Archive for July, 2010

A sign that Toora is acknowledged

LOCALS all know where Toora is, but with much of the town tucked away out of sight from the South Gippsland Highway, its good news that VicRoads has agreed to […]

August 21 for Federal Election

THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has announced a federal election for Saturday August 21. The Corner Inlet area is in the electorate of McMillan, currently held by the Liberal Party […]

Bridge almost ready

THE Dyrings Road bridge over Stockyard Creek at Foster is very close to being re-opened. If it doesn’t occur today, the bridge should be open by the end of this […]

Cancer Helpline

For the cost of a local call, specially trained staff can answer questions about all aspects of cancer, including prevention, early detection and treatment. Call from 8.30 am to 8 […]


We can assist with enquiries, advice, internet job searches, help with paperwork, photocopying, faxing forms and use of phone for Centrelink information.  When:  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to […]

Commonwealth Carelink Centre Phone Line

Older people, people with disabilities and those who provide care and services can access information about many types of assistance, from personal care and domestic help to accommodation in nursing […]

Confidence slow to build over small rural lots

CRANKING open the window of opportunity for planning applications for development of houses on vacant small rural lots in the Farming Zone following the Planning Minister’s Amendment C51 to South […]

Council urged to support sustainability

THE need to transition to more sustainable agriculture was one of the first issues covered last Wednesday by community members presenting to South Gippsland Shire Council under its new system. […]


Ailsa Brown is a registered psychologist and secondary teacher.  She offers counselling and psychological services for a wide range of psychological, social and emotional issues.  She is at the Foster […]

Dads in Distress

If you are finding it hard to deal with the break-up of a marriage, depression, child access, family court or just need someone to talk to, Dads in Distress is […]

Dementia Helpline (Alzheimers Australia)

This 24-hour service is for people with demential, their family and carers.  We provide: Understanding and support Practical information and advice Up-to-date written material about dementia Information about other services […]

Eastern area communities progressing

LAST week’s update meeting of key participants in the Toora, Welshpool and Districts Community Strengthening Project highlighted the progress underway and positive outlook for community organisations in Toora, Welshpool, Port […]

Foster museum

Foster museum

Foster’s Museum is a treasure trove of memorabilia from Foster’s rich and colourful past. Stop in to see how the district developed – from the discovery of gold in 1870 […]

Friends of the Great Southern Rail Trail

The Friends of The Great Southern Rail Trail is a non profit community organisation that aims to promote, help and lobby for the growth of The Great Southern Rail Trail. […]

Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum – Port Albert

Port Albert is a secluded and natural beauty spot about 45 minutes drive from Foster.  It has a fascinating early history, which has been relatively untouched until recent times. On […]

Have your say on redevelopment at Tidal River

PARKS Victoria is seeking comments on a draft concept plan for the redevelopment of the former works depot site at Tidal River. Chief Ranger Wilsons Promontory National Park Craig Stubbings […]

Inevitable changes urge on sustainability

WITH 110 participants representing individuals, organisations and viewpoints from across the Shire, South Gippsland Shire’s Sustainability Forum – held at Leongatha last Wednesday as the final community input to the […]

Major restructure at Council

A DRAFT organisational restructure plan distributed among South Gippsland Shire Council staff for comment before final adoption proposes significant changes with a re-allocation of departments, a flatter hierarchy, five strategic […]

Manna Gum Community House

Manna Gum Community House (formerly Foster and District Community House and Learning Centres Inc) is a not-for-profit organisation run by a community-based Committee of Management.  We offer a range of […]

More funds, more fun for Foster Playgroup

FOSTER Playgroup held a very successful fundraiser at its most recent gathering in Foster Scout Hall last Wednesday. Sales from three popular stalls contributed to the fundraiser. Janine Garvey offered […]

New Council structure confirmed

IN the confirmed internal organisational re-structure of South Gippsland Shire Council which will take effect from November 1, there will be four ‘service’ Directorates, so titled to emphasise that the […]

Shire gardens growing green and tasty

SHIRE gardeners have been planting an increasing number of vegetables alongside the flowers in council garden beds in Foster and Toora. “I like the idea of growing something we can […]

Significant Rotary and volunteer work charted

FOSTER Rotary Club’s annual handover dinner on June 28 charted an amazing amount of volunteer work on behalf of local and distant communities across a wide field of interests during […]

Southern Gippsland Wine Trail

Southern Gippsland Wine Trail map

Welcome to mainland Australia’s southern-most wine making area … and possibly the most picturesque. In the cool maritime climate, the boutique wineries consistently produce some of the best Pinot Noir […]

St Vincent de Paul

‘Vinnies’ support and help people in the local community by giving them a hand up – not a hand out.  This is given with love and without judgement, incomplete privacy and […]

Stimulus funding supports tourism & recreation

IT is not definite until Council confirms the decisions with a vote at its meeting on Wednesday July 28. However at this stage it looks likely that Foster North lookout […]

Tarra-Bulga National Park

The 1,560 hectares of this National Park are noted for their moist, lush fern gullies, beautiful tree ferns, towering mountain ash and the famous suspension bridge.  It is one of […]

The wonders of Welshpool

IS IT something in the water? Perhaps it is just all that good clean country air. Guus Kok believes it is good country living which has led to the emergence […]

Toora gets State’s second ‘big fill’ appliance

A FORMAL handover of vehicle keys was loudly applauded as Matt Viney MLC Member for Eastern Victoria officially presided over the presentation of the State’s second-only cab-chassis mounted ‘big fill’ […]