Articles by Chief Bandicoot

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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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CRUDEN VEILED BEHIND LEGAL ENTITIES

■ Meeting takes first step against subdivision EXCLUSIVE Cruden Farm is draped in trusts, business names and public and private entities. It’s a wonder passers-by can see anything of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s splendid garden for them….


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WHAT CRUDEN FARM TRUST WANTS

EXCLUSIVE Bandicoot is just back from a filing cabinet raid with some scribbled notes about what the Murdoch family expects – there’s no suggestion of “requests” – for Dame Elisabeth’s beloved property at Langwarrin. The…