June 2017

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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…


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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…