Author: Bayside News

By TIM FLANNERY I GREW up beside Port Phillip, just up the road from Melbourne’s most striking natural feature, the Red Bluff cliffs. In those easier days I was allowed to wander to the beach to fish, beachcomb or swim. When I was 10 I took up snorkelling and at 15 scuba diving. From Sandringham to Mornington I came to know Port Phillip’s waters intimately. I loved it in all of its seasons – even mid-winter, when my face would ache from the freezing water. In that season life was in suspended animation – like a frozen tableau – but the…

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THE state government is moving to stop “misleading and unfair practices” by private car park operators. Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett said some operators in pay and display car parks were issuing unenforceable payment notices which were “dressed up” to look like fines. These fines can be between $80 to $100 per ticket and, if people don’t pay the fines, debt collectors are sent after them. Some Victorians have told the Consumer Action Law Centre that the companies, their lawyers and debt collectors were using harassing tactics in pursuit of questionable demands for payment. Recent decisions from the Supreme Court…

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A 12-YEAR-OLD boy was terrified when a man confronted him in Bruce Park, Frankston, on Tuesday (9 June) and demanded his Giant bike and wallet, which was empty. The boy was riding home from Frankston High School at 3.50pm when the man stood in his path. The man’s right hand was concealed in his jacket pocket but police believe he carried a black handled knife. The man is described as Caucasian, early 20s, tall, skinny and with black facial stubble. He was wearing a black hoodie and denim jeans. He was last seen riding across Bruce Park. Police later retrieved…

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A CARRUM Downs man died after being crushed by earth-moving equipment he was operating in Moorhen Cr on Thursday. The 36 year old, a licensed operator, was landscaping the front yard of his home when he is believed to have jumped out of the machine and caught between the descending bucket and the frame. Sergeant Mark Sims, of Carrum Downs police, said the man died instantly. He was found by family members. Police and WorkSafe inspectors are compiling a brief for the Coroner. First published in the Frankston Times – 15 June 2015

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MPNFL clubs should be moving as quickly as possible to take control of their own destiny, according to the man who led the charge for Casey Cardinia Football League to defect from the MPNFL two years ago. Narre Warren Football Club president and South East Football Netball League board member, Kahl Heinze, said if clubs wanted a future and to remain relevant in local football in their community, they needed to take action and break ties with the MPNFL immediately. Heinze said the management of the league from a board and administration perspective was “blatantly incompetent”. “These guys that run…

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