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KORUMBURRA’S population is on
the cusp of further growth, after South
Gippsland Shire Council came closer to
approving an 82 lot residential subdivi-
The development is proposed for 66-90 Bena
Council approved a development plan for the
site, before assessing the planning permit applica-
Mayor Cr Bob Newton welcomed the subdivi-
sion, saying it would stimulate the economy.
Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said, “The coun-
cil wants to see economic development but we
do not want to see development like this cost the
ratepayers a lot of money into the future.”
By Stuart Biggins
THERE is growing interest in a proposed
development for the corner of King and
Commercial streets in Korumburra.
Organisations such the Korumburra Business
Association and the Korumburra Round Table
have met to discuss the proposal.
The proposal has not been made public and
Bryan Sword, South Gippsland Shire Council’s
director of development services, said details
were closely guarded right now to avoid jeopar-
dising the project.
What is known is that a new library will be
built at street level on the prominent site at the
western entrance to the town.
The level below is believed to be a supermar-
Potential development of the prominent street
corner occupied by the library, Federation Art
Gallery, historical society and meeting rooms
housed in the building previously the Korumbur-
ra Shire offices, together with the large allotment
alongside, has been the subject of much interest
over the years.
Representatives of the major users of the site
have been briefed by council about the proposed
The plans retain a new library on the site at
street level sitting above the supermarket, but the
shire has indicated a preference for the art gallery
and the historical society to relocate to the railway
The historical society sees being housed in the
heritage building as nothing short of perfect.
Adding to the appeal of the move, the vaults
beneath the building will provide much needed
Appealing tales: author Alison Lester inspired the students at Welshpool and District
Primary School during Book Week celebrations recently.
The author, who grew up near Yanakie, spoke to students about her book My Dog
Bigsy, which was shortlisted in the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia book of
the year awards. Dressed as their favourite Alison Lester characters were, from left Mi-
chael, Maddie, Brianna, Bree, Katelyn and Elsa.
Arts battle looms
archival space, the president of the historical soci-
ety, mayor Cr Bob Newton said.
There is, however, growing disquiet at coun-
cil’s preference for Federation Art Gallery to also
The gallery is run by the Korumburra Rotary
Club, which was told council would like to see the
gallery made a key tenant at the railway station.
Round table president Pee Wee Lewis said,
“At this early stage the round table feels it is too
early to comment in any detail as we have no pro-
posal on the table to examine.
“But we welcome the prospect of any devel-
opment in the town that will enhance community
life for our citizens, and encourage tourists to Ko-
“We look forward to having input in the plan-
ning stage, so we can ensure these aims are taken
Cr Newton said he thought retention of the
symbiotic relationship between the art gallery and
the library made a lot of sense.
He said including the art gallery in the devel-
opment also provided the potential for architec-
ture stepped-up a notch.
“Whatever is constructed on this site will cap-
ture travellers’ attention as they enter the centre of
town,” he said.
“This will be a landmark building and the op-
portunity to provide something unique, ground-
breaking even, must not be missed.
“This must be a truly inspired development
and not one held down by bureaucrats.”
Obscene acts spark alarm
A MAN was reported to have committed a sexual
act in front of a passerby at the Kilcunda car park
at 5pm Friday.
Wonthaggi Police attended and spoke to a man
in the area but they were unable to proceed further
as the complainant had left. Police investigations
are continuing and charges may follow.
Police also received two reports about men
behaving offensively inside toilet cubicles at the
Concerns were raised for the safety of children
using the toilets while the men frequent the block
for sexual purposes.
According to a local source, it is becoming a
common occurrence for older men to meet up at
the toilet block at all hours of the day.
Police will be patrolling the areas but parents
are advised to make sure children are fully super-
Anyone who sees obscene behaviour should
contact 000 immediately and make themselves
available to police.
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