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THERE’S much more on offer at Prom Coun-
try Lodge than just great value accommodation.
If you’re looking for some fantastic food or
just a great cup of coffee, it’s well worth a stop
next time you’re in Foster.
Drawing decorating inspiration from their
native South Africa, the lodge’s owners Victor
and Kim Bradshaw have created dining venue
‘Cafe Max’ by day and ‘Max’s Restaurant’ by
night - unlike any other you’ll come across in
But they don’t just cater to exotic tastes, with
a menu full of your favourite breakfast, lunch,
and dinner options, including vegetarian dishes
and delicious winter warmers like Gippsland
beef raggu and lasagne.
Everyone’s welcome at Cafe Max, and it’s be-
come a popular weekend brunch spot in the
three years since Victor and Kim invested in a
brand new commercial kitchen and employed
an executive chef, with the aim of creating a great
dining venue not just for guests of the Lodge, but
for Foster’s locals and day-visitors too.
The coffee at Cafe Max is unbeatable, with a
fresh order of beans delivered every Tuesday,
roasted just the day before at Trafalgar South’s
Southern Addictions roastery. The freshly
baked scones served up at Café Max’s Friday
Devonshire teas are also earning a reputation
for all the right reasons.
This winter at Max’s Restaurant, you’ll have
the chance to dine with friends old and new at a
series of monthly long table dinners. Designed
to draw locals out to socialise, despite the cold
nights, new residents of Foster and surrounds
are encouraged to join the table and share a
beautiful meal with 20 new friends. A special
set menu will be on offer at each dinner, with
the main menu also available to order from.
Prom Country Lodge is well worth a stop if
you’re looking for great food, great ambience,
and great accommodation options, including
deluxe spa and family rooms.
If all that’s not enough of a lure, also on site and
open for bookings is the Sanctuary Spa, offering
a range of beauty treatments and massage.
Prom Country Lodge is located at 3800 South
Gippsland Highway, Foster.
Breakfast and lunch are available at Cafe Max
seven days. Brunch is available from 8am to
2pm on weekends, and dinners are available
from 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Long table dinners will be held on the second
Wednesday of each month throughout winter.
Phone 5682 2022 for bookings or more in-
PHILLIP Island Nature Parks’ research and con-
servation activities have entered an exciting new
phase following last week’s launch of SealSpotter.
It’s a research portal that allows citizen scien-
tists to monitor Victoria’s fur seal populations
and contribute to vital data gathering from the
comfort of their own homes.
“SealSpotter harnesses the drone (RPA – Re-
mote Piloted Aircraft) technology we are now
using to monitor several colonies of Australian
fur seals on Victoria’s offshore islands,” said Dr
Bec McIntosh, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ re-
“Our drone is equipped with a high resolution
camera so we can systematically and efficiently
photograph an entire fur seal colony within a
matter of minutes.
“These images are then uploaded to the
SealSpotter portal for people out in the com-
munity to help us count the seals, identify num-
bers of pups and even spot entangled seals to
assist in our conservation efforts.”
Some of Victoria’s fur seal colonies can num-
ber in the tens of thousands, so the contribu-
tion made by citizen scientists who can count
the various populations accurately and effi-
ciently through SealSpotter is highly valued.
Remote monitoring also has the very significant
benefit of causing no disturbance to the seals, un-
like more traditional methods which require re-
searchers to physically access the colonies.
Citizen scientist collaborators can log on to the
SealSpotter portal at their own convenience, and
choose how long they want to be online.
Early reports from some of the community in-
volved in the testing phase suggest that some found
it to be both addictive and relaxing, and most felt
a sense of wellbeing about making a valued contri-
bution to ongoing research and monitoring.
“We are excited not only about the collection of
data, but also about some of the other benefits this
type of accessible research collaboration brings.
“By engaging with a wide range of citizen sci-
entists including individuals, schools and spe-
cial interest groups, we are hoping that there
will be an ever increasing awareness within the
community of the need to support research to
better understand our natural world and im-
prove conservation,” Dr McIntosh said.
The SealSpotter portal has been developed by
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ researchers thanks
to generous funding from the Penguin Founda-
tion and the Telematics Trust.
SealSpotter is now live on www.penguins.org.
South Gippsland Shire Council is working on a new Road Safety
Strategy and would like your feedback. The survey aims to identify
problem areas, troublesome issues and to get a better appreciation
of the conditions encountered by local road users.
Road Safety Survey
You can complete the survey at:
FOSTER • WILSONS PROM
3800 South Gippsland Highway, Foster
a place to rest & recover
Fully licenced - bookings essential
Tuesday - Saturday from 6pm
Open daily -
range of beautiful treatments
Text or call Mandy to book 0418 863 404
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is working on
a new Road Safety Strategy and is seeking feed-
back from regular road users via an online survey.
The survey aims to identify problem areas,
troublesome issues and to get a better appre-
ciation of the conditions and circumstances en-
countered by road users locally.
The survey will be the first stage in the devel-
opment of the new strategy.
Consultation with key user groups and com-
munity committees is planned for May and June.
John Ernst, the council’s Road Safety Aware-
ness officer, is keen to get as much feedback as
possible from local road users to help identify, and
address, road safety issues in South Gippsland.
“In the past five years there have been 473 ca-
sualty crashes in the South Gippsland Shire, re-
sulting in 154 serious injuries and 19 fatalities.
It is important to bring those numbers down.
“We can analyse crash data and tap the knowl-
edge of our engineers and the Police. However,
to get a better understanding of why crashes
occur, where the main problems are, and the
opportunities to make improvements, we need
feedback from the local community. We encour-
age everyone to have their say,” Mr Ernst said.
The survey can be completed on the council’s
website via www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/
The survey only takes a few minutes to com-
plete and will be used to write a strategy that
works for the community.
No personal information will be recorded or
retained. The survey closes May 31.
SOUTH Gippsland residents are reminded
that pet registrations are now overdue for the
2018/19 pet registration period.
All domestic animals are required to have
their registration renewed by April 10 each year.
Registration renewal forms were sent out for
the 2018/19 period in early March.
Reminder notices have also been issued to pet
owners who have not renewed their registration.
These payments can be made online at the
council’s website, in person at the council’s of-
fice, at Australia Post outlets or using BPay de-
tails on the renewal notice.
South Gippsland Shire Council’s Local Laws
coordinator Bruce Gardiner spoke about some
of the benefits of animal registration.
“Registration assists in the speedy recovery of lost
animals and in reuniting them with their owners.
“It gives us the fastest method for contacting
owners in cases where pets might have been in-
jured or attacked by another animal.
“In addition, registration fees help provide
important pet related services within South
Gippsland such as animal management and
community education about responsible pet
ownership,” Mr Gardiner said.
Further details of the benefits of animal regis-
tration are available on the council’s website at
Random inspections are conducted through-
out the municipality to identify unregistered
dogs and cats. Owners found with unregistered
animals or animals with expired registration
may be fined or subject to further action.
Pet rego reminder
Share your views on road safety
Next time you’re in Foster, be sure to stop by Prom Country Lodge. Owners Victor (pic-
tured) and Kim Bradshaw are dedicated to creating memorable dining experiences for locals
and visitors alike.
More than meets the eye
at Prom Country Lodge
Drone technology is being used to keep an
eye on seal colonies.
Community invited into
new research portal
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ research scientist Dr Bec McIntosh on Seal Rocks.
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