Tired of waiting for federal action on climate change, councils and communities - including Bass Coast - are leading the way.
As the Coles plastic bag debate raged, Susan Hall watched another plastic disaster unfold on Inverloch beach.
By Pete Granger
RECENTLY I visited the abandoned St Paul’s Boys’ Home at Newhaven. I was amazed at the beauty of the Romanesque buildings and chapel. No problem gaining open access. Doors and windows smashed wide open, graffiti, filth, beautiful timber fittings pilfered. Just appalling. I had to keep reminding myself these openly accessible buildings are listed by the National Trust and on the Victorian Heritage Database.
Councillors have to make some tough choices, but shaving 30 local jobs would diminish our community, argues Neil Rankine.
By Caroline Giles
THE Westernport Peninsula Protection Council’s award for the stupidest idea of 2018 goes to Daniel Andrew and Malcolm Turnbull for their plan to turn brown coal into hydrogen and export it out of Hastings.
Kawasaki, J Power and Iwatani propose to export hydrogen gas from Hastings made from Loy Yang’s brown coal. This involves partially burning brown coal at Loy Yang.
By Janice Orchard
LAST week my partner was in hospital in Melbourne and I was staying in an apartment within five minutes’ walk so I could be with him through the day.
At night after visiting hours ended at 8pm I would walk back to my digs. It was on these walks that I found how very long five minutes could be. Very much aware of my surroundings, I held my umbrella and keys in my hands ready to defend myself. Every man on the street made me uneasy. They may have simply been on their way home from work to their own families but I still saw them as a threat.
On International Women's Day, Pamela Rothfield looks forward to the day when no one will be surprised to see a woman driving a petrol tanker.
You probably wouldn’t be staying in the Miners Rest Caravan Park or Motel if you had somewhere else to go. With a major redevelopment planned for the landmark Wonthaggi site, Tom McNish finds residents face an uncertain future.
By John Eddy
Long-time resident and much-loved Island identity Cherry McFee was farewelled by the Phillip Island community recently at a large funeral at St Philips Anglican Church, Cowes. She was approaching 94.
It’s not for the faint-hearted but diver David Haintz discovers a gorgeous new world beneath the San Remo Pier.
A car ferry would see Phillip Island evolve from a “dead-end destination” into the new gateway to Bass Coast and beyond, writes Rob Easton.
The strategies are in place to protect Phillip island for future generations, writes Phil Wright. The question now is whether we have the will.
An exhibition of vintage couture in Wonthaggi originated in one woman’s passion for fashion.
Born and bred in Wonthaggi, Jill Muir loved to share her knowledge and passion for the area with visitors and newcomers to the town.
Keen city cyclist Paris Pollock and his partner sample the Phillip Island coastal bike trail and find plenty to like and a few niggles.
Sarah Roycroft looks back in wonder on her pre-retirement dreams.
Bass Coasters reflect on Wednesday’s momentous events when it became clear that the last bastion of official discrimination against LGBTI people was about to fall.
As a veteran of the campaign against desalination, John Gemmell won't fall for Peter Garrett again.
MP Melina Bath says that of the 2000 people who have contacted her on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, just 200 were in favour.
A small Japanese cottage in Wonthaggi marks the year Mark Gross got his life back on the rails.
Daniel Mulino explains why he’ll be voting against the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.
MPs are feeling the weight of community expectation as they consider a bill to enable voluntary assisted dying, writes Harriet Shing.
A sudden serious illness prompts Robyn Arianrhod to think about the contrasting approaches of three very different hospitals.
A bucket of chips. Really? Fresh from New Zealand, Megan Watson tries to navigate the local language and culture.