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“Wear a mask to reduce COVID-19 spread” – Broadbent

Monash MHR Russell Broadbent has urged Gippslanders and indeed all Victorians make sure they are wearing a face mask or covering to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 when outside […]

Shire panel reports to community, state minister

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s administration panel has issued the July 2020 edition of its Administrators’ Community Update, reporting to the municipality’s residents and the new Victorian Local Government Minister Shaun […]

New controller at Foster SES unit

FOSTER North beef farmer and agricultural contractor Bernie Cashin has been appointed as the new unit controller at the Foster State Emergency Service (SES). Bernie has taken over from Foster’s […]

The Camel Man’s adventure

JOHN Arthur Elliot was the CEO of a Financial Services firm in Perth but wanted more out of life. “I wanted to go on a big adventure,” he said. “All […]

Pandemic concerns

Foster and Toora Medical Centres ONCE again the COVID landscape has changed dramatically since our last article. The feeling that we in Australia had somehow avoided the pandemic now seems […]

New name, guidelines for Section 86 committees

VOLUNTEER-BASED Section 86 committees in charge of public facilities such as halls and recreation reserves will soon be known by a new name and controlled under simpler guidelines in the new […]

COVID-19 slashes Yanakie, Long Jetty caravan parks’ incomes

CLOSURES forced by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions during the past three months have slashed the projected incomes of the Yanakie Caravan Park and the Long Jetty Caravan Park at Port Welshpool to […]

Dairy foundations grants for three Corner Inlet district projects

THREE Corner Inlet district organisations are among 26 groups from Victoria’s three dairy farming communities to receive grants for projects through the Gardiner Dairy Foundation (GDF) and the Foundation for […]

Local property market great for sellers, listings wanted!

SOUTH Gippsland’s property market certainly is in great form during the 2020 winter season; rather more so, that is, for sellers than for buyers. Many more properties have changed hands […]

COVID-19 landscape changed

Foster and Toora Medical Centres THE COVID landscape has changed quite a lot since last article. Again. And predictably not for the last time. For this is a book with […]

First shire COVID-19 support measures now available

SUPPORT measures in the first phase of South Gippsland Shire Council’s $2 million COVID-19 package are now available, following their adoption by the municipality’s administration panel at a special meeting held […]

A great year for Foster SES Unit

The Foster State Emergency Service (SES) Unit certainly had a great year in 2019/2020 according to a snapshot of activities and achievements proudly posted on its Facebook page. The statistics […]

Welshpool ram raid ute driver wanted by police

Victoria Police want to speak to anyone with information that could identify the driver of a silver Ford Ranger twin cab utility, one of two vehicles used in a ram […]

Corner Inlet fishery’s voluntary code now law

NEARLY three decades has passed since Corner Inlet’s licensed commercial fishers shook hands on a voluntary code of practice intended to sustain the fishery and ensure good catches for all, then […]

FCA – Fostering Our Community

THIS year has brought ups and downs for many of us. Some members of our community have experienced significant interruptions to income/employment and certainly most of us have seen our way […]

Sports and Recreation Grant applications endorsed

AT its recent council meeting, South Gippsland Shire Council reinforced its support for two major sport and reaction projects in the eastern end of the Shire.  On  May 28, 2020, the […]

Camping banned at Franklin River Reserve

OVERNIGHT camping at the Franklin River Reserve on the South Gippsland Highway between Foster and Toora has been permanently banned. South Gippsland Shire Council’s administration panel voted to close the reserve […]

Shire panel adopts 2020/21 budget, 2020/24 plan

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s administration panel formally adopted the municipality’s annual budget for 2020/2024 and its council plan for 2020/2024 at the ordinary meeting held in Leongatha on Wednesday June […]

COVID-19 update

Foster and Toora Medical Centres HOW things can change in the few weeks since our last article. We were congratulating ourselves on such a great response to the COVID-19 threat […]

South Gippsland Water price rise deferred

THE Essential Services Commission (ESC) last week released South Gippsland Water’s final price determination that approves our water and sewerage prices for the three years to 2022-23.  South Gippsland Water […]

Plan budget submissions

Panel takes little heed of shire budget, plan submissions South Gippsland Shire’s administration panel acting as the council seems to have taken little heed of submissions made by community members […]

Emerald anniversary for Brendan and Mary

WHEN asked what the secret to a long and genuinely happy marriage is, Port Franklin resident Mary Scott said of Brendan, her husband of 55 years as at June 19, […]

Welshpool school’s gentle office “face” bids farewell

THE gentle “face” of Welshpool and District Primary School’s office is bidding farewell after nearly a quarter of a century of looking after and out for students and their families […]

New South Gippsland Hospital operating theatre soon ready for service

WHILE its external cream and lichen modernist asymmetry may not appeal to all, there is little doubt that every patient undergoing a surgical procedure will come to appreciate what is […]

ViPlus factory extension means more product and jobs

A 3000-square-metre extension currently being built on to the ViPlus Dairy Pty Ltd factory at Toora will literally mean more product and so more jobs. ViPlus Dairy chief executive officer […]

A life of medical and community service a circle to OAM

FOSTER Medical Centre general practitioner Dr Laurie Warfe reckons his life has gone in a full circle, with his present work closely resembling an earlier period in his career when […]

COVID-19 update

Foster and Toora Medical Centres FIRST off, huge congratulations to Dr Laurie Warfe for his OAM. Laurie has been working with us for the last year or so after moving […]

Shire CEO to join regional tourism board

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council chief executive officer (CEO) Kerryn Ellis will soon join the board of regional tourism board Destination Gippsland Limited (DGL) as a director, alongside the CEOs of […]

CFA rolls out $20.5m in donations

Mobile community education vans, ultra-light tankers, station equipment and a transformative volunteer leadership program will be funded thanks to more than $20.5m in donations received over the extreme 2019/20 fire […]

Waratah Bay Ice Cream Co wins awards

It is hard to believe that more than a year has passed since our first summer of ice cream production. Since then, the business has grown and the support and […]

Shire panel endorses COVID-19 support package

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s administration panel voted to endorse the first stage of the municipality’s $2 million COVID-19 Community Support Package at the ordinary meeting held in Leongatha on Wednesday […]

Early whale spotting

• Local naturalist Rohan Bugg got the surprise of this life on Sunday afternoon when he witnessed a whale 150 metres off the rocks at Cape Liptrap. The whale was […]

Shire panel to adopt 2020 property valuation

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s administration panel is expected to “receive and adopt” the 2020 general valuation of property throughout the municipality at the ordinary meeting to be held at Leongatha […]

COVID-19 Update

Foster and Toora Medical Centres ALONG with everyone else, we are pleased that our (Australia/Victoria/South Gippsland) numbers of COVID-19 are so low and that life is returning to a new […]

New, larger amenities block for Waratah Bay Caravan Park

CONSTRUCTION work is expected to begin in June 2020 on a new, and larger than originally planned, amenities block at the Waratah Bay Caravan Park. Instead of two showers and only […]

New, larger amenities block for Waratah Bay Caravan Park

CONSTRUCTION work is expected to begin in June 2020 on a new, and larger than originally planned, amenities block at the Waratah Bay Caravan Park. Instead of two showers and only […]

Foster Show upgrades on the way

THE Foster & District Agricultural Show will receive $90,309, to renew and reinvigorate their show grounds, under the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.  Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent said […]

Bruce’s mystery “critter” breaks out of trap

AN as-yet unidentified mystery “critter” has literally broken out of a sturdy steel mesh trap set to catch predators on Bruce Hammet’s property in Kerrs Road south of Fish Creek. […]

“Step up” to lead communities

SOUTH Gippsland people of all ages and from all walks of life are invited to “step up” and learn how to lead their local communities’ groups and organisations. The South […]

Parcels pile in and out of district post offices

PARCELS of every size and shape are piling in and out of post offices throughout the Corner Inlet district in volumes far greater than the annual mid- to late-December Christmas […]

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