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SHIRE GAGS SORRENTO SPOKESMAN

A funny thing happened last Monday on the way to the shire forum (known as the shire Planning Services Committee meeting). It was a “you can speak/no you can’t speak” farce, linked to the meeting’s…

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CRUDEN VEILED BEHIND LEGAL ENTITIES

■ Meeting takes first step against subdivision EXCLUSIVE Cruden Farm is draped in trusts, business names and public and private entities. It’s a wonder passers-by can see anything of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s splendid garden for them….


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YOUR EVERY KEYSTROKE worth $$$$$$

Bandicoot congratulates readers on knowing Facebook’s corporate mission – you do know, don’t you, good people, what it is? The link on the Mornington Peninsula Bandicoot Facebook page has brought  you to the whole story. … And…



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NEW MALCOLM, SAME OLD LAW BREAKING

Bandicoot is quite impressed by PM Turnbull’s new feistiness, his florid waving of fists in the air during Question Time and his confident arms-akimbo pumped-up hydro power proclamations of leadership up in the mountains where…


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MAKE COUNCILLOR EXPENSES TRANSPARENT

The decision to publish councillors’ expenses on the shire website is to be heartily commended – so long as the postings are open and transparent, frequent, and detailed. What is the point of making them…


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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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EMAILS CAST LIGHT ON HOTEL CASE

EXCLUSIVE Emails tendered to VCAT in the Continental Hotel case have given a rare glimpse of behind-the-scenes negotiations that can occur before the shire, or the tribunal, reaches a decision in important planning cases. An…


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RYE BOAT RAMP TORPEDOED … OR WAS IT?

The long-debated fourth Rye boat ramp almost came to a conclusion at last Monday’s (13 Feb) council meeting but swerved hard to starboard at the last minute, ran aground and was deferred. Councillors voted to…


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January 26 – or thereabouts

We’ve celebrated it as Regatta Day and Anniversary Day and even toyed with Invasion Day, which is now making a strong comeback. We’ve celebrated it in several months, depending on the state you’re in. One…