January 2017

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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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OLD COOT FANCIES $30m HACIENDA

Bandicoot reads with interest the proposed sale of Morning Star Estate in Mt Eliza for $30 million. He’s giving serious though to buying, as the Bandicoot Bower is looking a bit threadbare. The Cheese and…


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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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PM’S EXPENSES REFORM PLAN TO BE LAUDED

  See “Who’s Sussan?” below Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to tighten up MPs’ expense claims after the Sussan Ley-sparked “entitlements” scandal would be a fine model for our local council to follow. It would…


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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…