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Rashes, mood swings strike Brookland Greens residents: Mayor

ABOUT 15 residents of Brookland Greens - the estate at the centre of the methane gas scandal - have been complaining of rashes, infected eyes, gastroenteritis, respiratory complaints and mood swings, Casey Mayor Janet Halsall has revealed.

Cr Halsall said a short time ago some people had also told her they were experiencing burning sensations on their faces and especially their lips when they went outside

Show goes on at Carlton’s La Mama

The show will go on at Carlton’s La Mama theatre, after a $1.7 million fundraising effort saved it from extinction.

Theatre organisers reached the target two weeks ahead of their September 30 deadline courtesy of a $175,000 Federal Government grant and $40,000 raised at La Mama’s Big Benefit Bash last week.

Mother of two frogmarched off Yea farm after pipeline protest

A MOTHER of two wept as she was frogmarched off the family farm by police for trying to stop construction of the north-south water pipeline.

As her distressed 80-year-old mother pleaded from her wheelchair for police to arrest her too, Deb Bertalli, 50, was charged with obstructing construction of the Sugarloaf Pipeline.

Platform danger overstated: Connex

CONNEX has rejected claims that overcrowding on city train platforms has become so bad that passengers risk falling on to the tracks.

Commuters have told The Age of fears they would be pushed into the path of trains by surging crowds at Flinders Street Station this week.

Pipe protester arrested on own property

LANDOWNERS planning to resist the Brumby Government's controversial north-south pipe were sent a clear message yesterday when a 50-year-old woman was arrested for obstructing the project.

Less than a week since work started on the 70-kilometre pipeline, Yea farmer Deb McLeish was arrested on her own property when she tried to prevent workers from entering her land to perform surveying works.

Coalition U-turns on pipeline

THE Victorian Coalition has gone back on its pledge not to take water from the controversial north-south pipeline — while the State Government has suggested 165 litres a day is the maximum people should use.

Crowd control for peak hour crush

IMPROVED crowd management techniques are needed to better handle the large numbers of passengers flooding onto Melbourne's trains and platforms at rush hour, the head of Connex says.

Water pipeline a dud, says Flannery

ENVIRONMENTALIST Tim Flannery has condemned Victoria's controversial north-south pipeline, describing the State Government's justification for it as "bullshit".

New population forecast means rethink on urban planning

NEW population projections by the Australian Bureau of Statistics released earlier this month change the ball game with regard to metropolitan planning.

Rashes, mood swings strike Brookland Greens residents: Mayor

ABOUT 15 residents of Brookland Greens - the estate at the centre of the methane gas scandal - have been complaining of rashes, infected eyes, gastroenteritis, respiratory complaints and mood swings, Casey Mayor Janet Halsall has revealed.

Crowd control for peak hour crush

IMPROVED crowd management techniques are needed to better handle the large numbers of passengers flooding onto Melbourne's trains and platforms at rush hour, the head of Connex says.

Diesel spill closes Burnley Tunnel ramps and delays traffic

Mex Cooper  September 24, 2008 - 10:12AM
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A diesel spill has blocked the Burnley Tunnel and delayed traffic on the Westgate Freeway.

- Burnley Tunnel ramps closed
- Diesel spill

Gas-leak estate triggers landfill inquiry

The state's environmental watchdog will investigate all closed landfill sites in Victoria after potentially explosive gas was discovered at a residential estate in Melbourne's south east.

EPA to check on all closed landfill sites

ALL closed landfill sites across Victoria will be investigated by the state's environmental monitor as a result of the potentially explosive gas leak at a Cranbourne housing estate.

Developer's gift to Labor

DONATIONS of $10,000 were made to Victorian Labor by the developer of Cranbourne's Brookland Greens during a dispute over permission to build near landfill.

Questions over checks on gas leak estate

AN ENVIRONMENTAL audit of the Cranbourne housing estate now partially deserted because of a dangerous methane gas leak was not provided to independent valuers 10 years ago when the million-dollar development was first planned.

Council polls send Labor grim message

LABOR'S shellacking in the weekend's council elections in NSW has pushed the Greens to new heights and encouraged Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell to gloat that forthcoming state by-elections could endanger Labor's majority.

Bullshit generates Methane

You’re all familiar with the populist narrative that greenies and lefties are all out-of-touch elites who like to “sneer at” ordinary (suburban, small-town) people.

Melbourne’s councillors put under the microscope

COUNCILLORS will be more accountable to the public under a raft of new changes to legislation, the State Government said today.

Peter Garrett OKs Sugarloaf pipeline

YARRA Valley residents say they are devastated by this afternoon’s Federal Government approval of the controversial Sugarloaf pipeline project.

RACV names intersection of Springvale and Whitehorse roads worst

VICTORIA'S worst intersection has been named following a major survey of more than 6000 frustrated motorists.

Strategy to ease the squeeze

UP TO 20 new six-carriage trains will be ordered to ease overcrowding on Melbourne's rail system.

Housing affordability 'out of control'

The housing affordability crisis in Australia is out of control and Labor plans to bring down the relative cost of purchasing a home, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says.

Foul smell and brown lawn alerted owner

 AT FIRST Judy Whitney thought someone was poisoning her lawn with weed spray. Brown circular patches kept appearing and no amount of careful attention could stop it

Coastal development all at sea over climate

PORT Fairy markets itself as Victoria's most prominent festival town, with good reason. The charming old fishing port on the Great Ocean Road draws tens of thousands of tourists every year to its folk music and cultural events.

Planning tribunal knew of gas risk: EPA

A GOVERNMENT inquiry will try to find out how dangerous gas came to leak from a council tip into a Cranbourne housing estate, exposing residents to an explosion risk.

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