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Football failure – Clubs go their separate ways

IT was decided at a meeting of all Alberton Football Netball League clubs last Thursday that it’s every club for themselves as the AFNL looks dead in the water after […]

Foster Fete Fun

FOSTER Primary School’s 2018 fete has been declared “brilliant” by principal Lorraine Gurnett. She used another superlative to describe the community support: “Beautiful.” Of course, Lorraine was not the only […]

(Council) not swimming in cash

THERE was a clear message coming out of South Gippsland Shire Council’s public briefing session last Wednesday: despite reports to the contrary, Council is “not swimming in cash”. Council’s Manager […]

Library bus to close

WEST Gippsland Library has announced that its mobile book service will cease operation by June 30, 2019. “Only a small number of people actively use the mobile library, with numbers […]

AFNL hung out to dry

AFL Victoria’s Appeal Panel has upheld an appeal against Recommendation 1 of AFL Gippsland’s Leagues and Competitions Review Final Recommendations Report. The panel reviewed the appeal opposing AFL Gippsland’s proposal […]

Byron gets his dog

SPOILER alert: Byron Doran is going to get his dog. It’s a chocolate Labrador called Zeus. The 15-year-old Foster Secondary College student will travel up to Sydney with mum and […]

School rebuild promised

MEMBER for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has pledged $2.5 million to rebuild the Foster Primary School if the Liberal National coalition is elected at the November 24 state election. Talking […]

Foster RSL to unveil new honour roll

Invitation to descendants of World War 1 enlistees to attend AN event of significant historical interest to the community is set to happen in Foster on Remembrance Day, November 11, […]

Kiel replacement announced

WHILE former councillors Jim Fawcett and Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks were the touted front runners for the positioned vacated by Cr Maxine Kiel, an outsider stole the crown. Allambee South’s Rosemary Cousin […]

Paint our Town Community Art Project in Toora

SUNDAY October 14 saw the completion of the “Paint our Town” Art Project in Toora. Under the expert direction of lead artist Leila Boakes and Liz Zanella, 60 energetic volunteers […]

Bank comes back to Meeniyan

MEENIYAN celebrated last Friday, with the opening of a Bendigo Bank outlet at the IGA Supermarket. It’s been a long time coming, with many a hurdle along the way. But […]

Making Foster shine

FOSTER businesswoman Shelley Brewer believes a plan to see the town covered in gold stars this Christmas would be a perfect “celebration of community”. The Foster Chamber of Commerce member […]

Winners picked

TWO local projects have been given the green light for funding after a hotly contested ‘Pick My Project’ initiative. Securing 183 votes and 180 respectively, OSCA – The Fish Creek […]

No show for 2019

THE Foster & District Show is ready to go into hiatus – with the committee voting at last night’s meeting (Tuesday, October 9) to have a year’s break and stage […]

Communication breakdown

AN apparent communication breakdown over Telstra works in the main street of Foster has drawn the ire of a local trader. Foster businesswoman Deb Harris said she had no forewarning […]

Call for negative rate rise

CR Don Hill has argued for two years of negative rate rises, saying South Gippsland Shire Council was “rolling in funds”. The comments came after a strong draft Annual Financial […]

Council votes yes to toolkit

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has voted yes to applying for funding for the South Gippsland Business Associations Good Governance Toolkit. Given a successful application, the $60,000 project will be financed […]

Dreaming of a book launch

FISH Creek author Liz Farrell will officially launch her young adult fantasy novel Willow Bloom and the Dream Keepersat Gecko Gallery on Friday (October 5) from 5pm to 7pm. Writing […]

Locals lead drought relief

LOCALS are being called on to help farmers battling the worst drought in a century. South Gippsland Lions clubs and the Fish Creek based charity ‘Truckin’ Feed a Farmer’ are […]

Top marks for Kerri

POPULAR Fish Creek Primary School teacher Kerri Smith has been shortlisted for the Victorian public school “teacher of the year” award. The Outstanding Primary Teacher honour is among the most […]

Show could be cancelled

THE coming Foster & District Agricultural Show may not be staged, as the committee struggles to secure the services of a secretary. Speaking to The Mirror, show committee president Noel Afflitto said […]

Cash splash at Toora

THE Toora Swimming Pool will receive Stage 2 Development funding of $250,000 from the State Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.  The news came via Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet […]

AFNL – Fish Creek and Foster prevail

WITH the draft recommendations coming out on Friday night prior to Saturday’s grand finals at Meeniyan, the gloss was taken off what could have been the last grand finals ever […]

Watershed moment – SGW looks at move away from Foster

SOUTH Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis would not say whether the corporation would move its Foster headquarters to another town.  A move to Leongatha has been rumoured. Essential […]

New drilling operation for Esso

ESSODeepwater Gippsland has commenced an offshore exploration drilling program in the Gippsland Basin to search for new sources of gas. The company is drilling two exploration wells, known as Baldfish and […]

More people needed: CEO

PROM Country Aged Care CEO Rhett McLennan is urging more people to put their hand up for a spot on the not-for-profit’s board.  “We, as an organisation, are always looking […]

Ethan and Jesse share top award

– Life membership to Ralph Hubbert THE Alberton Football Netball League held their  vote count and presentation night last Saturday night at the Toora Hall with the Toora Football Netball […]

First report for SGSC monitor

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s Municipal Monitor Peter Stephenson has delivered the first of a series of reports to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz. Mr Stephenson, who was appointed to […]

Reprieve for Welshpool kinder

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will spend $30,000 on a feasibility study into the viability of placing kindergartens on primary school sites at Toora and Welshpool. Cr Ray Argento made an […]

Finishing touches on PCAC extension

LAST week saw Prom Country Aged Care put the finishing touches to its extension, which has added an extra seven rooms to the facility. Six are two-bedroom sized, while the […]

Thieves target Port Franklin

THERE’S a group of angry fishermen in Port Franklin searching for two thieves.  And God help the pair if the townspeople ever discover their identities. The opportunistic duo raided 20 […]

Kinder move fears for Welshpool

BUSINESSMAN Eddie Fowler fears that any push to move Welshpool’s kinder could mean “another nail” in the town’s coffin. Today (Wednesday, August 22), South Gippsland Shire Council will vote on […]

Fighting local poverty

FOSTER’S frontline soldiers in the fight against poverty were gathered in town last week, receiving some tips from an expert in the field. Manna Gum Community House’s Community Development Coordinator […]

More Prom Coast Festival News

THE Prom Coast Festival provides a focus for community engagement and for showcasing the exciting opportunities available in the shire for both locals and tourists. The biennial Festival, now in […]

Call to arms

Brigade asks for more volunteers FOSTER Fire Brigade captain David Jones is relieved a recent call out to fight a blaze at South Gippsland Hospital proved to be a false […]

Emergency call on ACO’s

AMBULANCE Victoria Team Manager Leigh Nichols-Thompson is calling on more volunteers to bolster the service’s ranks. “We’re looking for more people to become ACO’s (Ambulance Community Officers). The training is […]

Nominate an Aussie champ

NOMINATIONS are now open for the South Gippsland Australia Day Awards. The awards provide an opportunity to recognise people in our community who go above and beyond. Awards are now […]

Planning for the best

THERE’S a rumbling discontent in the Mount Best community, as people consider the future for a plan that doesn’t fit an easy planning mould. A recent town hall meeting attended […]

No laughing matter

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council monitor Peter Stephenson believes some councillors may not have taken his appointment seriously. “I believe there are some who think it’s a bit of a joke […]

Stock alert rejected by Council

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s Cr Meg Edwards’ plan to see an electronic alert raised for when stock strayed on to local roads, was voted down by fellow councillors. Cr Edwards […]


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