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GAME, SET, AND MATCHLESS SILLINESS?

Item 3.6 – Compulsory Land Acquisition for Mount Martha Skate Park Here’s the scene: A hush descends as you prepare to receive serve. Match point – win it and the pennant is yours. Every sense…


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UNDER STARTER’S ORDERS!

The shire election candidates, in ballot paper order The draw was made at 1pm Tuesday 20 September, in front of a crowd of about 30 aspiring councillors and interested bystanders. Briars ward (3 vacancies) CLARK,…


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DROMANA GATEWAY INAUGURATED

“Dromana – where the mountain meets the sea” reads the sign that welcomes visitors on Point Nepean Rd as they arrive at the seaside. But the umbrella, the table and the drinks cooler will not…


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TYABB HANGAR PROPOSAL STALLS

This is a story that Bandicoot will allow to tell itself from the documents, lazy louche devil that he is. It concerns a large building on a property beside Tyabb airfield, big enough to contain…


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100 VOTES BOWLED OVER, POSSIBLY

Cr Antonella Celi went in to bat for the Rosebud Bowls Club at the 12 September council meeting. She played an innings that was a mixture of Adam Gilchrist, David Warner and Mitchell Johnson –…


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AUDIT SECRET KEPT UNDER WRAPS

A move by Cr Hugh Fraser to discuss in open council an agenda item marked confidential was voted down 5-4 at the 12 September council meeting. The item related to the shire’s audit committee, of…


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HORSHAM, NICE TIDY TOWN FOR A HOLIDAY

Welcome to Horsham Rural City (pop. nearly 20,000), a pleasant Victorian country centre on the banks of the Wimmera River, brimming with and surrounded by culture and tourist attractions (the city, not the river) about…


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COUNCILLORS “PISSED”, DIXON CLAIMS

“Out of touch”: Cr Dixon upbraids fellow councillors for what he claims has been their behaviour during and after official meetings. Startling and serious claims of councillor misconduct were made at the 5 September special council…


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VOTE WHISPERERS DEALT DEATH BLOW

A severe blow to council election rigging has been struck by the Victorian Electoral Commission. Candidates’ how-to-vote information is now excluded from the mail-out that will be sent to each voter before the October local…


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COUNCILLOR EXPENSES DELAYED AGAIN

The proposed Councillor Expenditure Policy will set a record next Monday, 5 September, when it is brought to a council meeting for the third successive week. Its first appearance was on 22 August, when Cr…