Articles by Chief Bandicoot


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HOLIDAY IS OVER; THERE’S A SHIRE TO BE RUN

The gang was all there at Besgrove St, except for Cr Julie Morris, first constable, possibly in a divvy van somewhere stalking a villain. Veteran council watcher Barry Robinson was present, but he had forgotten…


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BENNELONG NO BENEDICTION FOR PM

Malcolm “Stanley Melbourne” Turnbull didn’t get a massive electoral fright in Bennelong today (16 Dec), with John Alexander retaining his seat quite easily when forced to re-contest it after losing a bout with the Constitution….



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DELUGE DOESN’T DAMPEN RURAL SHOPPING

Deluges over recent days have forced changes to Bandicoot’s plans. He has had to resort to shopping – a least-favoured activity, but at least out of the rain. And we are well into the Christmas…


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LOW TURNOUT FOR PLANNING MEETING

Five of the 11 councillors were Apologies at the Planning Services Committee meeting last Monday, 20 November, continuing the pattern of low attendance at these meetings, many of which involve multi-million projects in crucial areas…


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A LABYRINTH OF NINCOMPOOPS

Oh, how we love our telcos, those glitteringly efficient providers of telephone and internet services that have contrived to provide, as only private enterprise can, a service about which almost everyone is talking … or…


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VERDICT ON COUNCILLORS: A FEW MUST IMPROVE

In AFL terms we’re at quarter time in the shire councillors’ four-year term of office. It has been a fluctuating year; headwinds, squalls, some floundering through muddy patches and one or two ill-considered out of…


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TYABB SKIES REMEMBER IN SILENCE

The skies were silent over Mornington Peninsula’s peaceful pastures on Remembrance Day 2017, with nary a warbird aloft to howl a requiem for the 99th anniversary of the WW1 Armistice. This could have been because…


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WASTE–TO–POWER RAISES A FEW ISSUES

A learned exposition about PPPs (public-private partnerships) has winged its way to Bandicoot’s email in-box in the past day or so, which wraps a considerable poundage of meat on to the bare bones of his…