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Corner Inlet Australia Day awards

– Time capsule interred

• State Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien and Foster Rotary president Rod Lomax cover the time capsule that will be dug up in 2070.

LAST Tuesday, January 26, Australia Day saw an enthusiastic crowd of over 100 people attend the official Corner Inlet Australia Day ceremony and also the interment of the Rotary Club of Foster’s time capsule.

The day was MC’d by Margaret Haycroft, who did her usual jovial job.

John Barrie then proceeded to acknowledge the efforts of fellow workmate Kerry Senior of Fish Creek who won the Citizen of the Year.

John and local MP Danny O’Brien presented Kerry with her award.

• 2021 Corner Inlet Citizen of the Year Kerry Senior of Fish Creek pictured with work colleague John Barrie of Foster, who acknowledged Kerry’s achievements.

Marg then announced the Community Service award winner, Tara Hollier of Toora, who was unable to attend the ceremony in person.

• Tara Hollier with her Corner Inlet  Community award certificate.

Marg then invited Foster Rotary president Rod Lomax to speak about the time capsule and how he hoped there would be a Rotary club in 50 years time when it is due to be dug up in 2070.

Rod didn’t think there would be too many local day Rotary members around for the occasion!

The capsule has been buried in the grounds of the Foster Historical Society, just to the left of the museum.

Rod and Danny O’Brien then tipped a shovel of dirt on top of the capsule, which had already been put into the ground.

Other members of the public were also asked if they wanted to do the same, and three members of the Morgan family, Leenie, Janne and Gabrielle, daughters of the late shire president Tom Morgan, who put the last one down many years ago, also did the same.

Local identity, Norman “Cobber” Sparkes, who is related to the original gold miner who found gold in Foster, then with the aid of his eldest niece Lorrinda helped plant a Blueberry Ash tree next to the time capsule to mark the occasion.

A number of people got up close and personal to tip sand on the capsule and have their photos taken to mark the occasion.

Afternoon tea was then served in a COVID safe environment, something that hopefully won’t happen when the capsule in dug up in 2070.

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