The upside of Down

CHELSEA SES volunteer Phil Wall well remembers the moment he and his wife Maryann were told by a doctor that their first-born child, a girl, would have Down syndrome. It was mid-December 1989 and Kim...

Fireys see red over cutbacks

FIREYS are turning up the heat on the state government in an election year with a high-profile campaign highlighting union concerns about fire brigade staffing levels. The United Firefighters Union h...

Wedge opened

MAJOR changes to Kingston City Council’s green wedge policy were made at last week’s council meeting, with councillors deciding vast tracts of green wedge land should be opened up to development to g...

Ground skirmish

MENTONE Grammar has responded to questions about a bid to rezone its Keysborough playing fields that could open the land up to residential development and earn the school tens of millions of dollars....

Pompei legacy ‘threatened’

THE legacy of late Mordialloc legend Jack Pompei could be in jeopardy at Pompei’s Landing amid a Kingston council push to seek expressions of interest in three leases on crown land along Mordialloc C...

Festival travel derailed

FESTIVAL-GOERS heading to this weekend’s Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival may prefer to get there under their own steam after Metro Trains decided to carry out track upgrade works between Moo...

No strings on political ties

INCREASED transparency was on the agenda at this week’s Kingston council meeting but councillors opted not to tighten procedures surrounding potential conflicts of interest when distributing ward fun...