Ute linked to five violent burglaries

A SILVER Nissan Navarra dual-cab ute is the common link between five armed robberies in Dandenong South, Braeside, Carrum Downs, Frankston and Baxter over the past fortnight. The male driver of the s...

Crushing message on monkey bikes

THE death of Carrum Downs mother-of-two Andrea Lehane in 2015 focused community attention on the illegal riding of monkey bikes in suburban streets and car parks. Ms Lehane, 34, was knocked six metre...

Fun rides are group therapy

THE joys of pony riding are felt even more intensely by the disabled, who experience a special sense of relaxation and deep affinity with their charges. This is understood by members of Riding for th...

Rent stress distress

A SINGLE parent in Frankston working part-time, receiving a Centrelink pension of $40,000 and looking to rent a two-bedroom unit with a child or children would be faced with “severely unaffordable” r...

Morning Star Estate sold to Chinese buyer

THE 63 hectare Morning Star Estate in Mt Eliza has been bought by a Chinese investor for $36.2 million. The Zhongou Capital Corporation outbid five other shortlisted groups to buy the Sunnyside Rd pr...

Catholic schools fees ‘may soar’

A CATHOLIC school in Mentone fears families may have to pay higher fees under the federal Coalition government’s new “Gonski 2.0” funding arrangements. ST Patrick’s Primary School principal Tim Noona...

Family violence figures reveal ugly trend

FAMILY violence figures have been collated and publicly released for the first time as part of a push to bring domestic assaults out from behind closed doors. The Victorian Family Violence Database r...

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...

Schools’ budget pain and gain claims

SECONDARY schools in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula are set to be shortchanged by millions of dollars in federal funding over the next two years, according to figures released by the Victo...