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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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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…


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NEW DISCORD IN GREEN WEDGE PLANNING

EXCLUSIVE Planning controversy in Mornington Peninsula’s Green Wedge Zone sharpened at the 13 February council meeting when councillors decided to reject a staff recommendation that they refuse permission for a house to be built on…


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ROSEBUD’S PLEA – A LITTLE LIVING ROOM

We are assembled in the Mornington shire office last Friday, 11 February, for a pleading – or, perhaps more accurately, a Pleading, over a small informal park in Rosebud. The capital letter underlines the word’s…


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PILLARS COULD BE CLOSED IMMEDIATELY, CRS TOLD

EXCLUSIVE The Pillars, popular with an ever-ballooning number of increasingly aggressive visitors, cannot be fenced until possibly June – and the fence may not protect fully the fragile site from all further erosion and despoliation…


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PM’S EXPENSES REFORM PLAN TO BE LAUDED

  See “Who’s Sussan?” below Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to tighten up MPs’ expense claims after the Sussan Ley-sparked “entitlements” scandal would be a fine model for our local council to follow. It would…


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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…