Fears as peninsula builder goes bust

A MORNINGTON-based construction company has gone into receivership owing 92 creditors almost $465,000 and raising fears it could be the first of more bankruptcies due to a softening in the building i...

Back on the tools at 85

EXPERIENCED tradesman Alan Mott of Hastings recently placed a small advertisement in The News for Al’s Jobbing Shop. There appeared to be nothing unusual about this until you discover Mr Mott is aged...

Outbreak of Democracy

DEMOCRACY is alive on the Morn­ington Peninsula with 43 candidates vying for places in the shire’s six wards at this month’s election. It’s a far cry from the previous election in 2008 when six of 11...

Landslide reveals links to history

A TRACK leads down to rocky ledges below the site of the latest landslide on the Esplanade between Mt Martha and Safety Beach. The jagged rocks are partly covered by bright orange lichen and the clea...

Wharf era comes to a close

BLUESCOPE’S wharf will fall silent in November as the last wharfies are paid off and the last steel-carrying ship leaves Hastings. Wharf operator Patrick is set to issue redundancy notices to the las...

Pool ‘conflict’ inquiry

VICTORIA’S local government watch­­dog is investigating a shire councillor over alleged conflict of interest. The Local Government Inspectorate has interviewed Cr Graham Pittock after an anonymous co...

Former CEO aims to gee up shire

A CHARTERED accountant with a 20-year career in local government prior to 1995 is standing in Nepean Ward on the southern peninsula. Bryan Payne, 65, will be after one of the two seats in the new mul...

Crunch time for historic tower

ARTHURS Seat’s historic lookout tower is no more. The 78-year-old concrete and steel tower was demolished last Wednesday by Parks Victoria’s contractors Guilfoyle Australasia. The company used a high...