O c t o b e r - N o v e m b e r 2014.
A publication of the Toora & District Progress Association Inc. A 0014061P
What can we say?
Not only have we lost one, but two of
the most respected gentlemen in Toora
all in the same week. Toora is stunned.
First we get the news of the passing
of Stan Hopkins. Stan spent virtually
all his life in Toora. His father, Harold
was a policeman who was relocated to
Toora from Melbourne.
When he retired from the police force,
he ventured into farming with the help
of his boys. Stan married a local girl,
Dawn, and together raised their family
on a farm just outside Toora. Some of
the family members still reside in Toora.
Sympathy is extended to Dawn and
Then we hear the news of the passing
of George Light. George and Betty
came to Toora and purchased a small
clothing shop on the corner before they
moved into the more impressive shop in
the centre of town. Together they ran
one of the most popular clothing shops
in South Gippsland. Long hours and
hard work began affecting George's
health, so they closed the doors to
enjoyretirement in Toora.
Sincere sympathy is extended to
Betty and family.
Did you get the chance to visit the
ice-cream shop in Toora. Located next
to the laundry, the ice-cream shop is
opening on Saturday afternoons giving
you the
opportunity to purchase some of their
home-made ice-creams or gelatti.
Demand was so big last Saturday that
they sold out. If you can't make it in
to Toora on Saturday afternoon,
these ice-creams and gelatti are
available from Toora Foodworks.
Friday October 31st starting at 1:30
and Saturday November 1st from
10am until 4:30 is the very popular
Welshpool Flower Show.
Always a panorama of colour and
flowers, and the best afternoon teas.
Don't miss it!
Also on Saturday November 1st, Port
Welshpool is holding the “Rock the
Boat” festival. A great mix of music,
food and good fun. A fund raiser for
the Port Welshpool Coast Guard, it
runs from 9:30 until 4:30pm in the
ferry terminal. Bring a chair and join
the fun. November is proving to be a
busy month;
(more news page 3)
Also, available On-line from
Quick Contact List
Police, Fire, Emergency Services
Antonio’s Pizza 64 Stanley St.
“Barb’s Place” 2 Welshpool Rd.
Bendigo Bank 48 Stanley St.
Chinese take away 57 Stanley St.
Foodworks 66 Stanley St.
Hospital (Foster) 97 Station Rd. Foster
Hotel, Royal Standard, Stanley St.
Mobius Fabrications 1 Foster Rd.
Pharmacy Cnr. Stanley St. & Welshpool Rd.
Toora Medical Centre 4 Welshpool Rd. Toora
Toora Newsagents 52 Stanley St.
Toora Panels & Engineering (next to BP)
Toora Post Office 15 Stanley St.
Toora RSL Welfare Officer 28 Stanley St.
Tooralodge Motel Sth. Gippsland Hwy.
Toora Tourist Park, Welshpool Rd.
Whatley’s Plumbers & Hardware
Windmill Cafe’ 25 Stanley St.
Community Organisation Meeting Dates:
Ÿ Toora Fire Brigade Last Thursday each month 8 pm. Training, every
Thursday evening
Ÿ Toora Lions Club 1st.& 3rd.Wednesday each month 6:30pm Toora Pub.
Ÿ Lion’s Monthly Garage Sale at the Lion’s Shed, 1st.Saturday each
Ÿ Toora Hall Committee 2nd Tuesday each month 7:30 pm at the Hall
(room for more, just let us know)
Sunday 2nd Nov – the first of the very
Markets at the Foster
Garage Sales, first Saturday
month. Contact•Heather 0467
Sunday Nov 9: “Wild Women” at the
or John 0410 536060.
Toora Hall 7:30 pm.
Tues. Nov 11th, Remembrance Day
Tuesday Nov 11th, Toora Football
For all your AVON
Club AGM at 7:30pm
Wednesday Nov 12th, Toora Netball
or, just a look at the
Club AGM at 7:30pm
A date to mark on your calendar
is Sunday March 15, 2015.
It's nevertoo early to start planning.
Call Heather
This date is going to be a big day in
Toora and must not be missed.
On 0467 040 709
Happy Birthday D.
Garage Sales, first Saturday of every month.
Contact• Heather 0467 040709 or John 0410 536060.
Toora and District Community Progress Association, Inc #A0014061P
Publishers of the Toora Times Newsletter with special thanks to the Toora &
District Community Bank, Bendigo Bank, and the Toora Wind Farm for their on-going support
The Toora Times provides an opportunity for organisations and individuals to place items of
local interest, sporting results, or that little bit of news to share with the local community.
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responsibility for the content or accuracy of any submitted works.
Cut-off date for submissions or advertising is the 15th. each month. Submissions and photos
By mail, should be forwarded to; TPA/TT PO Box 45 Toora 3962.
Send all electronic submissions to the Toora Times Editor; [email protected]
Ÿ Advertising, Web Publishing & Production: Dave Berry 0418 103 801
Ÿ Feature article - Front Page, by T.P.A. members
Ÿ All other news - submitted by community groups and individual community members
School Term 2014
Term Dates
Holiday Dates
Term 2
22 April - 27 June
28 June - 13 July
Term 3
14 July - 19 Sept.
20 Sept. - 5 October
Term 4
6 October - 19 Dec.
20 Dec. - 27 Jan.
66 Stanley Street Toora.
Ph: 5686 2392
Open from 8 a.m. 7 days
Picture Framer
Muddy Creek
Service Station
Call for appointment
Evans Petroleum Gippsland P/l.
Ph: 0418 103 801
[email protected]
Custom framing of artwork
Tapestry, needlework,
football jumpers, medals
canvas prints & photos
Art restoration and repairs
Glass cut to size
Petrol & Diesel Fuels
Bottled & Auto LPG gas
Fishing tackle, ice & bait
Frozen Food & Groceries
DVD Hire, Fish & Chips, Pies
Major Cards & EFTPOS
Open 7 days 6:30 am to 8 pm
Peter & Jan Smythe 5686.2324
Toora Authorised
52 Stanley St.
A comprehensive range of;
Magazines, Office Stationery,
Toys, Gifts, Cards, Art Supplies,
and More….
The First Place for local info.
V/Line Agent
Dry Cleaning
57 Stanley Street
Open: 5pm - 8pm
Thursday to Monday
Toora Hall
Sunday 9th. November
7:30 pm
(Kitchen closes 15 minutes prior
to closing time)
Update for Friends of Agnes Falls
Toora Tennis Club
is starting
on Tues from 6pm.
All welcome.
More information
Phone Liz
An exciting morning event was held at the
Agnes Falls on Thursday 2 October 2014, with
the launch/official opening of the new visitor
facilities, by Victorian Deputy Premier and
Member for Gippsland South, the Hon. Peter
Ryan MLA.
Accompanied by Mr. Danny O'Brien MLC,
Member for Eastern Victoria, Mr. Ryan said he
was "Delighted to visit Agnes Falls and see
the new facilities which will greatly enhance
this special part of the world, attracting more
visitors and boosting the local economy. The
falls has had great support from Friends of
Agnes Falls, particularly its ambassador Kathy
Whelan, West Gippsland CMA, South
Gippsland Shire Council, Parks Victoria and a
$195,000 Government grant."
The Toora and District
Family History Group
The Toora Community Hall
(side entrance) Grey St ,
Monday - Friday
Research rooms open every
Monday 1.30 pm to 4 pm
8:30am - 6 pm
or by appointment
Saturday 9 am - 1 pm
56862443 or 56816335
Email: [email protected]
PO Box 41, Toora 3962
Sudoku Puzzle #1498
Solutions on page 13
I can run but not walk.
Wherever I go, thought
follows close behind.
What am I?
Saturday 1st November
9am to 2pm
Gold Coin entry to the pool
during this time
$20 per stall payable to Toora
Have a stall or come and browse
for a bargain
Contact Carol on 56 862 296 to
book your stall now!
25 Stanley Street TOORA 3962 in the “ Old Grain Store”
within the “ Windmill Café ” & “ Toora Bargain Centre “ Complex
OPEN : Open Thursday to Sunday 10 am. To 4 pm.
Please contact Marilynne 5686 2207
Present Exhibition “ OFF THE WALL “
Like it, Buy it, Take it.
“Barb’s Place in
Coffee, Cakes
& Light Meals
will be celebrating their 50th
Anniversary in 2015.
As part
of their celebrations, Neil Everitt is
writing a book about the
Bowls Clubs' History.
9 am. To 4 pm.
Monday to Friday
Phone: 5686.2129
2 Welshpool Rd.
Toora Bowls Club
Do you have any photos or newspaper
clippings - or any article or item that Neil
can use ? They must be relevant to the
bowls club.
Neil would love to have a look
at them and assess whether they would
fit into the book that he is writing.
Interested contributors can email Neil
[email protected]
or ph: 56743863.
~ Join Us ~
Are you retired from working - but not learning?
Have you considered joining the local U3A ? (University of the
Third Age).
A place to learn share information study - and NO EXAMS! Classes
are held around the area and home base is in the Foster
Copies of information brochures and classes available may be
obtained from the local U3A on 5682 1141.
Or visit
Public Bar
Bistro Lounge
Take-Away Meals
Keno &TAB
~ Phone: 5686.2475 ~
Monday to Friday - Lunch only Seniors meals
Tuesday Night - Parma Night
Thursday Nights 6 to 9 pm FREE pool & Jukebox
~ Styling On Stanley ~
The Family friendly
Phone 5686 2328
Crushed Rock
Garden Supplies
or 0401 014 026
Wednesday to Friday
Saturday appointments only
46 Stanley Street TOORA
Ph: 5682 1508
Community Markets
Foster Farmers Market
3rd. Saturday of the month at the Foster W.M.Hall 8:30 am to 1 pm.
Koonwarra Farmers Market
1st. Saturday of month, 8am - 12 noon, Memorial Park, off Koala
Drive, Koonwarra
Kongwak Market
Every Sunday10am - 3pm, Kongwak General Store, Kongwak.
Inverloch Community Farmers Market
Last Sunday of month, 8am - 1pm, The Glade, Inverloch
Inverloch Farmers Market
3rd. Sunday of month 8am - 1pm The Glade, Inverloch
Korumburra Coal Creek Farmers Market
2nd. Saturday of month, 8am - 1pm, Coal Creek Korumburra
Answer to riddle;
A nose
Friends of Toora Heritage Pear Orchard Inc.
Annual General Meeting Wed. 15th Oct. 2014. Toora Hall 7pm.
Supper provided. All Welcome.
Thank you to all those who attended the Pruning Day. Thank you to
Mark & Milo for demonstrating the art of pruning. Thank you to Albert
for pruning the Roses. Come along and join our community Friends
group. Fees per year. $5. Payable to Leigh, Mill St. 56862103.
Toora Family History had a very interesting guest speaker on
Monday. Jill Plowright spoke about the Toora Ramsar wetlands Corner
Inlet. Everyone (12) including to new residents to Toora enjoyed the
information Jill gave to us Re the different migratory birds, their habits &
nesting places. The Wader birds that frequent the shallows & mud flats
can be viewed from the BIRDHIDE. It was interesting to see the birds
on the screen & see there plumage, bills of different sizes, long & short
legs. All for the purpose of finding food.. Next month Tom Martin will
be our guest speaker talking about his family time spent in Toora as 1
of the 3 butcher shops. Nov 10. 2pm.
Friends of Toora Heritage Pear Orchard inc are now planning their
4th PEAR/Pair PARTY. Mar 15th .2015. Mark this date on your
calendar. If you haven’t been before you have missed a great day.
Music all day (top duets.) Stalls of local produce. Children’s activities.
Face painting & lots more. Info. Meryl. 0428864520. Check Website.
Krystal Park
Beautiful Spinning Fleeces
for sale - all colours
Men's Social Bocce
Every Sunday at
The Tennis Club,
Cunningham St. Toora.
Starts at 10am until 12 noon.
Huacaya and Suri
Carded & Raw
Hand-spun Wool
also available.
Cost: $1 to cover cuppa
and biscuits.
Bocce balls can be supplied at
$10.00 a pair or you can borrow a
pair for the first week or two.
Phone Jenny on
Give it a try!
Searching for WW 1 photos and stories
The Toora & District Family History Group is one of a number of organisations
and individuals within the “old Shire of South Gippsland that is searching for
records of those who gave the Supreme Sacrifice during the First World War,
as well as those that enlisted, served and returned. If you have a family member
that served during WW 1 and is recognised on either the local Toora cenotaph
or on an Honour Roll in one of our district halls and you can contribute some
photos, letters, or maybe a diary to help us construct a better picture of their life
before the war and their service to the Nation, it would be most welcome. The
end result will be a pictorial and documented display to become part of the Foster
Museum’s tribute to those who fought in WW 1. This project is being
coordinated by Mike Heal of Yanakie through the Foster Museum, however if
you can contribute information of those who enlisted from the districts of Toora,
Mount Best, Gunyah, and Port Franklin, then please contact Dave Berry on 0418
103 801
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