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Foster Golf Club
7 Reserve Street, Foster • 5682 2272
Clubhouse and Bar open 7 days
Cart and club hire available
Tuesday - Sunday
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29 Toora Rd, Foster 5682 2095
Wholesale suppliers throughout
Foster Golf Course is an 18-hole public course. It has undulated fairways and
is a challenge for all golfing levels.
A challenge in a beautiful setting
FOSTER Golf Club is an 18-hole
public golf course.
With its small greens the course
is relatively short in length, but
still a challenge for golfers of all
Part of the challenge is negotiat-
ing the well- established trees and
The course is just 1.8km from
the South Gippsland Highway
(and well signed).
The course is open for members
and guests, and welcomes social
Golf carts, equipment and golf
buggies are available for hire.
Bookings for bigger groups are
advised to the clubhouse on 5682
You can get in touch with nature
at the beautiful Foster Golf Course
enjoy a game by yourself of with
a group of friends.
You can also join in the open
competitions on club days.
Upcoming is the annual Patter-
son Cheney Foster Week of Golf
held every March. Played over five
days there is Stableford, Ambrose,
Stroke and Fourball events.
After the game, sit back and enjoy
the day at the fully licenced bar and
bistro with Foxtel and free wi-fi.
A courtesy bus is available on
Friday and Saturday evenings.
Animals to star at Foster Show
THE Foster Show packs in a lot
for its one-day event.
The 109th Foster and District
Show will be held on Saturday, Feb-
The Foster showgrounds are full
of events, from the three rings for
horses on the oval, to the ‘Avenue of
Agriculture’ and Side-Show Alley.
“The Foster Show is so different
from what you see elsewhere,” show
secretary Denis O’Neil said.
“So many shows are all about
rides and show bags, but we’re
proud of our rural community and
want to showcase it.”
The horse events are very popular
and run from 8.30am.
A spot in the grandstand gives ex-
cellent views of the show jumping
and dressage events.
The equestrian link is even stron-
ger this year with the incorporation
of the HorseArtsAnzac project, and
the special guest who will officially
open the show.
Internationally qualified eques-
trian judge Bev Shandley and sister
Yvonne will be the special guests
with the honour.
Fifteen stalls have already been
confirmed for the ‘Avenue of Agri-
In its third year, the Avenue of
Agriculture showcases niche farm-
ing enterprises, displaying a diverse
agricultural industry from herbs,
goats and rabbits for meat and
fleece, truffles, saffron, aquaculture
“You can speak with the owners,
seek advice, admire the animals
and question how it’s all done,” Mr
“They’ve all got fascinating stories
you won’t see such a diverse range
of passionate people in agriculture
• Horse events on the oval from
• 11am; Miss Showgirl and Mas-
• Noon; Official opening of the
• 12.15pm; Sheaf Tossing
• 12.30pm; Dog High Jump
• 1pm; Foster Show Idol
• 1.15pm; Gum Boot Throwing
• 1.45pm; Dog Parade
• 2pm; Grand Parade and open-
ing of HorseArtsAnzac.
Light Horse art on show
AS AUSTRALIA wraps up com-
memorating the centenary of the
ANZACs, artists Kim McDonald and
Anda Banikos have brought the sto -
ry of the thousands of horses that
also served to life.
The two artists had worked to-
gether on previous projects – put-
ting art on horses down at Sandy
Point for a street art exhibition.
“We could see that making horse
rugs could be easily translated into
an art project that involved the
community and the history of the
“The more research we did into
it, the more we found out about the
local connections – some of those
who served in the 8th Light Horse
brigade left from this area with their
“We also found that their history
is still living on – a lot of these ser-
vicemen had a real love of horses
and connection with horses; that’s
been passed down through genera-
The artists haven’t had any prob-
lem getting the community involved
in the project.
They’ve visited schools, run work-
shops and are now in the process of
sewing all the community’s artwork
onto the calico horse rugs.
The HorseArtsAnzac project has
brought together many groups and
has kept the region’s history alive.
Those involved in the project in-
clude: Snake Island Cattlemen As-
sociation, Foster RSL sub-branch,
Stockyard Gallery, Korumburra
Federation Gallery, Foster Commu-
nity House, CWA, Federation Train-
ing, Welshpool, Toora, Fish Creek,
Tarwin Valley and Tarwin Lower
primary schools, South Gippsland
Secondary College, the Foster Show
Society, and more.
The horse rugs will be officially on
public display at the Foster Show’s
grand parade on February 27 at
“A big issue for us was being able
to put the rugs on the horses and
“We discussed it and thought ‘why
not be part of the grand parade?’
“People look forward to the show,
and horses are a big part of the Fos-
ter Show, so we contacted show sec-
retary Denis O’Neil and it’s just fit
“When I heard what they’re doing,
it sounded wonderful to me,” Mr
“It’s a celebration of the horses in
the region both historically and in
modern day life.”
After the Foster Show, the rugs
will be put on display at Korum-
burra’s Federation Gallery, and Fos-
ter’s Stockyard Gallery.
The artists are still looking for
ways to hang the rugs over horse
cut-outs in the galleries. Wooden
frames cost around $150 and the
artists would appreciate sponsor-
ship and assistance.
People who may be able to help
are urged to contact the artists by
Delving in to history
HAYLEY Wood joined in the
HorseArtsAnzac project due to her
interest in art and horses.
She has since learnt so much
more and has uncovered a family
“I was talking to mum about the
project and she mentioned we had
a family member who was in the
Light Horse,” Hayley said.
“We found out he enlisted from
Korumburra and served four and
a half years overseas in the 4th
Further research showed Hay-
ley’s great, great, grandfather
William Charles Cruickshank
(4/1/1890), was awarded the Dis-
tinguished Conduct Medal while
serving in Gaza.
As a scout, he and his four men
were heavily shelled. Despite this,
and enemy observation, he carried
out his mission fearlessly.
When riding back to camp, un-
der fire, hanging on the side of his
horse with one leg over the saddle,
he felt an impact on his foot.
Thinking he had been shot, he
dismounted he had a look and
found that the bullet had just
missed – the heel of his boot was
The 4th Light Horse went on to
serve in Beersheba, Southern Pal-
estine, Damascus, Jordan Valley
He returned to Jumbunna, mar-
ried Ida Pascoe and had four chil-
“I probably wouldn’t know any-
thing about him if it wasn’t for
this,” Hayley said, looking at the
artwork she and some students
submitted for the rugs.
Local school students, crafters and artists have banded together to
commemorate the men who served in the 8th Light Horse Brigade that
was raised in South Gippsland. Those involved in the project include
Foster Show Society secretary Denis O’Neil, artist coordinator Kim Mc-
Donald, and front, South Gippsland Secondary College student, and
great, great granddaughter of a 4th Light Horse Brigade member Hay-
ley Wood. D065015.
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