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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.

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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.


5THE FM and Holla-Fresh

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

Photos:- Lucy Pretty, Steve Chapple Photography

Holla-Fresh receive the Agriculture, Viticulture, Horticulture MBCA Award.


Holla-Fresh PL CEO Mark Lines received the MBCA Award from Chairman Margaret Chapple

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

 HOLLA-FRESH Pty Ltd  Tantanoola were announced the winners of the MBCA Agriculture, Viticulture and Horticulture category at the gala awards ceremony on Saturday night in the Civic and Arts Centre Millicent; receiving a trophy from the MBCA and an advertising package of $400-00. The South Eastern Times and 5 THE FM each contributing $200-00

The MBCA judging panel said it was encouraging to see this category growing over the years and while it was a difficult choice, one nomination stood out. Not only had the winning business grown locally from humble beginnings, providing employment in the district but it has extended its client base nationally.

As one of the leading hydroponic growers in Australia, Holla-Fresh has taken an innovative, flexible approach to ensure the highest standards of fresh herbs are grown, cultivated and delivered to Australian supermarkets. Their up-to-date machinery ensures that they are at the forefront of technology in a niche market.

Established in 1991, Holla-Fresh Pty Ltd has now grown into an independent and flourishing company with a workforce of over 40 staff; but over 24 years have employed in the vicinity of 200 people CEO Mark Lines said today. This year will mark their 25th year in business and they are grateful for all of the support they have received. Foster’s Foodland being one of their first wholesale cusotmers.
Holla – Fresh is based in Tantanoola, just 10kms south of Millicent, in the Wattle Range Region.

The Award was accepted by Co- Owner Mark Lines who congratulated the MBCA on holding such an impressive event to showcase local businesses.

The nominees in this category were -Beachport Spraying Services, Bowman’s Earthmoving, Sebastapol Machinery Service, Holla-Fresh Pty Ltd, SE Spraying Services, and Dick & Kathy Coote – Chip-It