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Convention centre bid for Leongatha
IT’S a “wish-list”, only a concept plan at this
President of the Leongatha RSL Sub-branch,
Steve Wisdom, was at pains to stress that from
But if the Leongatha RSL is given the green
light, they are prepared to go ahead and build
a multi-million dollar function and convention
centre, with accommodation attached, on the
‘Carino’s site’ owned by the shire council, and
on the former preschool land, owned by the
“It would be sensational if it comes off,” said
“There’s no place in South Gippsland where
you can accommodate a coachload of people;
so it’s about tourism, hosting conventions, all
of that, but it’s really just pie in the sky at the
moment unless we get an agreement with coun-
“But yes, it would be great for the town and
for the region. No doubt about that.”
However, while Mr Wisdom was keen to hose
down expectation, a reasonable amount of
planning and effort has already gone into the
Last week representatives from the Leon-
gatha RSL briefed council on the possibility of
exchanging the current RSL site for the old Ca-
rino’s site on the opposite side of Smith Street
The Leongatha RSL already owns the old kin-
dergarten site adjoining Carino’s, on the corner
of Smith Street and Michael Place.
It purchased it from the shire at public auc-
tion some years ago.
“As the Leongatha RSL approaches its cente-
nary it is considering a new development that
requires more land than is available at its cur-
rent site,” said the shire in a media release this
Mr Wisdom said he was hopeful the Council
would assist to facilitate the project.
“This will be a significant investment, not just
for the RSL, but for Leongatha as a whole.
“We are hoping that by providing a larger
building with a new restaurant, accommoda-
tion and function centre that we will secure
enough future income to continue to provide
the RSL’s vital charitable work.
“We also think that this sort of facility will
change the nature of the way Leongatha sees
itself into the future.”
He agreed the RSL was land-locked on its
“We could go up but that would be expensive.”
It will take a significant investment on the
part of the RSL but Mr Wisdom would not be
drawn to say how much.
“We’re not putting a figure on it. If the shire
isn’t agreeable. It goes nowhere. We have done
some rough calculations but I wouldn’t be pre-
pared to put a figure on it. It’s far too early for
“We haven’t even talked to the bank and An-
zac House (RSL headquarters) who would need
to be involved.”
But he acknowledged the other site was much
bigger, giving room to expand.
For the proposal to proceed, according to
a statement by the shire, the Leongatha RSL
would require an Agreement in Principle with
“The Agreement would provide the process
by which Council and the RSL could investigate
the feasibility of the proposal.
“Council will consider a report at its Febru-
ary meeting with a view to entering into such
Mayor of South Gippsland Shire, Cr Ray Ar-
gento was positive about the proposal.
“This Council is very supportive of fostering
economic development opportunities for the
region, so from that perspective we were quite
excited to hear about the Leongatha RSL’s pro-
“That said, we are the stewards of the com-
munity’s assets, so Council will need to under-
take its due diligence in evaluating the proposal
- as will the RSL.”
Of course, such a development has the com-
plicating issue of electronic gaming machines,
however there’s been no suggestion that the Le-
ongatha RSL plans to expand beyond its pres-
ent Venue Operator’s Licence for 44 machines.
Details about the proposed agreement will
be included in the Council meeting agenda that
will be available prior to the February 22 meet-
The report will include details about the pub-
lic consultation process that would proceed any
potential land swap.
Checking out the plans on the worksite at the Korumburra Secondary College last week were students Alana Hanegraaf, left, Deanna
Chiavaroli (second from right) and Fraser Boys (right), Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien (second from left, principal Abigail Graham and
education minister James Merlino. N020617
rebuild picks up ‘steam’
EDUCATION minister James Merlino visited
the Korumburra Secondary College last week to
inspect the work on Stage 1 of the school’s rebuild.
The $5.6 million project will provide students
with ultra-modern facilities in the areas of science,
technology, engineering and maths which princi-
pal Abigail Graham expects to be key employment
industries in the future.
A new trade area will also be completed as part
of the $5.6 million work which is set for comple-
tion by the end of the third term, although much
of the heavy machinery in the trade area won’t be
moved until late term 4 to limit the impact on Year
Local firm TS Constructions has the slab poured
with steel work set to begin this week.
The upgrade also includes the refurbishment of
classrooms and a new canteen.
“The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering
and Maths) concept will transform education op-
portunities for young people in Korumburra,”Mr
“It’s a terrific facility that focusses on the areas
that Abigail sees will provide employment oppor-
tunity for students in the future.”
Mr Merlino also congratulated David Haskell Ar-
chitects and acknowledged the former government
that provided the funding in the 2014 budget.
Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien said it was
time for the State Government to come good with
funding for the next stages of the school’s over-
“While it was pleasing to have the James Merlino
visit Korumburra Secondary College to officially
launch the Stage 1 works, I remain disappointed
that the State Government has not funded Stage 2.
“The works underway now were funded in the
last Liberal-Nationals budget to the tune of $5.6
million and we further committed $9 million at
the 2014 election for Stage 2.
“Labor has not matched that commitment and I
call on the government to finish the job and ensure
that the Korumburra Secondary College gets a full
rebuild as soon as possible.”
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