Hastings

Hastings port expansion to over-burden Melbourne's roads and rail lines, report finds

Hastings.

Adam Carey and Josh Gordon A plan to develop a huge container port at Hastings south-east of Melbourne could put an impossible strain on the city’s roads and busiest rail lines and potentially drive up the cost of...

Robber Gavin Perry on parole when he killed Hastings jeweller Dermot O'Toole, court told

Dermot O'Toole and wife Bridget.

Mark Russell The man who fatally a stabbed Hastings jeweller during a botched robbery was on parole after having been jailed for previous armed robberies, a court has heard.

Attacker 'screamed something' before Hastings jeweller Dermot O'Toole was stabbed

Steve Butcher She met Dermot O'Toole in Dublin when she was six, they became friends at Irish dancing and in 1972 the couple came to Australia for a change of lifestyle.

Labor jettisons backing for Hastings port

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Josh Gordon State Labor will abandon support for a new container port at Hastings, instead flagging plans for a massive new terminal on the other side of Port Phillip Bay between Geelong and Werribee.

Port of Hastings allocated $110m

Jason Dowling The Port of Hastings will be confirmed as Melbourne's next major container port with $110 million over four years committed for design and planning work.

Arrest on killing of Hastings jeweller

Red roses and dozens of other flower bouquets build up on the footpath outside the Jewel Shed.

Chris Hingston, Nick Toscano and Stephen Cauchi A 26-year-old man has been arrested over the murder of a jeweller who was stabbed to death in his Hastings shop.

Woman dies after being struck by car in Hastings

Craig Butt An elderly woman has died in hospital after being struck by a car while crossing a road in Hastings, in Melbourne's south-east.

Hastings port expansion in doubt as Patrick pulls plug

Patrick Stevedores has told staff that its Hastings operations will be wound back from November.

Josh Gordon Baillieu government's plan for a massive expansion of the Port of Hastings dealt a blow with the port operator confirming it will close operations there.

'No real perceived urgency' to arrest Luke Batty's father before killing, detective tells inquest

Rosie Batty.

Adam Cooper A detective has told the inquest into Luke Batty's murder there was "no real perceived urgency" to try to arrest Greg Anderson in the days before he killed his son.

Refusal to remand Luke Batty's father frustrated police officers, inquest hears

Luke Batty was killed by his father, Greg Anderson, in February.

Adam Cooper A policeman has told the inquest into Luke Batty's death of frustrations he and other officers felt at the refusal of magistrates to remand Greg Anderson - the man who ultimately killed the...

Police unaware of warrants for Luke Batty's father

Luke Batty

Adam Cooper Police missed the chance to arrest Greg Anderson about a fortnight before he killed his son, Luke Batty, because details of arrest warrants were not on the force's database at the time, an inquest...

Councils spend thousands to fight state election issues

An artist's illustration.

Jason Dowling Councillors at Moreland and Yarra have been labelled, "chardonnay-swilling, yoghurt-eating, bike-riding socialists", for opposing the East West Link by a Casey City Councillor.

Giant visitors outgrow Port Phillip's channels

Tim Doldissen video footage

Adam Carey From between the heads of Port Phillip Bay, the Prominent Ace, a giant container ship, is a blip on the horizon that could be mistaken for a whitecap.

Bank chief says Victoria lacks infrastructure

Stephen Cauchi Victoria’s lack of infrastructure remained a major threat to the state’s economic future, according to a speech delivered by Bank of Melbourne chief executive Scott Tanner on Thursday.

Third option emerges for Labor's Bay West port

The orange-bellied parrot.

Adam Carey The orange-bellied parrot, one of Australia’s rarest birds, could again up-end plans for a major project in Victoria, after a study found it likes to feed at a Port Phillip Bay site Labor is...

Labor floats plan for giant pier out into Port Phillip in its Bay West port plan

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Adam Carey Labor is considering building a giant, hook-shaped pier stretching about eight kilometres into the sea as a way to make good on its proposal to build a new container port in the west of Port Phillip...

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From the Ballroom to the tears

Mik Grigg Amid the midday Collins Street greys, the cast of Strictly Ballroom, The Musical appeared like exotic birds.

$40m in new police stations unlikely get 24-hour staff or be at full capacity for years

Nino Bucci Police stations worth almost $40 million are unlikely to have 24-hour rosters, or be staffed to capacity for years, despite state government commitments.

Victorian independents gear up for state election

Cathy McGowan MP for Indi join new members of the House of Representatives to attend an induction seminar in Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 15 October 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Henrietta Cook and Richard Willingham Inspired by the success of Indi MP Cathy McGowan but keen to distance themselves from rogue balance-of-power MP Geoff Shaw, a handful of eager independents are eyeing off the November state election.

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