Jobs could flow from marine ‘precinct’

“STREAMLINED” planning controls look set to be adopted to create a “marine industry precinct” between Hastings and Somerville. The proposed 50-hectare site is on Bungower Road West, about four kilome...

Strong win for Hunt in ‘marginal’ Flinders

THE final figures from last month’s federal election confirm what was known early on voting night: Flinders was easily retained by the Liberal Party’s candidate, Greg Hunt. The poll results officiall...

Plucka Duck a perfect fit for the purpose

THE heady days of the TV show Hey Hey It’s Saturday last week had a revival of sorts, and a round of applause, in Mornington. While it may not have been the entire program, one of the most bizarre an...

Whales back in the bays for winter

IT was as if the first day of winter was arranged by central casting. Right on cue, humpback whales appeared in Port Phillip and along the Phillip Island coast. A pod of killer whales was reported at...

Beach clues to ancient and modern history

TAKING a close look at the history of a cement works at Mornington can easily turn into probing ancient geological formations and life forms. Fossil Beach, which lies at the end of a short path off t...

More protection for ‘unique’ swamp

NEW boundaries have been adopted for the Tootgarook Wetlands, along with protective buffer zones and an environmental significance overlay. The wetland – home to 160 species of permanent and mi...

Beaches a battleground for fees and charges

SOME of the Mornington Peninsula most idyllic beaches have become an unlikely battleground between beach box owners and shire councillors. The councillors want to increase annual licence fees for bea...

Gathering time to publish rhyme

MANY words have been spoken in McCrae on Sunday nights between March and November over the past three years. The words, strung together in rhyme to create a rhythm, belong to a group of people collec...

Gas rig in bay for repairs

THE 21,000-tonne gas rig Ocean Monarch is anchored for maintenance between Cowes and Observation Point, Phillip Island. The 107-metre-long rig was towed into Western Port last Tuesday (21 May) aftern...