Federal Election 2022
Meet your Monash candidates
The times they are a-changing
May 7, 2022 - Mat Morgan says something has changed when more people are having a go at their Liberal MP than at the guy in a Greens T shirt.
One of us
May 7, 2022 - One Nation’s Allan Hicken says he’s just a blue collar worker who wants the best for his kids.
All at sea
“May 7, 2022 - I’m just a normal guy,” David Welsh (Australian Federation Party) told the candidates forum. Everything he said after that went to prove the opposite.
The paper candidate
May 7, 2022 - The United Australia Party’s Christine McShane lives in Oakleigh but she has visited the Monash electorate!
The numbers game
May 6, 2022 - We all know the game, writes Bass Coast CEO Ali Wastie. It doesn’t matter whether you vote left or right but whether you vote marginal.
Take him or leave him
May 7, 2022 - Liberal Russell Broadbent marches to his own beat, often annoying his own party as much as he does his opponents.
Actions speak louder
May 7, 2022 - Independent Deb Leonard decided to stop complaining about politicians and have a go herself.
The true believer
May 7, 2022 - Labor’s Jessica O’Donnell found her party at the age of 10 and has never wavered.
The contest of ideas
You can credit the socialist democratic paradise of Sweden for making Meg Edwards a Liberal Democrat.
Shock on mine expansion
May 7, 2022 - Mayor says serious community and environmental concerns have been ignored.
May 4, 2022 - Cr Rochelle Halstead welcomes a new fellowship program that plans to get more women to stand for Bass Coast Council.
Harmers swamp 'under threat'
May 4, 2022 - Attempts to subdivide the swamp have been rebuffed for 70 years. John Old hopes the latest attempt will be treated the same way.
What we’re learning from the woodlands
May 5, 2022 - The woodlands campaign is a living example of active hope, writes Laura Brearley.
May 7, 2022 - Dick Wettenhall has won the annual Wonthaggi-Jeetho West-Gurdies Pumpkin Growing Cup for the second year in a row.
May 4, 2022 - Geoff Ellis celebrates the annual gathering of the comrades under the Wonthaggi mine whistle.
Seven line up against veteran MP
April 21, 2022 - There is just enough happening to suggest the Monash election could be more interesting than it looks on paper.
How to talk to children about climate change
April 21, 2022 - Meg Humphry hopes her new book offers a gentle way into a very tough subject.
Why we do the work
April 22, 2022 - Most of the signs were soon stolen or smashed but the message lives on. Images and photostory by Laura Brearley and Terry Melvin
The space between
April 21, 2022 - Watching a great modern film in her mother tongue, Etsuko Yasunaga revels in the familiar words – and the silence.
In search of Bridget
April 21, 2022 – All Jenny Osler had were a few family stories and three family photos, taken on her great-grandmother’s 80th birthday when she went to live with The Little Sisters of the Poor.
A year through the lens
April 22, 2022 - One student turned up for Geoff Ellis’s first photography class. Since then it’s grown into a group with a focus on friendship as much as learning.
Full strings ahead
April 22, 2022 - If you’ve never heard a mandolin orchestra, Marion Blaze can tell you it’s a unique and thrilling experience
Back to earth
April 22, 2022 - We all have a part to play in regenerating the planet we share, writes Christine Grayden, and Earth Month seems a good time to start.
The ‘climate first’ election
April 21, 2022 -There was an overwhelming message at last weekend’s climate rally, reports Jessica Harrison
Let’s join the dots
April 20, 2022 - Treating Western Port and the region as an entity is the best way to resolve the issues that plague it, writes Neil Daly.
Never mind the devastation; look at the vista
March 9, 2022 - There is nothing in the Distinctive Areas and Landscapes about how to protect our woodlands. There is, however, plenty about how to protect sand mining. Catherine Watson reports
Blue carbon skies ahead
March 8, 2022 – Restoring mangrove, seagrass and saltmarsh ecosystems in Western Port could play a major part in reducing carbon emissions.
The kiosk on the hill
March 8, 2022 - Running the Cape Paterson kiosk was no easy task without electricity, a phone line or toilet, but for newlyweds Janice and Wazza Coldebella it was all part of the adventure.
Covid hits home
March 7, 2022 - Bass Coast Health board director Mim Kershaw knew all the statistics about COVID 19 – but she really didn’t understand the impact until she caught it herself.
Tutus not required
March 7, 2022 - Liane Arno puts her best food forward at Wendy Crellin’s ballet class for seniors.
The non-talking cure
March 7, 2022 - Making art has allowed Maggie Bell to work through the trauma of domestic violence without having to talk about it.
A Day in the Life of the Wonthaggi Wetlands
March 7, 2022 - Photostory by Gayle Marien
What’s in a nickname?
March 8, 2022 – A mate by any other nickname wouldn’t be quite the same. John Coldebella delves into the art of taking the piss.
Crunch time for Inverloch
March 25, 2022 - The mapping is done and now it’s time to make some hard decisions on Inverloch’s eroding coastline. Catherine Watson reports
Ring the changes
March 23, 2022 - Sexual harassment derailed Ali Wastie’s first career. Bass Coast Council’s CEO is determined it won’t happen to anyone else on her watch.
Brown Junior steps up
March 26, 2022 - Local Liberal powerbroker Alan Brown’s dream of establishing a political dynasty came a step closer when his son Aaron Brown was selected as the Liberal Party candidate for Bass.
Back to nature
March 25, 2022 - Residents of our coastal hamlets value their connection to nature, writes Emily Clarke, so don’t try to turn them into suburbia.
Your election form guide
March 25, 2022 - Neil Daly grades the parties on their election policies for Western Port and environs.
Push and pull
March 25, 2022 - Donna Wright’s exhibition explores the way the natural world refuses to be subjugated by humans. Review by Ellen Hubble.
March 26, 2022 - Lauren Burns talks about her new book: part memoir, part detective novel, and part warning on the global assisted reproduction industry.
March 24, 2022 - Harry Freeman’s cautionary tale about a backgammon game with a Kurdish carpet seller that nearly ended his marriage
Short and sweet
March 25, 2022 - Marny Javornik prepares to hunker down and enjoy Bass Coast’s inaugural film festival.
Where are the women?
March 25, 2022 - It can be hard to find the women in Bass Coast’s local history. To mark Women’s History Month, Christine Grayden points to some online resources.
Summer of strangeness
March 23, 2022 - Feral tomatoes, transgender nuts and ravenous birds … summer was full of surprises for local gardeners, reports John Coldebella
Cooking with Pip
March 25, 2022 - Blackberries and blood plums make this crumble a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
Bass Coast’s 50-year plan
March 10, 2022 - Township boundaries revised; disappointment for woodlands group.
March 9, 2022 - Three women with very different stories … Rebecca Slavin, Emma Grabham and Sally Conning each recall a moment when their life changed.
The good life reimagined
March 10, 2022 - In the midst of a climate emergency and housing crisis, Zoe Geyer imagines a sustainable tomorrow for her daughter.
Too close to home
March 10, 2022 - Local people are being forced to leave Bass Coast because they cannot find a place to rent. Helen Searle wants action.
A taste of paradise
March 9, 2022 - Desperate to escape the COVID misery of Phillip Island, Rory Marshall packed up the van and headed north to a new life.
Sign of the times
March 9, 2022 - Clearing vegetation for the new Inverloch pathway reveals a sign erected by the council warning against the clearing of vegetation.
March 9, 2022 - The old Mazda has served Michael Nugent well but he’s ready for the EV revolution. He invites us to join him on the journey.
Any which way
March 7, 2022 - John Coldebella reckons you can pick a Wonthaggi local by the distinctive sense of direction.
A different kind of summer visitor
March 7, 2022 - Gayle Marien is lucky enough to observes a leaf-curling spider at work.
The next small thing
March 9, 2022 - Ed Thexton reports on the latest in nest box technology, including new methods to deter Indian mynas and other raiders.
Treasures in the woodlands
March 9, 2022 - Tim Herring's close encounter with a mighty monitor lizard in the Western Port Woodlands.
Deliver us our daily bread
March 9, 2022 - Wonthaggi’s Country Style bread was delivered by generations of locals and horses who knew every customer.
Feb 23, 2022 - Dave Sutton calls for some fine tuning of the proposed inland pathway route between Inverloch and Wonthaggi to retain mature bushland, while Dave Drummond explains why a coastal route isn’t feasible.
A recipe for fun
Feb 23, 2022 - Bass Valley Primary School students will be watching with interest to see how “their mangroves” perform over the coming years. Neil Daly was there to watch the muddy adventure.
Summer bliss with a twist
Feb 25, 2022 - A close encounter reminds Linda Cuttriss that humans aren’t the only ones enjoying the great ocean. Cartoon by Natasha Williams-Novak.
Jonathon Livingston Seagull: the final chapter
Feb 25, 2022 - If you see a seagull at Cape Paterson, say hello from Harry Freeman.
Island of plenty
Feb 25, 2022 - Crayfish, whiting, mutton birds, rabbits ... there was full and plenty on Phillip Island if you knew where to look for it., wrote Norm Jenner
Rescue at the Bridge
Feb 23, 2022 - In the 2021 Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction, Garfield writer Roman Kulkewycz was commended for Rescue at the Bridge, his vivid account of a bad flood and a brave rescue
Time and motion
Feb 25, 2022 - Outdoor adventures bring Etsuko Yasunaga exhilarating new perspectives and welcome encounters with friends and strangers.
Feb 23, 2022 - As Jan Cheshire hangs up the cooking apron after nine years with the Post, we welcome Pip (Philippa) Sibley, one of Melbourne’s most acclaimed chefs.
Cooking with Pip
Feb 25, 2022 - Choose the best and ripest tomatoes you can find for this sensational seasonal focaccia, a favourite of Pip Sibley.
A feast of good gardening
Feb 25, 2022 - The inaugural Bass Coast Edible Gardens Festival hit the spot, writes Maddy Harford.
Independent spices up Monash election
Feb 11, 2022 - An independent candidate adds an element of uncertainty in the very safe Liberal seat of Monash.
Same old story
Feb 11, 2022 - When Frank Coldebella saw the front page headlines about a bike path in the Sentinel Times, he had a sense of deja vu.
Where we belong
Feb 11, 2022 - Walking on the Corinella foreshore, Alison Normanton vows to do her bit to preserve it for future generations.
Big cat sighting adds to mystery
Feb 11, 2022 - The Grantville area has long been a hot spot for big cat sightings. Meryl Tobin reports
Jonathon Livingston Seagull: a diary
Feb 11, 2022 - When Harry Freeman rescued a seagull, he had no idea the bird was taking notes.
Saved by Martha, Two sticks of Wood and a Woolly Sheep
Feb 11, 2022 - Leongatha writer Leonie Margetts was highly commended in the 2022 Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction for her memoir of a devastating grief and the surprising way she survived it.
Feb 11, 2022 - Another summer, another year of traffic chaos in Cowes. It doesn’t have to be this way, writes Christine Grayden.
Kings of the road
Feb 11, 2022 - This weekend’s Tour of Gippsland is a welcome return of elite cycling to a shire with a proud cycling history going back over a century.
A star turn
Feb 11, 2022 - John Coldebella finds himself mesmerised by the evening primrose show.
Jan 28, 2022 - Australia Day, 2022 … In the shade of a casuarina tree, overlooking a glittering Andersons Bay, two women are undoing some of the wrongs of the past. Catherine Watson reports
It’s time we set the agenda
Jan 28, 2022 - If Western Port is to be saved, ‘the people’ have to set the agenda for the politicians to follow, writes Neil Daly.
Jan 28, 2022 - Josh Latham has plenty of reasons to get out of bed early these days. Now he’s inviting business leaders to join him for breakfast. Geoff Ellis reports
‘We shouldn’t have to live like this’
Jan 28, 2022 - This week Jan Fleming did something she never thought she would do: she called a real estate agent to come and give an estimate on her house.
Arsonist strikes again
Jan 28, 2022 - Four fires in the past fortnight revive memories of the infamous arsonist who terrorised Wonthaggi in 2015.
23 signs you have it
Jan 28, 2022 - Unfortunately there’s no vaccine against pandemic craziness, writes Christine Grayden.
Wallace Avenue Community Park, Inverloch
Jan 28, 2022 - Inverloch writer Judy Vradenburg won third prize in the 2021 Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction with this absorbing insider’s account of the realities of community activism.
Nothing to hide
Jan 28, 2022 - Francesca Curtis was buried n the beautiful Phillip Island cemetery in the midst of a spectacular electrical storm that seemed apt to mark the life of a freedom fighter.
A feast of garden ideas
Jan 28, 2022 - Bass Coast gardeners will show and tell all in the inaugural Edible Gardens Open Weekend.
Stories of us
Jan 28, 2022 - Interviews with farmers, hoteliers, an artist and a newspaper editor provide a fascinating insight into Phillip Island’s rich history, writes Andrea Cleland.
Rally Round the dunes
Jan 12, 2022 - More than 250 people braved strong easterly winds on the Inverloch surf beach on Wednesday to call for urgent action to save the disappearing sand dunes.