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OK FOR BREWERY DEFIES VCAT CASES

EXCLUSIVE A vote by councillors on 12 December to approve a brewery in the green wedge zone at Fingal flies in the face of two VCAT cases, which decided that “brewery” is not – contrary…


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UPDATE: COUNCILLORS PUT GWZ AT RISK

Bandicoot fears for the future of the shire’s precious and irreplaceable green wedge land following two decisions by councillors at Monday’s (12 Dec) meeting. Such decisions, if repeated in other such applications, directly threaten the…


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WILLOW CREEK APPROVAL: UPDATE

  EXCLUSIVE Bandicoot reports in another post on this site* councillors’ approval on 28 November of Willow Creek Winery’s application to expand and amend its activities, most notably to increase patronage from 150 to 282….


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COUNCILLORS “YES” TO WILLOW CREEK WINERY

An application by Willow Creek Winery to, among other things, increase its patron numbers to 282 from the Green Wedge Zone rules maximum of 150, easily passed at council after shire planners explained that the…


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EXPENSES TABLE SHOWS BIG SPENDERS

This further table of shire councillor expenditure figures has been taken from the past two shire annual reports, starting at the date from which the state government made it compulsory for councils to make the…


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RUCTIONS OVER COUNCILLOR-STAFF CODE

A tremor of considerable Richter force set the wine glasses dancing at the Besgrove St bunker last week, within days of our new council being sworn in on 14 November – perhaps a portent of…


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14 NOV, 6PM. CLASS OF 2016, BE SEATED

Welcome to our newbies, politely applauded by the gallery as they file into the Besgrove St council chamber. It is just gone 6pm on 14 November 2016 and council is reconvening. Among the 11 councillors,…


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VILLAGE BRACES FOR “AMAZING” BEER HALL

An interesting planning application has been lodged for reuse of a large empty mechanics garage behind the Red Hill service station in Arthurs Seat Rd. The aim is to transform it into a restaurant –…