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Foster Community Association calls for community input

THE Foster Community Association will be holding its annual general meeting shortly (7.30pm, Monday August 18, Community Health Centre) and is inviting interested members of the community to come along and consider taking a lead role in an organisation which gets involved in some exciting projects on behalf of the Foster community.

“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,” said current FCA president Jill Plowright.

“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.

“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.

“Energy and passion equals results for Foster, and over the years our members have championed dozens of initiatives that now enrich our daily lives.”

Initiatives championed over the years by Foster Community Association include:

  • 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 kph;
  • Rebuilding of bridge over Stockyard Creek;
  • Longer library hours;
  • Expanded network of walking, cycling and riding tracks around Foster;
  • Upgrade of the Foster Lookout;
  • Improve road traffic safety and lighting at the SG Highway/Toora Road intersection;
  • Upgrade of the bus stop rotunda;
  • Prom Coast Centre for Children;
  • Foster Station Park;
  • Establishment of Friends of Turtons Creek.

The FCA has a number of projects which it is currently working on. As well as supporting Foster Swimming Pool, it is liaising with South Gippsland Shire Council to upgrade car parking in Foster and construct new footpaths, kerbing and channels in Main Street. Plans are also afoot to reduce heavy traffic in Main Street, make Foster an RV friendly town, and purchase banners to brighten up the main street.

One of the most exciting projects involves the upgrade of Foster’s laneways. This is now in the design phase, thanks to a council grant. At the last FCA meeting, local artist David Bell presented concept plans, concentrating on the laneway between Foodworks and the fish shop. Ideally the laneway will have some sort of cover/roofing and seating and the walls will be brightened with artwork. David will go ahead with detailed drawings and also prepare concept designs for other laneways in Foster.

These are only some of the projects in which the FCA is involved. The association meets on the third Monday of each month and has around 45 members at present. New members are always welcome – and could bring with them new ideas. As some members of the executive plan to step down at the AGM, several executive positions need to be filled, including: President, Vice President and Secretary.

“Without new office bearers we cannot continue this work. If you have a few spare hours a week you can make all the difference helping Foster become a more attractive, vibrant and prosperous community; one that has a strong identity and continues to be a great place to live, work and visit. Please give this some thought,” urged Jill.

For further information or a nomination form phone Jill on 5682 2680 or Viv on 5681 2220, email fca3960@gmail.com or attend the AGM at the Community Health Centre in Station Road, Foster, at 7.30pm on Monday, August 18.

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