Mt Martha bathing boxes hit by vandals

GANGS of youths drinking and carousing on Mt Martha beach broke into and damaged 33 bathing boxes overnight, 21 September. Planks and panels from the boxes were stripped off to fuel bonfires and beac...

Creek clean up in good hands

WATSON Creek Catchment Group has almost completed a restoration project in the upper area of the creek, along one of its tributaries. And they are happy to have had some much-needed help from volunte...

Luke’s death not foreseeable, inquest finds

A CORONER’S inquest into the death of Tyabb boy Luke Batty – and the circumstances leading up to the tragedy – has found that it could not have been predicted. Judge Ian Gray said in a 111-page findi...

Cry for help alerts rescuer to drowning

A MAN’S cry for help broke the early morning stillness of a fishing trip on Western Port Bay early Sunday morning. Standing at the back of his boat, Cranbourne man Howard Fisher strained to pin-point...

Hit-run mum death charges

THE laying of floral tributes and a public vigil united Carrum Downs residents on Sunday evening to bid a sad farewell to mother-of-two Andrea Lehane. The 34-year-old was tragically killed when run d...

Auditioning for life in film

THE “thrill of the performance” drives Mt Martha actor and director Callum Needham, who has written, produced, directed and acted in his own short film, Fatum, being shown at the Astor Theatre, East ...

Education ‘key to beat sex trade’

A HUMAN rights organisation based in Mornington helps girls in rural Cambodia get an education and this, in turn, makes them less vulnerable to people traffickers and the ubiquitous sex trade. Mornin...

Camping fun and inspiration for diabetes fighters

FOUR teenagers with diabetes received some welcome inspiration from former AFL player Jack Fitzpatrick in Mt Eliza last week. Ben McVea, 15, of Langwarrin, Imogen Price, 12, of Somerville, Caleb Gova...

Last ditch call for public police

THE $16.3 million police station about to be opened at Somerville is a debacle, according to a former detective. Former CIB chief David Killin was speaking at a Saturday morning public meeting at St ...

Callous thieves steal op shop’s stock

THIEVES have stolen an estimated $20,000 worth of donated goods from the Southern Peninsula Community Fund Op Shop. At least three vehicles have been photographed making regular raids on goods left o...