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Phone and Internet problems in Toora

BUSINESSES in Toora’s Main Street have been in all sorts of trouble with internet and phone line troubles since last Thursday. At the busiest time of the year, these problems […]

Council to Convene Community Clusters

COUNCILvoted on December 19 to commence establishing community clusters across South Gippsland. It is anticipated that formalised clusters of communities could be of significant value to both local communities and […]

Port Welshpool Long Jetty Opened

ALTHOUGH the rehabilitation of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty is still ongoing, the Project Control Group has confirmed the facility will be open from COB Friday, December 21. The unofficial […]

PCAC names new CEO

JUSTIN Wightman has been named as the new CEO of Prom Country Aged Care in Foster. Mr Wightman – currently the Executive Manager of Corporate Services at the Australian Childhood […]

Cat curfew for Shire

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will introduce a 24-hour cat curfew from April 1 next year.  From the same date, dogs will also be required to be on a leash in […]

Why we fell in love (with this area)

LLARRINDA Bed and Breakfast operator and Foster Community Online editor, Linda Giddy, tells us why the region is so special… WE fell in love with this part of Victoria in […]


WHERE has 2018 gone? It only seems like yesterday that the year started, but as the days, weeks and months kept rolling by, we find ourselves getting ready to spend […]

Prom Coast Ice Cream exports to Dubai

PROM Coast Ice Cream and Sorbet is delighted to announce their first export shipment -to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This was a culmination of two years hard work […]

Safety fix for older drivers

A ROAD safety initiative between South Gippsland Shire Council, Police, VicRoads, a truck driver and a pharmacist has been targeting older drivers through local Probus clubs. According to Council’s road […]

Fishy walk unveiled

FOSTER Rotary recently celebrated the official opening of the Loader Walk track at Fish Creek. The track was completed as a way of leaving a lasting reminder of the 50th anniversary […]

Local grants success

TWENTY-ONE applicants have been awarded money under South Gippsland Shire Council’s first round of the 2018/19 Community Grants Program, sharing $130,950. Recipients were officially announced at a Council event last […]

Funding received for Court Street, Foster

COUNCIL has successfully sought $540,000 for the reconstruction of Court Street, Foster between Station Road and Nelson Street. The money, from Regional Roads Victoria, will be used for:the reconstruction of […]

Broadbent rejects refugee bill

MEMBER for McMillan Russell Broadbent has rejected a parliamentary bill that would see refugees in offshore detention brought to the Australian mainland for medical treatment. Mr Broadbent has crossed the […]

Progress at Agnes Falls

PROGRESS is at last being made in the construction of a cantilevered viewing platform at Agnes Falls. The proposed $520,000 project – allocated funding by South Gippsland Shire Council in […]

Operation Slow Down

EMERGENCY Services personnel were out in force on Saturday, urging motorists to slow down when they see flashing lights. The Foster-based “Operation Slow Down” – part of a Victoria-wide push […]

Council votes on caravan parks

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has voted unanimously to rescind last year’s decision to establish a Caravan and Camping Park Committee. The initial decision, made at Council’s September 27, 2017, was […]

Why a music festival?

IT’S simple really. The Prom Coast and surrounds is recognised globally for its spectacular scenery, natural beauty, abundant wildlife and pristine beaches. These elements and the laidback lifestyle has attracted […]

Council Yes to Plan

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has voted unanimously to adopt the strategies outlined in its 2018/19 Long Term Financial Plan. “This is a good story for Council,” Cr Andrew McEwen declared. […]

Xavier sparks Power

FOSTER’S Xavier Duursma’s dreams came true last Thursday when he was drafted by the Port Adelaide Football Club with pick 18 in the National Draft. The Foster junior, the son […]

Hill climbs to top

CR DON Hill has been elevated to the position of South Gippsland Shire Council Mayor after a vote last Wednesday (November 21) in Leongatha. He replaces Cr Lorraine Brunt in […]

Ribbon cut at PCAC

MEMBER for McMillan Russell Broadbent cut the ribbon at the official opening of Prom Country Aged Care’s extension last Friday (November 23). The extra seven rooms, spacious outdoor space and […]

Top prize for Alison

FISH Creek gallery owner Alison Lester has claimed the coveted Melbourne Prize for Literature, pocketing a cool $60,000. The Melbourne Prize operates on a three-year cycle and honours sculptors, musicians […]

Big plus for Toora

LAST Thursday ViPlus Dairy CEO Jon McNaught was at the centre of happy cross-cultural exchange. With 50-odd buyers from China enjoying a tour of the Toora factory and a small […]

Stony Creek season set to kick off with a cocktail

LEADING Cranbourne trainer, Michael Kent, will join members and friends of the Stony Creek Racing Club for the launch of the 2018/19 season racing season at Stony Creek this Friday, […]

Reason to care

FOR Foster’s John and Valda Lanigan it was an easy decision. Once the couple discovered South Gippsland Hospital was offering Home Care Packages, the only question was, how quickly can […]

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 […]


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