• FOSTER Hospital Building Fund has benefited substantially from generous donations towards the cost of renovations and extensions. Foster Rotary has donated $4,000 which was presented at the Club’s changeover dinner. The ANZ Bank, through its Foster Branch Manager John Groten and Accountant Graham Richardson handed a cheque for $2,500 to the Hospital Committee President Ethel Smallwood and Secretary Chris Flynn. South Gippsland Secondary College students also handed a donation of $250 to Mrs. Smallwood, which was raised from the proceeds of a disco.
• YEAR 12 student Shane Brunning of South Gippsland Secondary College has been awarded a defence force scholarship. Only 50 candidates were successful in obtaining the scholarship out of more than 2,000 applications. Shane will attend Duntroon Military College next year and also received $1,000.
• SCHOOL holiday program funding has resulted in artist Ann parry designing and soon commencing work on wall murals at Foster Kindergarten to banish the gloomy grey appearance. The children will help out with the artwork during Children’s Week.
• THE highlight of the1990 Quit campaign in Gippsland will be a smoke-free day on July 4. This year young women who smoke are being especially targeted by Quit.
• A MEETING of landowners, Shire Councillors and Department of Conservation and Environment representatives has decided to ask the Shore to continue to seek legal advice on the enforcement methods to make farmers clear their roadsides of noxious weeds. Council has already agreed to publicise the lawful requirement of land owners to control weeds on adjacent roadsides as it was felt that many property owners may not be aware of their responsibilities.
• A GAMES team from Corner Inlet Pony Club was pleased to place midfield in the State Championships held at Melbourne Showgrounds. Team members Paula and Andrea Cook, Rohan Ray, Matthew Best, Tansy Rudge and Shane Commadeur thanked their team manager Keren Collins for her extensive assistance.
• FOLLOWING a deputation to the Shire of South Gippsland by representatives from Waratah ratepayers and Progress Association, Council decided to place funds on estimates for erection of a tourist information board and to trial placement of a large garbage dump bin from December to April. Council also vowed to establish better communications with the Association.
• THE Shire of Woorayl has advised that it has no objections to the South Gippsland bookmobile servicing residents at Stony Creek but will not contribute towards the cost. The librarian will be instructed to notify the residents that the service will be terminated on September 30 and that complaints should be directed to the Shire of Woorayl.
• NO OBJECTION was offered to the renewal of a secondhand dealer’s licence for Maria and Tammy Jackson provided that all loading and unloading is carried out within the property and no goods are displayed on the road reserve of Ameys Track Foster.
• THE Shire of South Gippsland will ask Comalco to establish a depot in Foster where recyclable aluminium cans are able to be deposited.
• DESPITE a poor weather forecast, 25 people turned out for the South Gippsland Conservation Society excursion to Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park. The group was fortunate to have three guest speakers from the Department of Conservation and Environment speak about the area’s management plan and local flora/fauna. Don Henderson and several members of the Pilkington family also gave a recent history of the movement of the sand dunes and the outlet to the sea.
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