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‘hasn’t gone stale’
THERE is no agreement between the South
Gippsland Shire Council and the developer to
buy the Korumburra Library and meeting rooms
or the old kindergarten, to make way for a new,
But it’s still a live proposal.
That was the measured response by the South
Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Ray Argento and Cr
Lorraine Brunt, when they attended a meeting
of the Korumburra Business Association last
It was one of a number of issues raised in a
wide-ranging Q&A session with Crs Argento,
Aaron Brown and Brunt.
Others issues discussed included:
• The 80km/h restrictions on Korumburra-
• Bringing forward the redevelopment of Ko -
rumburra’s Main Street
• Whether there was likely to be a development
on the old saleyards’ site,
• Prospects for the extension of the rail trail
from Leongatha to Korumburra, Loch and Nyora
• Support for Korumburra’s application to be
an ‘RV Friendly Town’.
The need to bring forward the redevelopment
of the main street, and not wait until 2020-21,
was the most pressing issue for the local busi-
ness people who attended the meeting but they
were also interested in where the much-talked
about supermarket project was at.
“The building here (where the KBA meeting
was being held) is still before council,” Cr Ar-
gento said of the library, gallery and associated
buildings on the corner of King and Commercial
“It was submitted to us and they asked ‘are you
interested?’ We said ‘yes’ we would consider it. It
came to the previous council but there’s been no
agreement,” Cr Brunt said.
“Is it making progress?” asked KBA president
“Yes, it is,” said Cr Argento.
“It hasn’t gone stale, we can say that,” agreed
Asked about the old kindergarten, disused
now that the Karmai Community Children’s
Centre was operational, Cr Argento said
“watch this space”.
But it was the redevelopment of Korumburra’s
main street that was the key item raised.
Local businessman, Brian Hess, a member of
both the KBA and the Korumburra Roundtable,
said there was a compelling case for the project
to be brought forward on the grounds of increas-
ing traffic safety.
“Leongatha has already received its partial by-
pass and we have to put up with a lot of heavy
traffic,” he said.
“One component of the streetscape plan is to
control and slow the traffic. It’s a very important
part of the plan. When is the next serious acci-
dent going to happen?” Mr Hess asked.
“I’m not going to stand up here and say we are
going to move everyone else’s project out of the
way and move yours forward,” Cr Argento said.
“I think there will be money set aside to do the
design work,” Cr Brunt said.
“But we’ll need to be attracting grant money for
this,” she said.
On other issues, Cr Argento said he had tak-
en up the issue of the 80km/h restrictions on
Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road and also another,
even worse situation at Dumbalk, with the Mem-
ber for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing, but was
yet to receive a response.
He also said that council supported the exten-
sion of the rail trail and noted there was state
government grant money for those sorts of proj-
ects, but first, a lease had to be agreed to with the
owners of the rail reserve, VicTrack.
At the end of the meeting, Mrs Cosson thanked
the councillors for attending, pledging to work
constructively with the council to get things done
The South Gippsland Mayor, Cr Ray Argento, was the special guest of the Korumburra
Business Association last Wednesday night, addressing a wide range of issues affecting the
local community. M110817
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