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$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 […]

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 […]

Victory in Hoddle vote

THERE were cheers and a growled warning as supporters of the Hoddle Mountain Trail claimed victory last Thursday (April 26). The cheers, predictably, came from the supporters themselves, as one […]

Primary school misses out

FOSTER Primary School committee president Matt Wallis has lamented the passing of another State Budget that failed to allocate funding to his beloved school. Built in the 1960s, the asbestos […]

Fire danger period ends

The fire danger period (FDP) finished at Tuesday, May, 1, 1am in the following municipalities; South Gippsland Shire Council Bass Coast Shire Council French Island Cardinia Shire Council Casey City […]

Is your child ready for four-year-old kindergarten next year?

THE enrolment period for funded four-year-old kindergarten in 2019 is now open. If you have a child who will be ready for kindergarten next year you can sign them up […]

Planning for a loss

PORT Welshpool landowner Paul Hamlett believes a planning overlay that will see tighter building restrictions in South Gippsland is a nail in the coffin for coastal communities. Addressing councillors at […]

Launching a dream

FRED Weight has a dream. Last Wednesday (April 18) the boating enthusiast and bird watcher shared it at South Gippsland Shire Council’s Public Presentation Day. Mr Weight wants to see […]

Prom Coast Festival 2019

IT seems like only yesterday the Committee for the Prom Coast Seachange Festival had laid out a mammoth feast of events for the Festival in 2017.  And yet that’s 12 […]

Food waste on the agenda

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will decide on whether to upgrade its kerbside rubbish collection to include food scraps. The current contract with Kleenaway will end in January 2020, and talks […]

Water woes evaporate

TWO of Foster’s premier sporting venues will have access to an affordable water supply next summer. Foster Recreation Reserve and Foster Golf Club will see treated wastewater channelled to it, […]

Truce called on Leongatha plan

COUNCILLOR Ray Argento took a conciliatory approach as another potential conflict flashpoint loomed at last Wednesday’s South Gippsland Shire Council Special Urgent Meeting. On the agenda was the relisting of […]

Foster Skate Park event – Victorian Youth Week

THE Foster Skate Park will be transformed during Victorian Youth Week this April. Manna Gum Community House have organised a project for young people to paint the park in partnership […]

Rates affect everyone: council maintains the status quo

AT a Special Meeting at Council Chambers on Wednesday March 21 Council voted to keep rates as they are. Five out of the seven councillors present voted together to ensure […]

Allies go into recession

– Only six teams left in AFNL THE news quickly got around late Friday afternoon when the Devon Welshpool Won Wron Woodside Football Netball Club contacted the Alberton Football Netball […]

Meeniyan is going plastic bag free

WE are all familiar with the images of plastic in our oceans and waterways, and the negative effect it has on sea creatures and the wider environment. But sometimes it […]


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