Archive for November, 2014

Bruce awarded life membership

BRUCE Standfield was awarded a life membership of The Fish Creek Landcare Group at the group’s recent annual general meeting. Bruce, a dairy farmer for many years in the Hoddle […]

Council aims to please

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is taking a multi-faceted approach to improving its poor standing in the community. Councillors were disappointed when the results of the 2014 Community Satisfaction Survey came […]

Council divided on prudent budgeting

UNDETERRED by all his previous failed attempts on the very same issue, Cr Don Hill tried yet again at the October meeting of South Gippsland Shire Council to get Council […]

Council forum to help new young drivers have a smart safe summer

TO SUPPORT young learner or probationary drivers to keep safe on the roads over summer, South Gippsland Shire Council and the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation will hold a […]

Cr Harding is Mayor

COASTAL Promontory Ward Councillor and long-time Toora resident Jeanette Harding is the new Mayor of South Gippsland Shire. Deputy Mayor is Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks. Determined to present a united front, […]

Dairy industry laps up China trade agreement

DAIRY farmers are expected to be the big winners from the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed last week. The FTA will see dairy tariffs, which can be as high […]

Deadline looms for OurSay on our shire spending

THE people of South Gippsland have only a couple more days to let South Gippsland Shire Council know via OurSay where Budget dollars should best be spent. At a cost […]

Master Plan for Fish Creek Hall

IT IS widely used and much loved, but the Fish Creek Memorial Hall, built in 1930, has seen better days. The volunteers on the hall’s committee of management are keen […]

NBN benefits regional centres, but rural Australia is still left wanting


Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull reiterated the importance of the National Broadband Network (NBN) for regional and rural Australia in an address to the NBN Rebooted conference in Sydney last week: […]

Pools are top priority

LOUD and clear the message has been given to South Gippsland Shire Council that its ratepayers value their swimming pools. The swimming pools at Foster and Mirboo North head the […]

Port Welshpool Coast Guard to get bigger, better boat

PORT Welshpool Coast Guard is to get a larger patrol boat, thanks to the Victorian Government approving the transfer of a former police vessel. Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny […]

Real need for library space

FOSTER’s library is bursting at the seams. The Friends of Corner Inlet Libraries are determined to do something about it and are asking the community to help. “We have made […]

South Gippsland remembers

REMEMBRANCE Day, held onTuesday November 11, saw thousands of people across the nation attend ceremonies commemorating the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Foster A […]

The noodle-bowl effect: Australian trade is increasingly complex

The China-Australia FTA

Are Australia’s dairy exports to China really a priority for the Abbott government, as Tony has been proclaiming in an attempt to improve his popularity ratings, or is the Chine-Australia Free Trade […]

What future for Foster? The people to decide

THE Foster Community Association (FCA) is looking to the State Election on November 29 as an opportunity to plan Foster’s future with input from the community. On polling day the […]

Wire rope safety barriers for highway to Foster

VICROADS sent out a media release last week saying that “road safety improvement works” would be beginning “this week” on the South Gippsland Highway between Stony Creek and Foster. “Motorists […]