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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…


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BANDICOOT AN AMATEUR, COUNCILLOR ADVISES

“A councillor” has written to colleagues regarding several of Bandicoot’s recent green wedge articles, setting them straight on the Old Coot’s qualifications and expertise. The advice was that Bandicoot is not an expert in the…


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WHY THE GREEN WEDGE IS SO IMPORTANT

SHIRE SPELLS OUT ITS VISION What is green wedge? Why has Bandicoot been banging on about it these past weeks? Here are a couple of paragraphs of explanation: The green wedge is the rural area…


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NEW ATTACK ON GREEN WEDGE AWAITS DECISION

EXCLUSIVE Another highly sensitive green wedge zone (GWZ) matter has been lodged with council, within a couple of kilometres of the application for a brewery in Fingal that got councillors’ OK on 12 December. Approval…


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GREG’S GREEN ARMY STRIKES COLOURS

Sad to see a Greg Hunt pet environment initiative, the Green Army, chucked in the compost and covered with potato peelings by the Turnbull Government, which is desperate to find lots of cash and thus…


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QUARRY OWNER SEEKS TO ROLL MORE STONES

Bandicoot is hearing stirrings from the direction of the beautiful expired Pioneer quarry, now a lake, on the Arthurs Seat escarpment, which Pioneer Concrete sold to Hillview Quarries late last millennium and from which no…