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THE Andrews Labor Government is
backing a bigger, better and more ac-
cessible arts and community theatre for
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pul-
ford visited the community in Foster on Monday
to announce $50,000 for Foster Arts, Music and
Drama Association to install new seating at Foster
War Memorial Arts Centre, so it can continue to
be an important cultural and social hub.
“This important grant will help breathe new
life into the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre so
that more people can enjoy the facility now, and
well into the future,” Minister for Regional De-
velopment Jaala Pulford said.
“We know how important these upgrades are
for the community and we’ve listened because lo-
cals know best.
“We’re working hand in hand with locals to
build stronger regional communities.”
The current seating arrangements restrict the
kind of events the theatre can hold, so the usage of
the facility has reduced significantly over recent
With the installation of new retractable seat-
ing, the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre will
be a more flexible space that can accommodate
a broader range of activities that include more
people in the community.
Once the improvements are complete, the 13
community groups that use the venue will be bet-
ter placed to raise money from their events and
more people will be able to use and enjoy the
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre is the only
venue of its kind within 40 kilometres which has
the capacity to hold significant events and without
the new tiered seating, the community would be
forced to leave Foster to hold these events.
The Labor Government announced the fund-
ing from the Stronger Regional Communities
Plan, which supports community-led initiatives
that boost the capability and liveability of regional
and rural towns.
Foster community fundraised $41,000 towards
“If the community sees a project that important
they get behind it and show commitment,” South
Gippsland Shire mayor Lorraine Brunt said.
“You can never underestimate the communi-
ties’ commitment and drive.
“It is just fantastic to see when they have put
this much effort in.”
Great honour: from left, Foster War Memorial Arts Centre president Peter Clyne and Foster
Arts Music and Drama Association president Tanya Pell were presented with $50,000 by
Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture Jaala Pulford to put towards installing
new retractable seating in the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre on Monday.
Seating upgrade for Foster arts centre
THE cantilevered viewing platform pro-
posed for Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve
near Toora has been fully funded since
last October, however the $520,000 proj-
ect is yet to start.
As one of South Gippsland’s most popular nat-
Viewing platform delay for Agnes Falls
Great asset: Friends of Agnes Falls
secretary Kathy Whelan is hopeful the
cantilevered viewing platform pro-
posed for the falls will go ahead soon.
WELLINGTON Shire Li-
brary school holiday activi-
ties came to Yarram Hub last
Tuesday with many pre and
primary school aged children
enjoying a fun filled after-
noon of dancing.
Amanda Edgar from the Sale
Library delighted the children with
her energetic dance moves.
Each child received a glow stick
which really added to the atmo-
sphere of the afternoon.
Wellington Shire provides a free
holiday activities at each library
during the school holidays.
RYDER Clinton Staley was born at the Fos-
ter Hospital on June 4 at 9.04am, weighing
eight pounds and 15 ounces. Ryder is Clinton
and Tanya’s third child and a little brother for
Neave, 4 and Carter, 2.
Dance moves: Ivy and Macy Sampson learn some new
dance moves from Amanda Edgar who runs the School
Holiday library activities in the Wellington Shire.
ural attractions, visitor numbers to Agnes Falls are
only second to Wilsons Promontory.
Secretary of the Friends of Agnes Falls Kathy
Whelan said the group was disappointed the plat-
form project had stalled.
“We are anxious to see it happen, because we
know what a fantastic addition it will be for Agnes
Falls and the area,” she said.
“We were hoping it would be completed around
the same time as the Port Welshpool Long Jetty
Ms Whelan said she was doubtful the project
would be started this year.
South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Ray Argento
said the project had been approved in the council’s
He said Parks Victoria was working through the
process and was hopeful tenders to construct the
platform would be announced soon.
“From council’s point of view, we are ready to
go, the only hold up as I understand it is the approv-
als from Parks Victoria,” he said.
“Hopefully we will find out more information
from the Parks Victoria representative at the Friends
of Agnes Falls general meeting on Thursday.”
The scenic reserve is continuing to attract record
numbers and already looks on track to improve on
last year’s visitor count.
Ms Whelan said in 2017, around 34,100 people
make the walk to the falls, but that number didn’t
include people who only visit the picnic area.
“It looks like visitor numbers will be higher this
year. At this stage, comparing the figures, we are
probably a 1000 or more ahead,” she said.
“I think we are heading towards around 36,000
The friends group is currently in the process of
purchasing a trailer from the Yarram Yarram Land-
care Group for $6000 and needs to raise $4500 to
If you would like to donate to the purchase,
visit the Friends of Agnes Falls Facebook page for
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