COASTAL Promontory Ward Councillors Ray Argento (South Gippsland Mayor) and Jeremy Rich visited Foster last Thursday and met with local traders. Major points of discussion were the empty shops which currently dot the main street and the effect of the streetscape project on local businesses.
The shire councillors promised to liaise with shire staff to ensure local traders are kept abreast of developments and have some input so that the streetscape works can be scheduled to minimise their impact. With the works involving the replacement of drains, there is bound to be some impact.
The councillors’ arrival in Foster was inadvertently delayed, and they plan to return another day to meet more locals, as there is clearly plenty to discuss. From Foster they went to Turtons Creek to meet with a landowner who had requested a visit.
Finally, they attended a community meeting at Welshpool, where residents are concerned about Council’s proposed revenue-raising sale of a block of land behind the shops. The councillors said that Council would halt the sale of the land until the community determined what the land could be used for and got back to Council with a proposal.