August 2016

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COUNCILLOR EXPENSES DELAYED AGAIN

The proposed Councillor Expenditure Policy will set a record next Monday, 5 September, when it is brought to a council meeting for the third successive week. Its first appearance was on 22 August, when Cr…


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GIBB ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

An era in Mornington Peninsula history is about to end. David Gibb has announced he will not contest the 22 October council election for his place in Seawinds ward, the area he has represented for…




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SHIRE WASTE FUTURE: FORWARD TO THE PAST

UPDATE The Monday 22 August council meeting decided to expand Rye tip and wait for the state government to build an Alternative Waste Technology facility, as recommended by Cr David Gibb in his Notice of…


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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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WASTE FUTURE STREWN WITH DEJA VU

Welcome to the past! Just when the shire was gaining speed on its way to a clean-air clean-technology future, the subject of where to put the peninsula’s rubbish is rearing up again, iceberg-like, in its…


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NEVER MIND MORALITY: IS IT LEGAL?

Cr Celi has no option but to repay, argues David Harrison “It’s a moral question, not a legal one,” Australia’s Chef de Mission in Rio de Janeiro, Kitty Chiller, told reporters on the subject of…


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MENCKEN ANTICIPATES TRUMP BY 100 YEARS

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s…


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COUNCILLORS SIGNED CODE UNDER PROTEST

One amusing aspect of the shire’s version of the code refers directly to the dreaded media – the reptiles of Press, radio, TV, social media and Bandicoots who cause such distress to honest councillors trying to get about their business behind closed doors.