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THE Community Bank with agencies in Foster,
Toora and Welshpool are proud to once again
sponsor the Foster Show’s $200 gate prize.
The 2017 Foster Show is on Saturday, Febru-
ary 24, and upon entry you will receive a card on
which to complete your details.
The entry box is placed at the Community
Bank marquee (inside the basketball stadium).
The winning entry is drawn on the day, during
the final parade.
With every product or service Toora & Dis-
trict Community Bank, Foster branch and the
Welshpool agency offers, money goes back into
the community to support local projects and ini-
tiatives. For the past 18 years the local Commu-
nity Bank has reached far and wide, supporting
a variety of organisations and clubs to the value
This means you as a customer not only benefit
from competitive products and great services,
but you know your banking is contributing to
the local community.
If you’re organisation needs a little help, put
your sponsorship request in writing and leave at
either Toora & District Community Bank branch
or Foster branch for review by the committee.
Alternatively you can you email your request to
The bank’s management company Promon-
tory District Finance Group uses the successful
requests to gather marketing material to further
promote the Community Bank movement.
In short, a Community Bank means more
than just banking services. It encourages col-
laboration and commitment, and it keeps local
money and local jobs in the community.
All of this is made possible through the sup-
port of their many customers. So next time you
have a banking decision to make, why not give
the locals a chance?
Tarwin Veterinary Group
are proud to be able to provide a
grooming service to our Foster clients
Services: Clipping and grooming a variety of
breeds Heated hydro-bathing Sedation if
necessary Blow drying Nail clipping, ear cleaning
and conditioning cologne included
Appointments and enquiries can be made
at any of our clinics:
15-17 Court Street, FOSTER 5682 2757
32 Anderson Street, LEONGATHA 5662 2251
195 South Gippsland Hwy, LEONGATHA 5662 2251
3 Peters Street, MIRBOO NORTH 5668 1225
H H Bookings are essential H H
Tom Wyatt - Manager
0429 138 235
Alan Pell Fish Creek - Foster 0407 381 536
Graham Davis Yarram-Toora 0409 368 389
0437 986 064
0429 841 555
0429 138 235
Proud sponsors of
the Dog High Jump
GETTING out and about is one of the best
ways to experience and enjoy the beautiful
Prom Coast region, and providing the op -
portunity to do just that is a key aim of the
Taking in the last week of March and the
first weekend in April, and with around 60
events listed on the program, the festival has
something for everyone - from musicals and
art to tours, sport and workshops, food and
wine to sustainability and the environment.
Deb Bray, the festival’s chair, said the pro -
gram has a range of events that will appeal
to those with an interest in the environment,
sustainability and in being active.
“ I t would be impossible to showcase this re -
gion without events that focus on its natural
assets and the great initiatives that contribute
to understanding, protecting and enhancing
“We are very pleased that so many commu-
nity groups and organisations are offering op -
portunities that enable locals and visitors to
experience the aspects of lifestyle and land-
scape that make the Prom Coast a great place
to live and a great place to visit. ”
What better way to start off a Saturday
morning than to ride the Great Southern Rail
Trail on March 25?
Join the festival’s volunteer cyclists for a lei-
surely ride from either Fish Creek or Toora.
Meet at 10am at the old station site in each
town and arrive in Foster in time for the
Seachange Fun Food Fair. There is no cost for
this event, but call Deb Bray for further infor-
mation 0428 393 786.
At the same time the cyclists head- off, the
bus for the hugely popular Sustainable Archi-
tecture Tour will depart Foster.
A sell- out in 2013 and 2015, the tour pro -
vides insight into four sustainable houses in
the local area.
Homeowners, designers and local archi-
tect Mark Alsop will provide commentary on
key features such as orientation, technology,
materials and off-the -grid elements that have
contributed to a more environmentally sen-
sitive way of building and living. Book with
Helen Wilson on 0417 327 628.
Get up early on Sunday, March 26 and dust
off your binoculars for Breakfast With The
Birds at Waratah Hills Vineyard.
Local expert Rohan Bugg will share his
knowledge about South Gippsland’s bird spe -
At the conclusion of your morning’s jaunt,
enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at the vineyard.
Book online via the festival website or in per-
son at Main Street Revelations, Foster.
For those with a green thumb, or perhaps
those who aspire to be green, the Environ-
mentally Challenged Gardens Tour will ap -
peal and inspire.
On the bus at 8.45am on Sunday, March
26, the tour takes in Sandy Point, Walkerville
and Waratah North, providing access to four
gardens that have thrived despite specific en-
Book with Robin Stevens 0427 343 947.
“The beauty of this region is easily seen
by all, but only a few get to experience the
beauty of what is mostly unseen, ” explained
“Dr Mark Norman, Parks Victoria’s Chief
Conservation Scientist, will provide fascinat-
ing insight into the wonders of the region’s
Dr Norman’s ‘In South Gippsland Seas’ pre-
sentation will have you totally amazed by what
is under the water right under our noses.
Join him at 5pm Friday, March 31 at the
Manna Gum Community House.
For further information contact Joan Liley
on 0407 632 242.
Continuing the water theme, travel by ca-
noe down the Agnes River, one of the Prom
Coast’s major waterways, as part of the Cor-
ner Inlet Connections project.
South Gippsland Landcare and the West
Gippsland CMA will take you on a journey
through the catchment; visit adjacent prop -
erties and hear speakers explain the project,
its challenges and its successes. This event
sells- out quickly so contact Jill Vella on 5662
5759, to book a seat for Saturday, April 1.
Later the same day, nothing is more out-
doors or more country town than a local foot-
ball and netball match.
The first seniors’ game of season will be a
5pm twilight match between Foster and DW-
WWW (Devon Welshpool Won Wron Woodside)
Junior matches are earlier in the day. Visit
www.fosterfc.vcfl.com.au for fixture informa-
Showcasing a Strzelecki Range treasure,
the Friends of Agnes Falls will host an open
day at the Agnes Falls from 10am to 4pm on
Sunday, April 2.
The Agnes River cascades 59m to form the
highest single span falls in Victoria.
Hear about exciting plans the Friends have
for the future of the falls and surrounds. This
is a free event, however, souvenirs and re-
freshments will be available for purchase to
support the group’s activities.
The full program of events for the Prom
Coast Seachange Festival is available on the
festival website www.promcoastseachangefes-
tival.org, or pick up a printed brochure at the
Bendigo Bank’s stall at the Foster Show this
Enjoy Prom Coast’s
THE business ‘Safer Quads’ is launching a
safe ATV into the Australian market called a
Mini Quad Truck (MQT).
With more than 20 years of success in New
Zealand and 4000 sales, zero fatalities and zero
injuries have been recorded.
This Japanese manufactured vehicle is modi-
fied in New Zealand for farming conditions.
Its key safety features include air bag, seat-
belts, laminated safety glass windscreen,
1300mm wheel track, 1900mm wheel base and
a fully enclosed cab.
In terms of comfort, the driver and passenger
are protected from the elements with the inte-
grated cab featuring heating and air condition-
ing (optional) while the vehicle is safer and more
enjoyable to drive without the hassle of wearing
a mandatory helmet.
Functionally, the MQT is built to work with a
500kg payload on the 1900mm X 1400mm tray
which has drop down sides for easier loading
along with a brush bar to protect the front of the
vehicle along with a tow bar at the rear.
Mechanically, the MQT is equipped with 2WD
or 4WD, rear diff-lock, hi/lo ratio and its easily
accessible engine compartment makes servicing
If you’re concerned about workplace health
and safety for your employees or family or, you’re
just looking for a reliable farm workhorse that
is safer, more comfortable and more economi-
cal than traditional ATV/RTVs that provides you
with greater work flexibility, then this little “go
anywhere vehicle” is worth consideration.
Come along and visit ‘Safer Quads’ at the Fos-
ter Show on Saturday, February 25.
Check out the Mini Quad Truck at the Foster Show on Saturday, February 25.
MQT perfect for our farms
Banking on the gate prize
All you have to do is turn up to the Foster
Show and you could win $200 thanks to
the local Community Bank.
ONCE upon a time in a sleepy coastal hamlet,
as summer was fading away, there were unusu-
al sights in peoples’ gardens.
Peeking around a rose bush was a beautiful
Mermaid with golden tresses. A handsome
Merman sat upon a woodpile and on someone’s
swing set was a pair of intriguing Merchildren.
Folks from all around came to look for the
People could be seen walking through the
township searching for a glimpse of something
‘The Trail of the Merpeople’ needs the talents
of anyone wanting to accept the challenge of de-
signing and creating a Merperson.
The creations will be placed as art installa-
tions in gardens within Sandy Point during the
upcoming Seachange Festival.
Members of the public will be invited to fol-
low ‘The Trail of the Merpeople’ and choose
their favourite with a prize being awarded to
the most popular.
All Merpeople can be for sale at the discretion
of the creator.
If you are keen to be involved, email an ex-
pression of interest to sally@sallygibsonpor-
traits.com.au or phone 5684 1545.
Alternatively, entry forms can be picked up at
various local outlets. Closing date for entries is
Monday, March 20.
On ‘the trail of
IN PREVIOUS years, Sandy Point has done
Kite Making at the Community Centre and this
will also be happening again this year for The
All materials will be provided and there will
also be the choice of making a wind-chime.
This will be starting at 10am on Sunday,
Donations will be welcomed.
Then at 11am it will be time to follow the
Trail of the Merpeople and pick your favourite.
The Merperson with the most votes will be
declared the winner and receive a monetary
An entry form can be obtained either from a
Roll up for kite and
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