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Garlic festival grows

MORE than 8000 people enjoyed the wide range of entertainment and activities at Saturday’s record-breaking Meeniyan Garlic Festival.   For the third year in a row the Meeniyan community has delivered […]

Toora meeting anger

EMOTIONS were running high in Toora last Thursday (February 15), as residents railed against a proposed South Gippsland Shire Council flood overlay.  The impromptu two-hour public meeting – which saw […]

NBN fails in Fishy

FISH Creek’s Tony Walker believes Australia has ended up with a “second rate internet, that’s been cobbled together using a variety of technologies”.   In South Gippsland, the NBN is delivered […]

Bull Bar & Gallery opening for business

  WHEN Anne Tindall bought the old butcher shop on the main street of Yarram she had no idea it would turn into a Bar and Gallery. “I fell in love […]

Third garlic festival set to draw record crowd

MEENIYAN’S annual Garlic Festival is just around the corner, this Saturday 16th when over 6000 garlic-lovers are expected to flock to Meeniyan for garlic cooking shows, garlic plaiting, smoking, fermenting […]

Battle for slipway

GIPPSLAND Ports’ planned closure of the Port Franklin slipway has been met with anger by locals.  A community meeting has been scheduled at the Port Franklin Hall for Sunday, February […]

Drafting generosity

THE Yanakie Campdraft Committee handed out $8000 in cheques this week to local community groups.   Beneficiaries included Prom Country Aged Care, Foster and Fish Creek primary schools, Prom Coast Centre […]

Foster winery opening

FOR restaurateur, Chris Garns it’s been a challenging 18 months – but well worth the effort.   Ably supported by father Harry and partner Angela Irolano, he has turned a bare […]

We are Australian!

– Peter Lee Citizen of the Year THE Corner Inlet district came together on Saturday for the 2019 Australia Day celebrations in Foster with a small, but enthusiastic crowd in […]

A pearler of a festival

FOSTER’S Pearl Park Musical Festival has been labelled a “roaring success” by its organisers.  With a crowd numbering in the thousands, few could argue.  “It exceeded our expectations,” festival committee […]

Stamp of approval

THE face of renowned children’s author and Fish Creek shop owner Alison Lester is set to adorn a new Australia Post stamp.   The stamp will form part of the 2019 […]

Prom Coast Festival Picnic

‘PICNIC IN THE PARK’ EVERYONE loves a picnic and what’s better than a picnic in the park!  It’s a perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends.  Food, fun and fresh […]

Communication breakdown

TOORA is emerging from a three-week long telephone and ETPOS blackout, during the peak of the busy summer tourist season. For Toora newsagent Irene Spooner it was a financial disaster. […]

Hoddle Mountain Trail walk

A WALK to celebrate Fish Creek’s fantastic Hoddle Mountain Trail is happening this Sunday, January 20. The Hoddle Mountain Trail Management Group, which led the successful campaign to have the […]

Australia Day in Corner Inlet

CALLING all citizens of Corner Inlet! Australia Day is coming and we are celebrating in a bigger and better way this year. On Australia Day, Saturday, January 26 it is […]

Sensational Summer!

– Tourists flock to South Gippsland TOURISM is alive and well in South Gippsland, with hoards of tourists flocking to our part of the world in droves. Local traders have […]

Planning for the future in Venus Bay

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is excited to be planning for the central activity centre in Venus Bay. Council has been looking forward to designing solutions to long-standing infrastructure problems in […]

Phone and Internet problems in Toora

BUSINESSES in Toora’s Main Street have been in all sorts of trouble with internet and phone line troubles since last Thursday. At the busiest time of the year, these problems […]

Council to Convene Community Clusters

COUNCILvoted on December 19 to commence establishing community clusters across South Gippsland. It is anticipated that formalised clusters of communities could be of significant value to both local communities and […]

Port Welshpool Long Jetty Opened

ALTHOUGH the rehabilitation of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty is still ongoing, the Project Control Group has confirmed the facility will be open from COB Friday, December 21. The unofficial […]

PCAC names new CEO

JUSTIN Wightman has been named as the new CEO of Prom Country Aged Care in Foster. Mr Wightman – currently the Executive Manager of Corporate Services at the Australian Childhood […]

Cat curfew for Shire

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will introduce a 24-hour cat curfew from April 1 next year.  From the same date, dogs will also be required to be on a leash in […]

Why we fell in love (with this area)

LLARRINDA Bed and Breakfast operator and Foster Community Online editor, Linda Giddy, tells us why the region is so special… WE fell in love with this part of Victoria in […]


WHERE has 2018 gone? It only seems like yesterday that the year started, but as the days, weeks and months kept rolling by, we find ourselves getting ready to spend […]

Prom Coast Ice Cream exports to Dubai

PROM Coast Ice Cream and Sorbet is delighted to announce their first export shipment -to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This was a culmination of two years hard work […]

Safety fix for older drivers

A ROAD safety initiative between South Gippsland Shire Council, Police, VicRoads, a truck driver and a pharmacist has been targeting older drivers through local Probus clubs. According to Council’s road […]

Fishy walk unveiled

FOSTER Rotary recently celebrated the official opening of the Loader Walk track at Fish Creek. The track was completed as a way of leaving a lasting reminder of the 50th anniversary […]

Local grants success

TWENTY-ONE applicants have been awarded money under South Gippsland Shire Council’s first round of the 2018/19 Community Grants Program, sharing $130,950. Recipients were officially announced at a Council event last […]

Funding received for Court Street, Foster

COUNCIL has successfully sought $540,000 for the reconstruction of Court Street, Foster between Station Road and Nelson Street. The money, from Regional Roads Victoria, will be used for:the reconstruction of […]

Broadbent rejects refugee bill

MEMBER for McMillan Russell Broadbent has rejected a parliamentary bill that would see refugees in offshore detention brought to the Australian mainland for medical treatment. Mr Broadbent has crossed the […]

Progress at Agnes Falls

PROGRESS is at last being made in the construction of a cantilevered viewing platform at Agnes Falls. The proposed $520,000 project – allocated funding by South Gippsland Shire Council in […]

Operation Slow Down

EMERGENCY Services personnel were out in force on Saturday, urging motorists to slow down when they see flashing lights. The Foster-based “Operation Slow Down” – part of a Victoria-wide push […]

Council votes on caravan parks

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has voted unanimously to rescind last year’s decision to establish a Caravan and Camping Park Committee. The initial decision, made at Council’s September 27, 2017, was […]

Why a music festival?

IT’S simple really. The Prom Coast and surrounds is recognised globally for its spectacular scenery, natural beauty, abundant wildlife and pristine beaches. These elements and the laidback lifestyle has attracted […]

Council Yes to Plan

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has voted unanimously to adopt the strategies outlined in its 2018/19 Long Term Financial Plan. “This is a good story for Council,” Cr Andrew McEwen declared. […]

Xavier sparks Power

FOSTER’S Xavier Duursma’s dreams came true last Thursday when he was drafted by the Port Adelaide Football Club with pick 18 in the National Draft. The Foster junior, the son […]

Hill climbs to top

CR DON Hill has been elevated to the position of South Gippsland Shire Council Mayor after a vote last Wednesday (November 21) in Leongatha. He replaces Cr Lorraine Brunt in […]

Ribbon cut at PCAC

MEMBER for McMillan Russell Broadbent cut the ribbon at the official opening of Prom Country Aged Care’s extension last Friday (November 23). The extra seven rooms, spacious outdoor space and […]

Top prize for Alison

FISH Creek gallery owner Alison Lester has claimed the coveted Melbourne Prize for Literature, pocketing a cool $60,000. The Melbourne Prize operates on a three-year cycle and honours sculptors, musicians […]

Big plus for Toora

LAST Thursday ViPlus Dairy CEO Jon McNaught was at the centre of happy cross-cultural exchange. With 50-odd buyers from China enjoying a tour of the Toora factory and a small […]


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