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People of every age turn out for climate action

A crowd of about 250 people of every age and circumstance turned out for climate action at Fish Creek from midday on Friday afternoon September 20, 2019. Babes-in-arms, grand- and […]

The Nutcracker ballet debut for Taj

TALENTEDyoung ballet dancer Taj Cooper of Foster has made his professional debut in The Australian Ballet’s latest production of Peter Wright’s The Nutcrackernow on in the State Theatre at The Arts […]

50 years of movies at Tidal River cinema

MORE than 50 years’ worth of classic, blockbuster and timeless movies may well be on permanent playback in Tidal River Open Air Cinema exhibitor David Lenton’s head. David, together with […]

Foster Library now open all day and night

THE Foster Library is now open all day and night to its many member users and borrowers – but only if they hold their own special 24-hour access key tag. […]

Another south-eastern tour for shire panel

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s administration panel has undertaken another reconnaissance tour of the south-eastern end of the municipality, this time as far afield as the Long Jetty at Port Welshpool. […]

Foster RSL members celebrate the club’s centenary

 A GALA members’ night was held at the RSL rooms last Friday evening to acknowledge and celebrate the Foster RSL Sub-Branch’s centenary. Seventy members and guests filled the recently enlarged […]

Shire panel meets Foster depot staff

THE three members of South Gippsland Shire Council’s administration panel travelled to Foster on Wednesday September 4, 2019 to meet the staff of the municipality’s south area maintenance zone outdoor […]

Year of the Tiger

IT WAS a big day for the Foster Football Netball Club last Saturday when they participated in the 2019 Alberton Football Netball League grand finals at Tarwin. Foster were participating […]

Objectors consider VCAT case against O’Grady’s Ridge plan

OBJECTORSto a 36-bed group accommodation development planned for O’Gradys Ridge Road at Foster North are considering taking their case to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), claiming the tourism […]


THE Prom Coast Film Society’s next screening on Friday 6 September at 7.30pm at Fish Creek Hall is the highly acclaimed Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman (2018), which won the Grand […]

Darcy and Kelsey take out top honours

– Alberton Football Netball League night of nights! It was a big day for not only the Alberton Football Netball League but also the Foster Football Netball Club who catered […]

Second half of SGW petition tabled in Parliament

THE second half of the petition calling for South Gippsland Water’s head office and depot to stay in Foster will be tabled in the Victorian Parliament this week. Gippsland South […]

Getting social soon to be on three times a week

SOUTH Gippsland Hospital in Foster will soon launch new social groups to run each week on a Thursday, alongside the current social groups that are held every Tuesday and Wednesday. […]

Community forum website for eastern townships

SOUTH Gippsland Shire’s easternmost townships now have their own community forum website at www.easterndistrictcluster.com Port Franklin, Toora, Mount Best, Welshpool, Port Welshpool and Hedley and their surrounding districts are members […]

Winter mulching time at Manna Community Garden

IT’S winter mulching time at Manna Community Garden on the corner of Court and Hyland Streets in Foster. Finely shredded plant matter was being generously applied over a thick layer of […]


THE Foster War Memorial Arts Centre will be a flurry of thespian activity this weekend as theatre companies from across Victoria come together to perform at the nineteenth one act […]

Toora’s Royal Standard Hotel set to receive $50,000 thanks to Airbnb’s Country Pub Project

AIRBNB last week announced the winners of The Country Pub Project with Victoria’s Royal Standard Hotel in Toora, named one of six recipients of a $50,000 grant that aims to revitalise […]

Foster Primary junior school moves into brand-new building

FOSTER Primary’s 87-student and four-teacher junior school moved into their brand-new building last week, after just a couple of months of educational and entertaining construction works going on right before […]

From Afghanistan to Foster – Ali seeks to help people

ALI Tahiri has travelled a long way from where he was born, where he grew up and to where he lives and works now, helping people as a lifesaver and also […]

Minister appoints South Gippsland Shire Council panel

VICTORIANLocal Government Minister Adem Somyurek has appointed a panel of three administrators to run the South Gippsland Shire Council following the council’s dismissal for poor governance in June 2019.  The […]

Panel defers shire budget, rates, plan for second time

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s newly appointed panel of administrators has voted to defer adopting the municipality’s annual budget, rating strategy and council plan for one week to today, Wednesday July […]

BreastScreen van returns to Foster

BreastScreen Victoria’s eye-catching cyclamen pink van “Marjorie” is returning to Foster on Monday August 5, 2019 for a five-week-long visit to give free breast screens to women aged 40 and […]

SG Hospital appoints builder for new operating theatre

SOUTH Gippsland Hospital in Foster has appointed Warragul-based firm Farnham Developments Pty Ltd to build the hospital’s long-awaited new operating theatre and to refurbish the birthing suite. The building contract […]

Focused conservation efforts continue at the Prom

– Wilsons Promontory National Park to close temporarily  WILSONSPromontory National Park will be closed from Monday, August 19 until early morning Friday, August 23, 2019 to conduct the annual program […]

Kerry in charge at Fish Creek CFA

WHEN you think up an image of a firefighter in a small rural town, the odds are you’re considering a man. However, July 1, 2019 saw a milestone reached by […]

Rail trail extensions still on list

EXTENSIONS to the Great Southern Rail Trail are still on the list for both South Gippsland Shire and Wellington Shire despite missing out on the latest rounds of federal and state […]

Community in “powerful” health – administrator

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council administrator Julie Eisenbise believes the local community is in “powerful” health despite the political turbulence that resulted in Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek dismissing the elected […]

Two-pronged challenge for shire – acting CEO

South Gippsland Shire Council’s acting chiefexecutive officer Bryan Sword reckons there is an important two-pronged challenge facing both the community and the municipality after the Victorian Government dismissal of its […]

Back Roads program on Fish Creek

THIS Monday, July 22, at 8.00pm ABC and ABC iView will feature Fish Creek – The Storybook Settlement. What’s in the water in Fish Creek? This small Victorian town, often […]

Cleansing smoke welcomes indigenous art to country

A WAFT of cleansing smoke from burning gum leaves welcomed indigenous artworks, the artists who created them and art lovers alike to country and the opening of the NAIDOC Week […]

Floral beauty captured with detail and love

Foster artist Svea Chang has fallen completely in love with Australia’s native flowers and she captures their natural beauty in truly exquisite detail. Her painting of flowering gum blossoms won […]

Buyers stream in to Library’s Friends’ winter book sale

KEEN buyers and curious browsers alike streamed into the Friends of Corner Inlet Libraries’ book sale held in the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre on Friday and Saturday July 5 […]

Enough is enough!

THE news last Wednesday that the five Alberton Football Netball Club’s applications to join the West Gippsland Football Netball League had been put on hold because of strong opposition from […]

Commissioner defers Shire budget, rates, plan

  SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s administrator Julie Eisenbise has deferred the municipality’s 2019/2020 annual budget, its 2019/2022 rating strategy and its revised 2017/2021 council plan until the next ordinary meeting […]

Commissioner appointed as council interim administrator

FORMER South Gippsland Shire Council inquiry commissioner Julie Eisenbise has been appointed as the council’s interim administrator, with Monday June 24, 2019 the first day in her new job of […]

New school building flies through the air

FOSTER Primary School’s new building literally flew through the air in sections on the way to its final assembly last week after arriving on a rolling fleet of trucks over […]

Long Jetty officially re-opened

PORT Welsh-pool’s Shipping Pier, locally and affectionately known as the Long Jetty, was officially re-opened on Friday June 21, 2019, with the granddaughter of the man who worked for ten […]

Dismissal of South Gippsland Shire Council

The Labor Government will today introduce a Bill to dismiss the South Gippsland Shire Council following the final report from a Commission of Inquiry into the council. Dismissal of a council […]

Banksia Lodge leased to South Gippsland Hospital

Parts of Banksia Lodge will be used to house future additional community health services, alongside the existing staff, student and visiting family accommodation and support group uses, following planned building […]

Alberton league clubs could have a new league to play in next year?

AFL Victoria has told the clubs in the Alberton Football Netball League they can join theWest Gippsland Football Netball Competition next year.  That depends on the Alberton clubs withdrawing their […]


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