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Call to arms

Brigade asks for more volunteers FOSTER Fire Brigade captain David Jones is relieved a recent call out to fight a blaze at South Gippsland Hospital proved to be a false […]

Emergency call on ACO’s

AMBULANCE Victoria Team Manager Leigh Nichols-Thompson is calling on more volunteers to bolster the service’s ranks. “We’re looking for more people to become ACO’s (Ambulance Community Officers). The training is […]

Nominate an Aussie champ

NOMINATIONS are now open for the South Gippsland Australia Day Awards. The awards provide an opportunity to recognise people in our community who go above and beyond. Awards are now […]

Planning for the best

THERE’S a rumbling discontent in the Mount Best community, as people consider the future for a plan that doesn’t fit an easy planning mould. A recent town hall meeting attended […]

No laughing matter

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council monitor Peter Stephenson believes some councillors may not have taken his appointment seriously. “I believe there are some who think it’s a bit of a joke […]

Stock alert rejected by Council

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s Cr Meg Edwards’ plan to see an electronic alert raised for when stock strayed on to local roads, was voted down by fellow councillors. Cr Edwards […]

$26 million cash reserve explained

RATES campaigner Ralph Gallagher posed a number of written questions after South Gippsland’s Shire Council’s June 27 meeting, in regard to the local government’s apparent “cash in hand” wealth. Can […]

Pollution claims rejected

GIPPSLAND Ports CEO Nick Murray has rejected claims that the authority’s dredging works have contaminated Port Welshpool beach. Port Welshpool landowner Roger Harvey – who is championing a petition to […]

Funds for Foster

MINISTER for Regional Development Jaala Pullford was in Foster on Monday to announce $50,000 in funding for new tiered seating for the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre. After a brief afternoon […]

Wilsons Promontory National Park to close temporarily

Annual conservation program in action WILSONSPromontory National Park will be closed from Monday, August 20 until the morning of Friday, August 24, 2018 to conduct the annual program for hog […]

Laneway transformation continues

THE transformation of the laneway between Foster Foodworks and Foster Seafoods is continuing apace, with a roof scheduled to be attached in the coming days.  A frame is already in […]

Million-dollar stadium bid

THE South Gippsland Shire Council has voted to apply for $1 million in funding to help revitalise the Foster Indoor Stadium. According to Foster Showgrounds Committee of Management secretary Deb […]

Status quo on ratings strategy

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has voted to maintain the status quo on its ratings strategy, effectively rejecting the ideas of a Rating Strategy Review Steering Committee. It was argued by […]


Form B : SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE COUNCIL Pursuant to Section 52(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 The land affected by the application is  located at 725 Walkerville Road Tarwin Lower […]

Hill defends report card

CR Don Hill has defended South Gippsland Shire Council’s record after a dismal report card from ratepayers in the annual Community Satisfaction Survey, saying slanted reported was affecting public perceptions. […]

$1200 a day for SGSC investigation

RATYEPAYERS will fork out $1200 a day for the cost of an investigation into governance issues at South Gippsland Shire Council. The stipulation that ratepayers foot the bill is outlined […]

Rage on rates

FOSTER’S Ralph Gallagher and Meg Knight believe item 5.1.1 (Ratings Strategy 2018/19) is one of the most important things on South Gippsland Shire Council’s agenda. The pair were passionate advocates […]

Zebra’s new stripes

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council contractors were busy at work this week, marking lines on Foster’s new zebra crossing on Main Street. The Mirrorcalled VicRoads after letter write Georgia Wilson raised […]

A grand plan for Toora

THE Toora Lions have levelled a block on Harriet Street in readiness for the construction of three aged care units. It’s part of an expansive plan. There are already three […]

Warnings on zebra crossing

MOTORISTS are being urged to slow down and be mindful of pedestrians, as stories emerge of near misses on Foster’s new zebra crossing on Main Street. South Gippsland Shire Council’s […]

Council slammed in survey 

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has a “moderate to weak” reputation amongst ratepayers – with the latest annual survey rating its performance at 46 out of a possible 100. Of the […]

New Show secretary required

THE Foster & District Agricultural Show Society is once again in need of a Show Secretary.  After a couple of years in the job Roger Nicholson has had to resign […]

Foster’s Marg receives OAM

FOR Margaret Haycroft the news that she was to be awarded an order of Australia was hard to come to terms with. Speaking on the phone from France, the former […]

Lane comes to life

IT was a marvel to behold. Under the watchful eye of designer and primary artist David Bell, the laneway between Foster Foodworks and Foster Sea- foods, made a remarkable transformation […]

Winter bounty

WHILE many of us are winding down in the garden or kitchen due to a lack of produce, there are some jobs that need to be left until the winter. […]

Lifesaver comes to Foster

FOSTER now has a lifesaving public access defibrillator in Main Street, right outside the RSL. The collaboration between Ambulance Victoria Team Manager Leigh Nichols-Thompson, the Foster RSL and Foster Rotary […]

Road plans at Mt Best

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is planning to open a section of government road reserve off the Foster Mount Best Road in Mount Best. The move is designed to allow reasonable […]

Transparency vote fails

CR DON Hill failed in his bid to allow ratepayers more opportunities to speak at South Gippsland Shire Council meetings. Cr Hill’s motion to allow “questions in the open council […]

Milking an advantage

TOORA’S ViPlus Dairy is ready to go into overdrive, with an order for 20 million kilograms of milk powder for major Chinese player Oz Cow. At an official ceremony last […]

Black Spur fatality

THE infamous Black Spur bend near Koonwarra has claimed the life of another victim, with the death of a Stoitse Transport driver on Saturday morning (May 26). The incident occurred […]

Zebra crossing for Foster

FOSTER will soon have a zebra crossing, in a move designed to settle confusion between drivers and pedestrians. Last week there was consternation among some Foster residents when they woke […]

Fishy Festival triumphs

THE Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival enjoyed a huge weekend, with 1000 visitors estimated to have flocked to the event over the weekend. “You just don’t dream about it being […]

Police raid on Councillor’s home

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s Cr Andrew McEwen had his property raided by police on the morning on Friday, May 18. “In connection with the Local Government Inspectorate investigation into South […]

Dead wombats dumped

THREE dead wombats were dumped in Pioneer Street, Foster, near the South Gippsland Shire Council depot late on Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Foster Police’s Leading Senior Constable Matt […]

Cosy Festival this weekend 

THE Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival is shaping up as one of this year’s hottest events in South Gippsland. Kicking off this Saturday at 10am with a demonstration by tea […]

An honour to serve

FOR Foster intensive care paramedic John Barrie being awarded the Ho Chi Minh City Badge was something astonishing – not least of all because he received an award when his […]

CFA applauds motorists

TOORA CFA Captain Mark Hurst said motorists needed to be applauded for observing new laws during a gas leak at a Toora service station on Thursday, May 10 from about […]

A cosy festival for all

FISH Creek is readying itself for a tea cosy festival like no other – and it seems everyone is involved. Last week students from Fish Creek Primary School gathered around […]

Casualty crash survey

Council seeks answers on road toll SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is asking road users to help drive down the road toll, with 473 local casualty crashes in the past five […]

Schools rejoice at funding shock

FOSTER Primary School and Fish Creek Primary School are set to receive close to $2.5 million to remove and replace asbestos-riddled buildings. “Wow. This is very exciting news. We’re absolutely […]