THE Foster Community Association is urging motivated community members who are passionate about their town to come along to the Association’s annual general meeting on Monday September 19 at 7.30pm at the Community Health Centre in Station Road, Foster.
The Association has championed many initiatives over the years, including:
- A children’s playground at Foster Showgrounds;
- Prom Country Farmers’ Market;
- A staffed Visitor Information Centre;
- Footpaths extended to the hospital, Rail Trail and Ahern’s Fruit Market;
- Footpaths upgraded to provide disability access;
- Speed limit in town reduced from 60 to 50 km/h;
- Rebuilding of bridge over Stockyard Creek;
- Longer library hours;
- Expanded network of walking, cycling and riding tracks around Foster;
- Upgrading of the Foster Lookout;
- Improvements to road traffic safety and lighting at the South Gippsland Highway/Toora Road intersection;
- Upgrade of the bus stop rotunda;
- Prom Coast Centre for Children;
- Foster Station Park;
- Establishment of Friends of Turtons Creek;
- Support for Foster Swimming Pool.
The FCA has been in temporary recess for a number of months this year due to a insufficient office bearers and members.
The FCA president, Geoff Harris, departed to northern Australia some five months ago and, in his absence, Jose Goossens agreed to take over the role of ‘Acting Secretary,’ however Jose and other office bearers will all be standing down at this AGM.
In order for the Association to continue its work it needs the support of the community. At the forthcoming AGM, the election of office bearers will take place in the positions of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, minute secretary in addition to general committee members.
The Association meets at 7.30pm on the third Monday of each month at the Community Health Centre beside South Gippsland Hospital in Station Road, Foster.
“Since its Incorporation in 1998, the Foster Community Association has been working quietly and steadily to help make our town and surrounding area a better place,” was how then-president Jill Plowright, speaking in 2014, explained the work of the FCA.
“The FCA is a non-profit organisation made up of energetic and passionate members of the Foster community, united in their desire to improve and preserve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the town and surrounding district. We represent the interest of everyone who lives, works, plays, shops, studies or invests in Foster, and those who visit for recreational or cultural purposes.
“Energy and passion equals results for Foster, and over the years our members have championed dozens of initiatives that now enrich our daily lives,” she said.
The main project the FCA is working on at present, in association with South Gippsland Shire Council, is the Foster Streetscape. Ideas for the continuing evolvement of Foster are very much welcomed and the upcoming AGM presents a wonderful opportunity to meet with others of a like mind, to discuss your vision for Foster and to find out what you can do to put the wheels in motion to see your vision become a reality…..the first step is simply to come along on September 24.
Prospective members and those who would simply like further information about the work conducted by the Foster Community Association will be made very welcome. If you would like to bring a nomination form along to the meeting, contact Jose by email on [email protected]