planning Services Committee meeting (the first was cancelled) was, for several people, an unmitigated success, in particular for farming…


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SAVE-SHIRE CAMPAIGN WRITES TO MPs

■ But where is the real battle plan? Mornington Peninsula Shire’s campaign to reverse the state government decision to “Melbournise” the peninsula has begun, with a letter from mayor Bev Colomb to local state parliamentarians Martin…


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24,262 BLOCKS COULD GO 3-STOREY

More than 24,000 blocks of residential land, from Capel Sound to Baxter, will be vulnerable to three-storey housing development if Mornington Peninsula Shire fails in its campaign to reverse new state government inner city-style development…


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SHIRE FIGHT TO STOP WYNNE’S “WRECKING BALL”

EXCLUSIVE Three-storey houses can now be built “as of right” in some villages and townships across the Mornington Peninsula as a result of Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s recent radical, unheralded and unconsulted changes to residential…


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ANGRY COUNCILLORS REJECT MEDIA POLICY

EXCLUSIVE Councillors have, in a stormy private briefing session last Tuesday (6 June), emphatically rejected a proposed shire media relations policy that would have given council officers control over what councillors could or could not…


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FERRY TRAFFIC WORRIES SORRENTO

EXCLUSIVE Concern is mounting among Sorrento residents as they absorb the implications of the proposed new ferry terminal and study some of the claims made to gain public support for the $17 million project. Among…


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SORRY KIDS, WE’VE AXED THE PET EXPO

Shire councillors followed a staff recommendation at the 23 May council meeting to “immediately” axe the Peninsula Pet Expo, paving the way for reallocation to other pet-related projects of the $80,000 which shire officers claimed…


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DEMAND HIGH FOR SHIRE GRANTS CASH

  ■ 37 applicants vie for $118,000 fund pool ■ Aero club seeks veto on local development The last hundred thou or so of shire grant funds will come to council this Tuesday (23 May) for approval…


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BANDITS AT 7 O’CLOCK! TYABB ATTACKED

Tyabb aerodrome copped a pasting when last week’s (10 May) council meeting dealt with funds sought by community groups via budget submissions, coming under sustained attack of the sort London’s Biggin Hill fighter base got…


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FAREWELL, CAPEL SOUND, AFTER 8 MONTHS

Just eight months after Rosebud West was renamed Capel Sound (postcode 3940), a group representing the Rosebud Business Estate wants to hie them back to Rosebud (postcode 3939). The first step was approved at last week’s…


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COUNCIL VETERAN BLASTS SHIRE ON GREEN WEDGE

EXCLUSIVE Former councillor David Gibb, veteran defender of the shire’s green wedge over his nearly two decades in office, has bitterly criticised the council executive team’s treatment of the zone in his submission to the…


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NEW BID FOR RED HILL APARTMENTS

EXCLUSIVE The long-running saga of Centrepoint at Red Hill South has entered a new chapter, with an old application now back before the shire to build “a tavern and double-storey serviced apartments buildings [sic] and associated…


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HILLVIEW QUARRY LOSES AT VCAT

EXCLUSIVE Hillview Quarries has lost its appeal to restart stone extraction at a site in Boundary Rd, Dromana. VCAT Member Judith Perlstein ruled that the relevant planning permit “has expired because the use of the…


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CRUDEN FARM: DAME ELISABETH’S INSTRUCTIONS

This is the schedule to the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Trust that governs the affairs of Cruden Farm. Signed on 30 March 2007, it may not reflect the circumstances that exist on 26 April 2017, a…


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WHO WON? TURKEY’S REFERENDUM DEEPLY FLAWED

EXCLUSIVE Tony Radcliffe Thousands of Australians go to Turkey every year on holiday. Probably not so many now, because of the terrorist attacks of the past two years. In their hotels or pensions around the…


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IS CONCRETE CASE MADE FOR $100K HELIPAD?

EXCLUSIVE STOP PRESS! Bandicoot is told a state-owned, state-maintained helipad lies idle on the Hastings foreshore at Long Island. Big enough to accommodate Elvis, it is kilometres from houses. Could this be the spot for…


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OUR HOUSING OUTLOOK – HIGH AND DENSE

■ EXCLUSIVE   Shadow planning minister David Davis visited Sorrento last Friday (7 April) with some alarming news.   The state government wants to “scoop the Mornington Peninsula into metropolitan Melbourne”, he said, where it…


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YOUR EVERY KEYSTROKE worth $$$$$$

Bandicoot congratulates readers on knowing Facebook’s corporate mission – you do know, don’t you, good people, what it is? The link on the Mornington Peninsula Bandicoot Facebook page has brought  you to the whole story. … And…



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SHIRE TAKES BOLD LEAP BACKWARD

Shire planning took a brisk and decisive long leap into the past at Monday’s (27 Mar 2017) council meeting, when a councillor move to make planning more accountable, efficient and publicly accessible was firmly quashed. Cr…


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NEW MALCOLM, SAME OLD LAW BREAKING

Bandicoot is quite impressed by PM Turnbull’s new feistiness, his florid waving of fists in the air during Question Time and his confident arms-akimbo pumped-up hydro power proclamations of leadership up in the mountains where…


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SPECULATION OVER VANISHING VICSMART REPORT

EXCLUSIVE A vital planning report on VicSmart that councillors agreed on 27 February would be discussed at the Tuesday 14 March meeting was missing from the shire agenda that was published on Wednesday 8 March….


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MAKE COUNCILLOR EXPENSES TRANSPARENT

The decision to publish councillors’ expenses on the shire website is to be heartily commended – so long as the postings are open and transparent, frequent, and detailed. What is the point of making them…


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COMMUNITY MEETINGS SCRAPE IN

Bandicoot is delighted, rhapsodic even, to bring you the very good news that community council meetings will continue unchanged, at six per year – one in each ward – for the foreseeable future. To have…


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EMAILS CAST LIGHT ON HOTEL CASE

EXCLUSIVE Emails tendered to VCAT in the Continental Hotel case have given a rare glimpse of behind-the-scenes negotiations that can occur before the shire, or the tribunal, reaches a decision in important planning cases. An…


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COUNCILLOR CONDUCT CODE: BETTER, BUT NOT BEST

Councillors voted to approve a new Councillor Code of Conduct at a special meeting on 20 February. It was far better than the code it replaced, but, to use the words that exasperated teachers wrote…


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RYE BOAT RAMP TORPEDOED … OR WAS IT?

The long-debated fourth Rye boat ramp almost came to a conclusion at last Monday’s (13 Feb) council meeting but swerved hard to starboard at the last minute, ran aground and was deferred. Councillors voted to…


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NEW DISCORD IN GREEN WEDGE PLANNING

EXCLUSIVE Planning controversy in Mornington Peninsula’s Green Wedge Zone sharpened at the 13 February council meeting when councillors decided to reject a staff recommendation that they refuse permission for a house to be built on…


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ROSEBUD’S PLEA – A LITTLE LIVING ROOM

We are assembled in the Mornington shire office last Friday, 11 February, for a pleading – or, perhaps more accurately, a Pleading, over a small informal park in Rosebud. The capital letter underlines the word’s…


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BRUSH FENCE v. HERITAGE AND HISTORY

The house being built at 3080 Point Nepean Rd is nameless, so far as Bandicoot knows, but for the purposes of this story it needs a name. We hereby name this house Strode Sands for brevity,…


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PILLARS COULD BE CLOSED IMMEDIATELY, CRS TOLD

EXCLUSIVE The Pillars, popular with an ever-ballooning number of increasingly aggressive visitors, cannot be fenced until possibly June – and the fence may not protect fully the fragile site from all further erosion and despoliation…


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January 26 – or thereabouts

We’ve celebrated it as Regatta Day and Anniversary Day and even toyed with Invasion Day, which is now making a strong comeback. We’ve celebrated it in several months, depending on the state you’re in. One…


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BANDICOOT AN AMATEUR, COUNCILLOR ADVISES

“A councillor” has written to colleagues regarding several of Bandicoot’s recent green wedge articles, setting them straight on the Old Coot’s qualifications and expertise. The advice was that Bandicoot is not an expert in the…


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HUNT MOVES CLOSER TO THE TOP

Local federal MP Greg Hunt’s elevation to the Health and Sport portfolios in Malcolm Turnbull’s latest ministerial reshuffle positions him strategically for a further rise as Coalition Government instability continues. As a low-key, highly competent…


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WHY THE GREEN WEDGE IS SO IMPORTANT

SHIRE SPELLS OUT ITS VISION What is green wedge? Why has Bandicoot been banging on about it these past weeks? Here are a couple of paragraphs of explanation: The green wedge is the rural area…


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NEW ATTACK ON GREEN WEDGE AWAITS DECISION

EXCLUSIVE Another highly sensitive green wedge zone (GWZ) matter has been lodged with council, within a couple of kilometres of the application for a brewery in Fingal that got councillors’ OK on 12 December. Approval…


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OK FOR BREWERY DEFIES VCAT CASES

EXCLUSIVE A vote by councillors on 12 December to approve a brewery in the green wedge zone at Fingal flies in the face of two VCAT cases, which decided that “brewery” is not – contrary…


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UPDATE: COUNCILLORS PUT GWZ AT RISK

Bandicoot fears for the future of the shire’s precious and irreplaceable green wedge land following two decisions by councillors at Monday’s (12 Dec) meeting. Such decisions, if repeated in other such applications, directly threaten the…


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BREWERY CASE MIGHT BE BUILT ON SAND

Bandicoots and elephants have, despite their size disparity, one thing in common – their prodigious memories. Thus it was that Bandicoot noted with a strong feeling of deja vu an application for a brewery not…


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GREG’S GREEN ARMY STRIKES COLOURS

Sad to see a Greg Hunt pet environment initiative, the Green Army, chucked in the compost and covered with potato peelings by the Turnbull Government, which is desperate to find lots of cash and thus…


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QUARRY OWNER SEEKS TO ROLL MORE STONES

Bandicoot is hearing stirrings from the direction of the beautiful expired Pioneer quarry, now a lake, on the Arthurs Seat escarpment, which Pioneer Concrete sold to Hillview Quarries late last millennium and from which no…


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COUNCILLORS “YES” TO WILLOW CREEK WINERY

An application by Willow Creek Winery to, among other things, increase its patron numbers to 282 from the Green Wedge Zone rules maximum of 150, easily passed at council after shire planners explained that the…


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14 NOV, 6PM. CLASS OF 2016, BE SEATED

Welcome to our newbies, politely applauded by the gallery as they file into the Besgrove St council chamber. It is just gone 6pm on 14 November 2016 and council is reconvening. Among the 11 councillors,…


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WHO WILL BE MAYOR? BATTLE HAS BEGUN

It’s the big local government prize, the mayoralty. It comes with a $90,000-odd salary and a car, plus bounteous allowances, expenses and opportunities. As well as these prizes come endless functions in and out of…



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CANDIDATE ADVERT SPARKS IRE

A candidate for Briars ward at the coming council election is trying to persuade all other candidates to put their names to a full page advertisement demanding rates cuts. The candidate, John Woodman, states the…



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GAME, SET, AND MATCHLESS SILLINESS?

Item 3.6 – Compulsory Land Acquisition for Mount Martha Skate Park Here’s the scene: A hush descends as you prepare to receive serve. Match point – win it and the pennant is yours. Every sense…


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UNDER STARTER’S ORDERS!

The shire election candidates, in ballot paper order The draw was made at 1pm Tuesday 20 September, in front of a crowd of about 30 aspiring councillors and interested bystanders. Briars ward (3 vacancies) CLARK,…


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AUDIT SECRET KEPT UNDER WRAPS

A move by Cr Hugh Fraser to discuss in open council an agenda item marked confidential was voted down 5-4 at the 12 September council meeting. The item related to the shire’s audit committee, of…


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COUNCILLORS “PISSED”, DIXON CLAIMS

“Out of touch”: Cr Dixon upbraids fellow councillors for what he claims has been their behaviour during and after official meetings. Startling and serious claims of councillor misconduct were made at the 5 September special council…


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VOTE WHISPERERS DEALT DEATH BLOW

A severe blow to council election rigging has been struck by the Victorian Electoral Commission. Candidates’ how-to-vote information is now excluded from the mail-out that will be sent to each voter before the October local…


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DIXON’S NO VOTE SINKS EXPENSES POLICY

AUDIO – Cr Gibb then Cr Dixon. Cr Dixon spoke at the meeting before Cr Gibb proposed his amendment. The much-anticipated revision of the Councillor Expenditure Policy was put forward, and – to the shock of…


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FOI LODGED ON COUNCILLOR OVERSPEND ADVICE

A Freedom of Information request has been lodged with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council seeking details of the instructions shire officers provided to law firm Maddocks Lawyers, “in particular in relation to Cr [Antonella] Celi’s expenditure…


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MOOROODUC PLAIN ESCAPED SUBURBAN FATE

EXCLUSIVE Bandicoot, with his interest in history (his own history runs well back into the 20th century), went on the alert when Professor Buxton mentioned old, mercifully abandoned state government plans to subdivide the Moorooduc…