Articles by Chief Bandicoot

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COMMERCE v. CULTURE CLASH AT SORRENTO

Bandicoot sat enthralled at last Monday’s (31 July) planning meeting as a tense tussle was exposed between shire urban designer James Bryan and an Independent Panel whose report, dealt with below, will be considered in…


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FREEWAY PLAN MAY BE DAZZLING SUCCESS

Has VicRoads got it wrong? Has it mistaken the south end of Moorooduc Road (known as Old Moorooduc Rd) with the near-top end of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway? You, alert reader, can see how easily…



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BEWARE A SCALDING IN HOT SPRINGS

EXCLUSIVE If you’ve never blissed out in a hot springs, you haven’t given yourselves the ultimate pampering, some say. Bandicoot’s family, Isoodon obesulus obesulus, is aquaphobic: we may groom, like cats: we don’t generally bathe….


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SUPER-COUNCIL WOULD SWAMP MORNPEN

EXCLUSIVE The Mornington Peninsula would risk being swamped by the five municipalities with which it is proposed to merge under a plan being pushed by the Committee for Melbourne (CFM) and apparently favoured by the…


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A CHRONICLE OF DEATHS FORETOLD

■ ‘Private Eye’ reports on the Grenfell Tower fire disaster (issue 1447) ■ See private-eye.co.uk   LONG before the Grenfell Tower fire in north Kensington on 14 June, the Grenfell Action Group (GAG), representing local residents, had…


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OPPOSE WYNNE, SHIRE LETTER URGES ALL

■ Councillors approve state-wide campaign Mornington Peninsula Shire is writing to every council across Victoria to seek support for its campaign to have the state government withdraw or amend recently introduced planning laws – imposed…


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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…