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Cash splash at Toora

THE Toora Swimming Pool will receive Stage 2 Development funding of $250,000 from the State Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.  The news came via Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet […]

AFNL – Fish Creek and Foster prevail

WITH the draft recommendations coming out on Friday night prior to Saturday’s grand finals at Meeniyan, the gloss was taken off what could have been the last grand finals ever […]

Watershed moment – SGW looks at move away from Foster

SOUTH Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis would not say whether the corporation would move its Foster headquarters to another town.  A move to Leongatha has been rumoured. Essential […]

New drilling operation for Esso

ESSODeepwater Gippsland has commenced an offshore exploration drilling program in the Gippsland Basin to search for new sources of gas. The company is drilling two exploration wells, known as Baldfish and […]

More people needed: CEO

PROM Country Aged Care CEO Rhett McLennan is urging more people to put their hand up for a spot on the not-for-profit’s board.  “We, as an organisation, are always looking […]

Ethan and Jesse share top award

– Life membership to Ralph Hubbert THE Alberton Football Netball League held their  vote count and presentation night last Saturday night at the Toora Hall with the Toora Football Netball […]

First report for SGSC monitor

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s Municipal Monitor Peter Stephenson has delivered the first of a series of reports to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz. Mr Stephenson, who was appointed to […]

Reprieve for Welshpool kinder

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will spend $30,000 on a feasibility study into the viability of placing kindergartens on primary school sites at Toora and Welshpool. Cr Ray Argento made an […]

Finishing touches on PCAC extension

LAST week saw Prom Country Aged Care put the finishing touches to its extension, which has added an extra seven rooms to the facility. Six are two-bedroom sized, while the […]

Thieves target Port Franklin

THERE’S a group of angry fishermen in Port Franklin searching for two thieves.  And God help the pair if the townspeople ever discover their identities. The opportunistic duo raided 20 […]

Kinder move fears for Welshpool

BUSINESSMAN Eddie Fowler fears that any push to move Welshpool’s kinder could mean “another nail” in the town’s coffin. Today (Wednesday, August 22), South Gippsland Shire Council will vote on […]

Fighting local poverty

FOSTER’S frontline soldiers in the fight against poverty were gathered in town last week, receiving some tips from an expert in the field. Manna Gum Community House’s Community Development Coordinator […]

More Prom Coast Festival News

THE Prom Coast Festival provides a focus for community engagement and for showcasing the exciting opportunities available in the shire for both locals and tourists. The biennial Festival, now in […]

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 […]


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