Federal cash for rail extension

THE federal government has promised $225 million to extend the metropolitan train line from Frankston to Baxter. The money is due to be announced in the federal Budget tonight, Tuesday 8 May by Treas...

Car parks lost in town’s expansion

FINDING a car park in Mt Eliza’s shopping centre is about to become more difficult with the loss of at least five per cent of the village’s 1017 parking spaces. The busy centre will lose 30 car parks...

Lib leader brings poll promises to the table

STATE Opposition Leader Matthew Guy was in Frankston last week bearing gifts in the form of election promises ranging from extending train services to building bridges to ease traffic congestion and ...

Council digs deep to buy swamp

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire will compulsorily acquire a large section of Tootgarook Swamp to save it from housing development. About 30 hectares (70 acres) at 92 Elizabeth Av, Capel Sound (Rosebud Wes...

Signs tell Ranelagh story

SIX large signs telling the history of heritage-listed Ranelagh Estate have been installed at Mt Eliza. Ranelagh was designed in 1924 by world-renowned American architects, planners and designers Wal...

First ‘tech fest’

THE Mornington Peninsula and Frankston’s first entrepreneurship and technology festival starts on Friday with a business breakfast and a three-day “hackathon”. The event is a joint venture between th...

Smoking banned

A BAN on smoking in all commercial outdoor dining areas in Victoria came into effect last Tuesday, 1 August. The ban covers all restaurants, cafes, takeaway shops and licensed premises, including bee...

Steady as she goes on alcohol policy

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has a new Alcohol Management Policy, but it reads the same as the one adopted this time last year. Just three submissions from members of the public were received before th...

Art inspiration from flesh-eating ulcer

ARTIST Vicki Sullivan’s entry in this year’s prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is Professor Daniel O’Brien. It’s not a familiar name to most people but his work on the Bairnsdale ulcer i...

Three-storey zones causing confusion

CONFUSION over which parts of the peninsula are subject to new rules allowing three-storey houses followed the first of three community meetings about state government planning changes. The shire has...