State takes over port control

THE state government has this week taken over the management of the Port of Hastings through the Victorian Channels Authority. The port was run under contract until 30 June by Patrick Ports Hastings,...

Market call for auction man

AUCTIONEER Andy Reid will be wielding his hammer and hoping his voice will draw a crowd of football fans when he steps up at Mornington’s Wednesday market on 28 June. For 20 minutes from midday Mr Re...

National plan to track marine pollution

A NEW database will provide the public with details about sewage being poured into the ocean, estuaries and rivers. The database developed by the Clean Ocean Foundation, which successfully campaigned...

Container 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...

Rays killed despite anti-cruelty laws

DIVERS are continuing to uncover acts of cruelty to fish caught from piers in Port Phillip and Western Port. The killing of a “resident” smooth ray on Rye pier on 2 April resulted in a 25,000-signatu...

Cruel end for ‘puppies’ of the sea

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to stop the mostly hidden killing and maiming of a group of fish known as smooth rays. The rays are rarely sought after for food but are often killed so they won’t waste ...