Council

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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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IS CONCRETE CASE MADE FOR $100K HELIPAD?

EXCLUSIVE STOP PRESS! Bandicoot is told a state-owned, state-maintained helipad lies idle on the Hastings foreshore at Long Island. Big enough to accommodate Elvis, it is kilometres from houses. Could this be the spot for…


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SAD, SILLY STORY OF POOL FOOLISHNESS

Bandicoot’s heart goes out to the hardy pro-pool group who flocked to council on March 14 to revive community interest in the Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre, the project that some even now forlornly hope will…


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SPECULATION OVER VANISHING VICSMART REPORT

EXCLUSIVE A vital planning report on VicSmart that councillors agreed on 27 February would be discussed at the Tuesday 14 March meeting was missing from the shire agenda that was published on Wednesday 8 March….


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PLANNING SCHEME STRIPS YOUR RIGHTS

How would you define a “minor” building project? A garden shed? A carport, perhaps? A paling fence? You would almost certainly be thinking of some small project, for which you would dread seeking council approval….


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COMMUNITY MEETINGS SCRAPE IN

Bandicoot is delighted, rhapsodic even, to bring you the very good news that community council meetings will continue unchanged, at six per year – one in each ward – for the foreseeable future. To have…


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COUNCILLOR CONDUCT CODE: BETTER, BUT NOT BEST

Councillors voted to approve a new Councillor Code of Conduct at a special meeting on 20 February. It was far better than the code it replaced, but, to use the words that exasperated teachers wrote…