No budget lifeline for bay rescue groups

VOLUNTEER groups which play a huge role in rescuing those in distress on Port Phillip and Western Port bays are “bewildered” at being overlooked in last month’s state budget. The 26 marine search-and...

Anger over new planning rules

THE state government has adopted new planning rules that open the way for three-storey houses in towns across the Mornington Peninsula. Previously protected by restrictive planning overlays, the shir...

The little engine that couldn’t

A 31-year-old woman has been charged after her engine blew out during a pursuit in Melbourne’s south early this morning. Somerville Highway Patrol members detected a silver Mitsubishi without number ...

Port plans sink

THE state government has been told that it should rule out Hastings for the state’s next container port on economic and environment grounds. Infrastructure Victoria last week recommended that a conta...

Sports ‘empire building’ bid ends

EXPANSION plans by a company set up by Frankston Council to manage swim centres have been sunk by councillors. Councillors at the May council meeting last week voted 5-3 to instruct Peninsula Leisure...

Cricket play for AFL club hub

CRICKET could be coming to Frankston in a big way after the Saints march out of Seaford’s Linen House sporting complex. The News can reveal Cricket Victoria has been in touch with Frankston Council t...

Shire ‘working through’ Pillars policy

THERE’S still no sign of fencing to close off the popular swimming spot the Pillars – as decreed by a Mornington Peninsula Shire Council meeting on 24 January. At that meeting, councillors voted to e...

Sports centres ‘talks are not negotiations’

QUESTIONS over negotiations between Mornington Peninsula Shire and a Frankston Council-established company to possibly outsource the management of peninsula sports centres remain unanswered, despite ...

Council wait for pool options

HUNDREDS of signatures are being added to a petition calling for an aquatic centre at Rosebud. Pressure for a pool follows Mornington Peninsula Shire’s abandonment in 2014 of its long-held plans for ...

Light borrowing in the black by 2032

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is being urged to borrow almost $5 million over the next 15 years for a bulk street lighting LED upgrade. The new energy-saving lights would pay for themselves over the lon...