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SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will
hold discussions with local community
groups in Korumburra to consider how
to utilise vacant space in their local rail-
way building. Currently the Korumbur-
ra station building is not occupied and
could provide an opportunity for a mix
of commercial and community uses.
The South Gippsland Tourist Railway previously
leased the Korumburra station building and volun-
teers are working to hand back the land, buildings,
infrastructure and rolling stock to VicTrack.
This could take several more weeks to com-
plete. The station building may be made available
for public use subject to the development of a suit-
able proposal and business case to VicTrack. Fund-
ing from VicTrack may also be made available to
redevelop the building depending on the strength
The project would complement works currently
being undertaken by VicTrack to remove sheds that
were previously used by the South Gippsland Tour-
ist Railway. The removal of these sheds will restore
panoramic views of Korumburra. If successful, the
project will revitalise the railway precinct while
providing a broad community benefit for Korum-
burra and the wider community.
Council’s Manager of Sustainable Communities
Chris Van Der Ark said the vacant station building
in Korumburra provides a great opportunity to cre-
ate a vibrant community space.
“This is an innovative VicTrack program that we
have seen successfully implemented in other areas
of Gippsland such as Trafalgar and Yarragon. Fif-
teen buildings have been reactivated across Victoria
in recent years to become community, arts and cul-
ture, tourism, business and health hubs.
“We want to support the community to get in-
volved to restore the station building and create
beautiful new spaces that respond to identified com-
“Korumburra is part of the rail corridor from
Leongatha to Nyora that VicTrack would like to see
activated within the community again. This also in-
cludes the Nyora Goods Shed and Leongatha sta-
tion buildings which are also vacant. “Introducing a
community space alongside VicTrack’s work to re-
move the former tourist railway sheds will produce
an exciting community space that will benefit the
whole of Korumburra,” said Ms Van Der Ark.
More information on the project will be distrib-
uted to local community groups who will be in-
vited to discuss their thoughts on the project with
Council to discuss use of Korumburra Railway precinct
THE latest figures show there are 9731
fewer people employed in full-time
work in the Latrobe-Gippsland region
than before Labor came into govern-
ment, Gippsland South MLA Danny
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data
indicates the region’s unemployment is at 8.2 per
cent – 2 .1 per cent higher than December 2014.
Labor said the problem was in part due to the
former Coalition Government reducing TAFE
Mr O’Brien said Labor was failing on region-
“I have recently been visiting local business in
the main streets of our towns delivering business
surveys and there’s no doubt business conditions
remain tough for some, particularly those in re-
tail,” he said.
“Coupled with the downturn in the dairy in-
dustry there is no doubt parts of Gippsland are
hurting. Labor should be doing more to build lo-
cal infrastructure like our roads which are in dire
need of work and funding, yet Labor has cut the
roads maintenance budget.
“Unfortunately there is little that Melbourne
Labor is doing to help grow jobs in our region
because Labor thinks regional Victoria consists
of Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.”
Yet more concerning is the rising unemploy-
ment rate among local youths, Mr O’Brien said.
Gippsland’s youth unemployment rate has steadi-
ly increased since late 2014 and was 12.8 per cent
This equated to 3551 fewer jobs since the
change of government in December 2014.
Labor’s Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet
Shing said Mr O’Brien “loves to play politics”.
“It was his Coalition Government that forced the
closure of TAFE campuses and failed to invest in the
education and skills development for older workers
that is so crucial to employment,” she said.
“Across regional Victoria, unemployment has
dropped to 5.7 percent, the second lowest region-
al rate in our nation, with an extra 16,300 people
in full-time employment from when the Coalition
was last in power in November 2014.
“There’s a lot of work to do in Gippsland and that
is why ministers Wade Noonan and Jaala Pulford
came to the Latrobe Valley last week with a $10 mil-
lion announcement to attract investment, export and
market opportunities and jobs for the future.
“This is what Labor Governments do - we are
investing in TAFEs, new and upgraded schools,
better hospitals and healthcare and, as we’ve just
announced, dedicated funds to get our state back
Listening to locals: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien has been visiting local busi-
nesses across the electorate to deliver business surveys and recently caught up with Jan
Parry, from Parry’s in Korumburra.
Jobs stoush looms
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