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LAST meeting, Korumburra Rotarians en-
joyed an informal get together for the club’s
first meeting of the 2017 Rotary year at George
and Renee Audinno’s home.
George gave a brief summary of the NYE on
the Hill and the Korumburra Swap meet events,
where in total near $15,000 was raised as profit.
President Peter Biggins reflected on the past
year, in particular on those members who
have not been well over the year. Peter gave a
report on January 3 handing over of a check
for $10,000.00 from the club sponsored ‘Robin
Holmes Foundation’ to the ‘Karmai Community
Peter also thanked all involved in the club’s
Ken Sim has now completed the Walking
Track historical sign information board.
The Art Show committee reported their dis-
appointment that the Bendigo Bank has now
withdrawn sponsorship for the club’s Art Show
On Tuesday, January 16, Korumburra Rotary
is meeting at The Austral Hotel for a normal
Coming events included Korumburra Rotary
Club’s Annual Art Show on February 10, 11, and 12.
On March 4-5 the club’s self-drive mystery
Tour d’Backyard to ‘somewhere around the
area’ is on again.
Korumburra Rotarians Allan Perks and Ken Sim put the finishing touches to the Walking
Track historical sign information board.
Children’s centre and
other projects for Rotary
One of the major concerns for Council in
2017 is the vacancy rate of shops in our ma-
jor towns. Having a vibrant business districts
is one of Council’s priorities and I am keen to
hear from people on how they think Council
can assist in addressing this issue.
I will be speaking to the leaders in our busi-
ness communities and other interested parties,
initially based in Foster, Korumburra and Leon-
gatha, where I hope to collectively address the
best way to tackle this issue and discuss ideas
how we can all facilitate the attraction of more
economic activity to our region.
Council’s Economic Development and Tour-
ism team has a wide-ranging role which in-
cludes supporting and encouraging the develop-
ment and attraction of businesses; promoting
the area to visitors and potential residents; and
developing the business cases for critical infra-
structure projects that help to enable local eco-
The team works closely with all levels of gov-
ernment, surrounding Councils and other key
groups such as Destination Gippsland and
Prom Country Regional Tourism to support
these activities and also coordinates workshops
to help local businesses develop their skills and
capabilities. Importantly, the team has a critical
role in assisting with economic recovery from
natural disasters and economic downturn.
Some of the activities the team is currently
By Cr Ray Argento
working on include providing economic analy-
sis and business engagement support for Coun-
cil’s main street redevelopment program; help-
ing to establish new collaborative networks for
local food producers and manufacturing busi-
nesses; and working with our neighbouring
shires to attract new investment into the region.
Some of the learnings from other towns with-
in our Shire and beyond will no doubt be used
to influence ideas on how Council can assist
on this important issue and will be considered
when we formulate our Council Plan.
Someone with a passion for business is my
colleague, Councillor Andrew McEwen:
Cr Andrew McEwen:
“The new Council is blessed with a diversi-
ty of backgrounds and talents which include:
farming, banking, community work, teaching
and business. All have committed to working
collaboratively for constructive change.
“There is a recognition that we need to work
with the community to fashion a preferred vision
for the future. We need to define the characteris-
tic that we all cherish and believe should be pro-
tected. We need to work collaboratively to define
opportunities for sustainable development. We
need a community dialogue about the preferred
size and nature of development of the Shire.
“I am looking forward to working with my
Councillor colleagues to define our priorities
for development for facilities through transpar-
ent and accountable master plans for sport,
recreation and cultural facilities, for main
street renewals and a clear policy for economic
and tourism investments.
“I am sure that we have a Council that is
strongly committed to increase the emphasis
on supporting economic development, for de-
velopment of attractive contemporary commu-
nity infrastructure and for equity and fairness
in the distribution of new facilities.”
Korumburra Rotarians including President Peter Biggins and Mark Holmes present a
$10,000 cheque from the Robyn Holmes Foundation to representatives of the Karmai Com-
munity Children’s Centre.
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