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Time is now: Leongatha high jumper Eleanor Pat-
terson will be aiming to beat her personal best jump
of 1.96m when she competes in the Rio Olympic
Games in Brazil this Thursday, August 18.
The Commonwealth Games gold medallist will
begin her campaign during the qualifying rounds
from 10.50pm our time, with the final to be held from
Patterson is pictured on her way to winning the
IAAF World Challenge high jump event in Mel-
bourne in March this year.
South Gippsland wishes her well.
By Stuart Biggins
THE site of the former shire offices in
Korumburra is about to undergo genera-
The corner of King and Commercial streets now
houses the Korumburra Art Gallery, library, com-
munity meeting room and Korumburra Historical
George Auddino of First National Real Estate in
Korumburra said the site has been sold.
Korumburra Rotary Club president, Peter Big-
gins described what is about to happen on the ripest
corner for redevelopment in the district as “an excit-
ing time for Korumburra”.
“There has been a lot of talk for the last five or
10 years but this time something is going to hap-
pen,” he said.
The old building on the site, once the Korum-
burra Shire office, will be demolished and with the
vacant allotment next door, will be redeveloped.
Who the developer is and exactly what will mate-
rialise on the site is still a closely guarded secret, how-
ever, a new library is expected to form the centrepiece
of a mixed use community/commercial development.
Korumburra can expect a new library at street
level sitting on top of and integrated with what is
highly likely to be a new supermarket.
The Rotary club has operated the Korumburra
Art Gallery since 2006 and is making a strong case
to South Gippsland Shire Council to commit to
keeping the gallery at the site.
Rotary has been purchasing the winning en-
tries from its annual art show since 1980 and this
now amounts to a magnificent collection of some
130 pieces of art independently valued recently at
The collection is housed in a vault but pieces
fill the gallery walls between exhibitions and are on
loan to other localities within the town.
Council is keen for the art gallery to be relocated
to the Korumburra Railway Station. A community
meeting will be held on September 5 to discuss the
Mr Biggins said it was difficult to imagine how
the heritage protected railway station building could
accommodate the kind of rooms which a modern art
gallery demands to mount exhibitions.
He said the art gallery and library have worked
effectively together since an entrance to the gallery
through the library was installed in 1983.
That has allowed the gallery to remain open 210
days a year, supervised only by being in earshot of
the library staff.
Long time Rotarian John Kurrle said the club had
a right to significant input about where the new gal-
lery is located.
When asked if he felt the club was being listened
to, he shook his head and said, “No.”
Mr Auddino, a past Rotary president, said of the
library and gallery, “We feed off each other and work
well together. Anyone can come in at any time when
the library is open.”
The Korumburra Historical Society too has been
briefed and the president Bob Newton – also council
mayor – said most members were enthusiastic about
the society’s likely move to the railway station.
He said the vast cellar beneath the building would
be ideal for the archives.
Cr Newton said he was keen to see gallery re-
tained as part of the library redevelopment, which he
said would cost between $4 million and $5 million.
NO ONE was injured during a two car collision
in Leongatha on Sunday.
A Mornington woman, 43, received a penalty
notice for failing to give way as she was travelling
east on Church Street, around 3.30pm.
She collided with a vehicle travelling south on
Bruce Street, driven by a 38 year old Leongatha
man, with his partner and three children on board.
Leongatha CFA’s Hazmat vehicle was called
to address leaking liquid and the intersection was
blocked for a short time.
Both cars were towed from the scene.
Guinea pigs returned
TWO Inverloch children are happy again after
their pet guinea pigs were returned.
The pets were taken from their home in Nautilus
Road, Inverloch, recently.
The guinea pigs were in a two storey wooden
cage that had been placed on the naturestrip by the
children to access fresh grass.
Police believe the cage may have been taken by
someone who was unaware the animals were inside
and thought the cage had been placed on the natur-
estrip as hard rubbish.
The cage and pets were returned by an unknown
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