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A JOB FOR THE QUEENS OF TARTERY

Bandicoot is transfixed, rooted to the spot, almost struck dumb at the latest intellectual furore sweeping Melbourne. Not just Melbourne; it is spilling on to the Mornington Peninsula, where one finds the occasional traffic lights…


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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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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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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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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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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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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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A PAINLESS WAY TO PAY YOUR RATES

Bandicoot, ever at the pointy edge of technology, this morning paid the council rates for the family condo via his electronic tablet while sipping a cuppa in bed, lovingly brought by the Cheese & Kisses…