Author: Brodie Cowburn

A FRANKSTON resident has been charged with drug trafficking after police discovered what they say is more than $10 million worth of methyl-amphetamine last week. Police seized more than 15 kilograms of the drug after pulling over a tow truck with Victorian plates in Wodonga, 20 July. The car was pulled over by officers as part of Operation Sentinel, enforcing Victoria’s lockdown. Police allege that they found the drugs during a search of the tow truck. A statement from Victoria Police read “a subsequent forensic examination confirmed the substance concealed within the vehicle was more than 15kg of methyl-amphetamine, estimated…

Read More

VICTORIA’S lockdown has been extended by a week to help combat the current outbreak of COVID-19. On 20 July, 13 new locally acquired cases of coronavirus were confirmed. Of those, 12 were linked to the current outbreak and one was under investigation. There were 96 active cases. There is one active COVID-19 case among residents from the Kingston local government area. The Coles at Westfield Southland in Cheltenham has been listed as a tier two exposure site. Anyone who went to the supermarket on 12 July between 5.45pm and 6.45pm was asked to get tested and isolate until they received…

Read More

ATTENDEES at a Karingal cinema have been thrown into 14 days of isolation after a COVID-19 positive case saw a film there. The Karingal Village Cinemas has been listed as a tier one exposure site by the Department of Health. A person attended a screening of Black Widow in cinema seven from 6pm until 8:30pm on 12 July, then later tested positive for COVID-19. Anyone else who also attended the Black Widow screening has been told to isolate for two weeks. Chemist Warehouse Karingal has been listed as a tier two exposure site. Visitors to the chemist between 5.40pm and…

Read More

FOOTPATHS in Edithvale. Pictures: Supplied CONCERNS have been raised about the state of footpaths in Edithvale. The paths have been labelled by some as unsafe and dangerous, with cracks forming and makeshift repairs becoming uneven. The issue was brought to the attention of Kingston councillors during their budget debate last month. Councillors voted to not rectify the issue as a priority in the existing infrastructure line items within their budget. Kingston councillor Georgina Oxley, who supported the move to find funding for repairs, said “we were contacted last year by Edithvale Collective raising issues with footpaths. [Cr David Eden] went…

Read More

THE gloves were off during last year’s Kingston Council election. A new Local Government Inspectorate report has revealed that more complaints were made in the Kingston area during local council elections than almost any other municipality. Just three local government areas statewide had more complaints made. Five per cent of all complaints made in 2020 Victorian council elections were from the Kingston LGA. Of the 79 councils statewide, Kingston ranked fourth for complaints with 39. After the release of the report in June, Chief Municipal Inspector Michael Stefanovic AM said “we saw trends and heard anecdotal evidence that the behaviour…

Read More