A grazier gardener who grew into a statesman

FORMER Prime Minister and Merricks resident Malcolm Fraser died on Friday. He was revered as a radical in his retirement, perceived as a statesman. Leaving “toxic” party politics behind in 2010, havi...

Petition calls on swami to quit

HUNDREDS of names have been added to an online petition calling for the head of a Mt Eliza ashram to step down while police investigate allegations of sexual abuse. “Signatures” have come from around...

Rye food trucks ‘won’t return’

THE state planning tribunal VCAT has been told food trucks will not return to Rye. The claim was made in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal last month during a hearing instigated by Rye ...

Clock runs on Skylift permit

SHIRE councillors last week voted to deal with the Arthurs Seat Skylift gondola permit conditions rather than leave it to shire officers. But they have a tough task to deal with the job by the end of...

Sorrento hotel on market for $15m

SORRENTO’S historic hotel the Continental is on the market for the first time in almost 20 years. The Di Pietro family, who bought the hotel on Ocean Beach Rd in 1996, is hoping for $15 million. The ...

Hearts breaking at the ashram

TALES of personal grief, heartbreak and broken relationships continue to emerge in the aftermath of admissions of secret sexual relations between the spiritual leader and some of his female devotees ...

Second cruise visit this week

CRUISE ship passengers will again visit Mornington Wednesday on the second P&O stopover in a month. The same ship that arrived on 24 February – the 63,700-tonne Pacific Pearl – will cruise direct...

Cyclist clings to life after early morning collision

AN early morning bike ride on Friday 6 March has left a father of three young children fighting for his life. Luke Matthews, 34, from Mount Eliza, was riding along Beleura Hill Road in Mornington at ...

Jobs go in shire shake-up

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s new CEO Carl Cowie has started retrenching staff. The first of several axes fell last Friday, the 13th, when 17 people lost their jobs. It is understood more people will ...

Mosque members help clean up Australia

THE Langwarrin-based Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Victoria has been credited as providing the third highest number of volunteers at this year’s Clean Up Australia Day. On Sunday 1 March more than 200...