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Dedicated teacher recognised

Carol Bishop 30 years w children

Early childhood teacher, Carol Bishop celebrated 30 years of service at the Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre this week. Carol’s dedication and commitment was recognised at an afternoon tea held in her honor, attended by colleagues both past and present, and of course, the children she cares for so expertly.

 Carol is pictured cutting the cake with the children looking on.

Source: Wattle Range Council

The late Mr Bob Foster honoured with the MBCA Inaugural Community Spirit Award

Community Spirit Award

The late Mr Bob Foster with the Red Truck – Courtesy Komma Media

by S  Lowe 5THE FM’s newsonline wattlerangenow

The MBCA Community Spirit Award is a new award created by the MBCA to recognise the generosity of a well-known businessman, the late Mr Bob Foster, who earned a wonderful reputation for his generosity in supporting the community throughout his lifetime. A man who felt so blessed in 1947  to own his own business, decided he would continually seek to bless others through this business. It was a decision he lived by during his entire lifetime and whose generosity has helped so many  –  over many decades.

This award will be sponsored by Foster’s Foodland, in future years, in memory of their founder, affectionately known as ‘boss’.

In a surprise twist on the night of the awards, it was announced that the MBCA’s Inaugural Community Spirit Award was to be sponsored this year by the Millicent Business Community Association as the panel had determined, “there was no alternative than to award it to the business that has set the bench mark for us all to aspire to”.

The MBCA Inaugural Community Spirit Award was awarded to FOSTER’S FOODLAND Pty Ltd.

Brian Foster had been invited by the MBCA to present the award to the winner but instead, a surprised Brian and Cathy Foster  were presented with the Inaurgural Award in recognition of Brian’s  father’s commitment to this community over 67 years in business, and his legacy that has inspired a second generation through Brian and in more recent times, a third generation through David to continue the family business in Millicent; a business that has successfully spanned 68 years since it’s early beginnings in Rendelsham.

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Brian Foster accepting the MBCA Community Spirit Award in honour of his father the late Bob Foster. ‘Dad would be humbled’ he said. Photo courtesy of Steve Chapple Photography.


On accepting the award Brian said his father would be humbled that such an award had been created in his memory. Brian said in acknowledging his father’s achievements, his mother did everything else so that his father could just work and run the business; a partnership that together achieved a great deal.

Each year the MBCA , through the judging panel, will seek to recognise a business, which through their exemplary actions deserves to be recognised for their commitment to community.

Mrs foster

Mrs Foster (centre) received flowers as a token of appreciation for her family’s contribution to community. The Community Spirit Award was awarded to Fosters Foodland in honour of the late Mr Bob Foster’s support of his community. l-r Nicola Meegan, Kathy Sporer, Brian Foster, Mrs Beryl Foster, Cathy Foster & Karen Hateley. Photo by Lucy Pretty

Mrs Beryl Foster attended the event with her daughter Pam and son in law Alan Crowe,  son Brian and daughter in law Cathy,  and was presented with a sheath of flowers as a token of appreciation for all she and her late husband have done for the community and to wish her a belated 90th birthday which she celebrated a few weeks ago. Mrs Foster said she was overwhelmed by the award in her husbands memory and very appreciative of the flowers and best wishes.


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Bill and Kaye Thoroughgood, Pam and Alan Crowe, Mrs Beryl Foster, Mark and Deb Lines Holla-Fresh

Photos:- Lucy Pretty, Steve Chapple Photography

Dylan Lambert receives Young Employee Award

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Winner of the Young Employee of the Year Dylan Lambert


by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

MBCA Young Employee of the Year was won by Dylan Lambert a 3rd year apprentice with Millicent Toyota. This award is  Sponsored by Millicent Rotary Club and  President of Millicent Rotary Club Mary Altschwager presented the award. The MBCA Young Employee if the Year is for employees under 21 years of age.
Dylan is a third year apprentice with Millicent Toyota and has performed exceptionally well in his TAFE studies. He is neatly presented, is friendly and treats the customers well. He is a valued member of the staff at Millicent Toyota his employer said.
To begin his apprenticeship he had to leave school in year 11 but has returned to studies privately to complete year 12 to make sure he is qualified for what ever he decides to do in his future. He is doing this in conjunction with his TAFE studies for his apprenticeship. The panel thought this showed a commitment and a mature approach to his future employment.

Nominees were:- Chloe Golding – Salt & Pepper Seafood, Casey Seidl – J & M Shanks, Paul Smyth – Elec-Air, Dylan Lambert – Millicent Toyota, Daniel Renehan – The Balcony Cafe, Alisha Bell – Kutz on Kentish, Ella Osborne – Target Country Millicent, Nicola Meegan – Foodland and Somerset, Julian Maiden – Acky’s Deli, Shannyn Lee Milton – New Heaven Restaurant, Josh Jennings – Target Country Millicent