Briefings record defended

A COUNCILLOR who plans to write to Victorian Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins about “ensuring a minimum level of input from councillors elected to office” has been forced to defend his own ...

PM escapes leadership woes

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott made a flying visit to Frankston last Thursday afternoon, leaving behind rampant Liberal Party leadership speculation in Canberra, for “an afternoon tea with community memb...

Finance fuels climate change battle

FRANKSTON and peninsula residents rallied to show their love for the environment on Valentine’s Day last Saturday. The rally, attended by about 50 people, was part of Global Divestment Day, an inaugu...

Developers push for bandicoot delisting

ANALYSIS FEDERAL Environment minister Greg Hunt has rejected claims his government is trying to take the southern brown bandicoot off the threatened species list. He was responding to an article pub­...

Fire destroys Aspendale home

A WEATHERBOARD house in Aspendale was gutted by fire overnight on Wednesday at about 6.30pm. The unoccupied house, on the corner of Pine Cres and Station St, was described as being “beyond repair” by...

Police water, drug checks net tightens

WATER police, drug and alcohol squad members and two marine safety inspectors ran one of their biggest combined road and marine operations at Launching Way, Patterson River at Carrum, last Sunday aft...

Council wants concrete decision

KINGSTON councillors are trying to ensure a waste transfer hub for Melbourne is not established in Kingston’s Green Wedge. At a special council meeting last week councillors unanimously voted to dire...

MPs trade blame over child detentions

THE blame game between the major political parties over the offshore detention and processing of refugees shows no sign of abating. The release of The Forgotten Children report by the Australian Huma...

Level crossings plan fast tracked

LABOR plans to fast track its plan to remove 50 of Melbourne’s most dangerous level crossings but there is no indication yet on when Kingston road crossings will be separated from railway lines. Prem...