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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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THE BIRTH OF BEER (& HANGOVERS)

See separate Brewery articles The world’s first hangover probably laid an Egyptian low about 6000 years ago, although it might have occurred in Mesopotamia as much as a thousand years later, when the locals dipped baskets…


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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…


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UPDATE: COUNCILLORS PUT GWZ AT RISK

Bandicoot fears for the future of the shire’s precious and irreplaceable green wedge land following two decisions by councillors at Monday’s (12 Dec) meeting. Such decisions, if repeated in other such applications, directly threaten the…


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BREWERY CASE MIGHT BE BUILT ON SAND

Bandicoots and elephants have, despite their size disparity, one thing in common – their prodigious memories. Thus it was that Bandicoot noted with a strong feeling of deja vu an application for a brewery not…


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WILLOW CREEK APPROVAL: UPDATE

  EXCLUSIVE Bandicoot reports in another post on this site* councillors’ approval on 28 November of Willow Creek Winery’s application to expand and amend its activities, most notably to increase patronage from 150 to 282….


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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…


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COUNCILLORS “YES” TO WILLOW CREEK WINERY

An application by Willow Creek Winery to, among other things, increase its patron numbers to 282 from the Green Wedge Zone rules maximum of 150, easily passed at council after shire planners explained that the…


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WHAT THE FRUCTOSE? BARNABY’S AMOK!

Those of us following with fascinated interest the zany stump-jump zealotry of Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s own Trumpery spruiker, felt moved to stand and applaud his response to suggestions of a sugar tax to deter fizzy…