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Looking back 20 years

From The Mirror of July 27, 1994

  •  A DEPUTATION from the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre committee has asked South Gippsland Shire Council for assistance in raising the $36,000 necessary to replace the floor of the hall. Council is reluctant to set a precedent by paying for the work, but will explore loan options with the committee.
  • THE latest submission by Australian Defence Industries for the contract of developing a windfarm at Toora has been passed from Electrical Services Victoria to the relevant minister for a final decision. ADI spokesman Ian McKinnon said the submission had been considerably reduced from earlier estimates of the cost of the project.
  • THE inability of Electrical Services Victoria and Australian Defence Industries to reach agreement on the cost of establishing the Toora windfarm has led Council to a decision to lobby local politicians to press for State assistance. ADI has reduced their costing for developing the windfarm from $1.3 million to the much lower subsidy requirement of only $300,000 per year.
  • SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has received the draft terms of reference for the Local Government Board’s review of Gippsland municipalities. South Gippsland Shire chief executive officer Rod Lomax said councils have one week to comment.
  • THANKING people who have assisted him during his year of office, shire president Cr Llew Vale said he was proud to have served on a council which has the lowest rates history in the region. He said personal highlights of the year included the Bennison historic marker day, the centenary ball, the special centenary council meeting and the street parade.
  • THE South Gippsland Shire Historical Society is to be given access to the shire’s records, with a view to retaining historical records locally. The request has been made in the light of pending shire amalgamations.
  • CEO Rod Lomax spent time at the Local Government Board offices last week, studying municipal restructure submissions, which he said are arriving by the boxful at the LGB premises.
  • A PROSPECTIVE developer continues to demonstrate his interest in establishing oyster, mussel and clam beds in Corner Inlet and will meet with shire staff next week.
  • APPROVALS for building works valued at $480,083 were issued for the period between May 11 and June 8, 1994 by the shire’s building department. The 23 approvals were for construction of three dwellings at Foster, Sandy Point and rurally, as well as for alterations and additions, outbuildings, a dairy and installation of solid fuel heaters.
  • FOLLOWING questions on water reform posed at a public meeting held in Toora in May, attended by 80 to 100 concerned residents, a local deputation to the Minister for Natural Resources, Geoff Coleman, on July 1, has triggered a response. The deputation comprised representatives of South Gippsland and Leongatha Water Boards, local resident Jim Wilson and local MP Peter Ryan.
  • SOUTH Gippsland Secondary College students were presented with medallions commemorating the centenary of the Shire of South Gippsland at a special assembly last Friday.
  • WELSHPOOL Golf Club champion and captain Noel Black partnered Peter Van Kuyk to win successive 4BBB par club championships comfortably on Sunday.
  • BY DAY she’s a member of the Foster Post Office team, but out of working hours Diana Croatto is a member of the Tarwin netball team, the Gippsland team and the Victorian Netball Association squad. She and three of her Gippsland team mates have recently been selected to the Victorian Country Netball Team.

Looking back 40 years…

From The Mirror of July 24, 1974

  • ALL matches in the Alberton Football League were cancelled last Saturday, following severe weather during the week and forecasts for continued bad weather over the weekend. Some of the grounds in the league are in very bad condition and would have suffered extreme deterioration had play taken place.
  • MEDICAL officer to the Shire of South Gippsland, Dr R. Fleming, reported a need for a qualified social worker within the shire. The matter was discussed at the recent council meeting but no action was decided on.
  • FOSTER golfer Ross McKenzie won his fifth golf title with the club when he took out the A grade championship last weekend.
  • BETTY Gilbert is Foster Golf Club Associates champion after defeating Chris Barnfield for the title. Betty also scored a hole in one at Foster during the week.
  • THERE is a strong rumour circulating that Fish Creek and Stony Creek Football Clubs will amalgamate next season. The decline in the performances of both clubs is a contributing factor to the idea of a merger.


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