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Festival cheer: music fans returned to the McLaren family farm for the annual NYE on the Hill music festival at Krowera on the
The festival featured incredible acts, including The Preatures, Pierce Brothers, Tash Sultana and Leongatha’s own Janie Gordon.
Korumburra Rotary Club volunteers catered for the sell-out festival from Friday through to Sunday.
DO you have a view about the old rail-
yards in Leongatha should be used?
South Gippsland Shire Council is seeking ex-
pressions of interest from people wishing to be
part of a community reference group that will be
involved in the Leongatha Railway Site Transfor-
The project seeks to improve the Leongatha
railway yard and station area for the benefit of the
community now the tourist railway has closed.
The project aims to make this large area into a
focal point in the centre of town, building on the
revitalisation works of Bair and Anderson streets.
The project will consider a new connection to
town via the old footbridge pathway, car parking,
new community spaces, rail trail access, coach stop
and beautification works.
The project involves council working closely
with VicTrack, the land managers on behalf of the
Council will consult the community about the
future of the site early this year before entering the
design phase, followed by more community en-
gagement later this year.
Contact council senior strategic planning offi-
cer Chantal Lenthall on 5662 9200 to be involved.
Council’s planning manager Paul Stampton
said council’s project to overhaul the streetscape
of Bair Street had progressed to the detailed design
stage and survey work had been completed.
Star readers shared their vision for the railyards
via The Star’s Facebook page:
Eric Chilver: “I was recently in Warragul. The
parks there are well established and numerous. I
think the railway station should be a licensed res-
taurant. Within that area a bike shop with railway
history and rail trail information with bike hire”;
Gary Burns: “A public park area that can be
used for community events, such as concerts,
markets and for general community use. The old
station buildings need to be preserved for use as
a community centre or similar. Use the area as a
gateway to the rail trail and see it as a project to
put life back into the Leongatha CBD which has
become a wasteland of empty shops”;
Allison Drury: “Car and caravan parking to the
north of the site, parkland to the south to fit into rail
trail parking and access. Transport interchange tied
into where it is now with access to the main street
where it used to be. And maybe some shops on top
at main street level but only if the shire is serious
about attracting some larger businesses to town.
Some business people are so worried about com-
petition they forget that more choice brings more
people to town to spend their money and everyone
“Leongatha is seriously lacking in anything to
encourage shoppers to town even though we have
some really lovely shops”;
Gerald Kirk: “Sell it and let the market decide.
This has been going on for years and we have not
progressed an inch. Time for positive action to get
Leongatha moving again”;
Wendy George: “Would be a fantastic place to
have a major market each month. A picnic area,
play ground, etc.”
Rebecca Easey: “Plaza!! Leongatha needs to
evolve, give people a reason to come, rather than
driving all the way to the valley or Wonthaggi”:
Craig Gittos: “Why not a miniature railway
park area and market square. Like a farm produce
Jo Fennell: “This would be the perfect site for
an arts centre”.
Angus Clydesdale: “How about functioning
railyards with a reopened railway. Just a thought I
guess!” and Fran Henke: “Trains.”
THE new playground for the Karmai
Community Children’s Centre at Koru-
mburra was officially opened yesterday
Korumburra Rotary Club donated $10,000 to
build a fort, in conjunction with the Robyn Hol-
Board members worked with the community
to develop and build the unique design.
The first of its kind to be built in Victoria, the
playground is an all natural and custom-built fa-
cility that encourages “children’s development
and recognises the importance of natural play,”
Karmai board member and project manage Ra-
chel Carruthers said.
“The garden grows and develops with the sea-
sons,” she said.
Included in the variety of equipment are forts,
natural teepees, music stations, log climbing fea-
tures, kitchen garden, stage, and dry river beds.
These facilitate jumping, climbing, exploring,
and all related important movement to encourage
gross motor skills in children.
“It encourages the exploration of natural ma-
terials and resources,” Ms Carruthers said.
Made from natural woods of jarrah, iron bark,
and black bark, the playground will encourage
children to use all their senses.
“The children are excited. The first thing they
do is touch it,” Ms Carruthers said.
By Tayla Kershaw
WONTHAGGI’S Aileen Vening is call-
ing for the community to start talking se-
riously about climate change.
Inverloch’s surf beach – an ever popular tour-
ist destination – is rapidly eroding.
This has caused two metre dunes that have
limited access to the beach in the past, and an ugly
sight created by the surrounding dead tea trees af-
fected by saltwater.
It also affected the integrity of the Inverloch
Surf Life Saving Club patrol tower, forcing the
tower to be relocated.
Ms Vening said, “The sea level is rising. That
can’t be disputed. The ocean is warming, and
warm water is bulkier. Add that to the melting
glacier, and there’s no doubt about the sea level
rising. We continue to get slightly higher sea lev-
els and storm events, which eats away at the beach
to a phenomenal scale.”
Ms Vening said the eroded beach will cause
more summer tourists to choose the inlet over the
“We need to talk about the big picture. We
see a lot of erosion in winter, and some of it may
come back in the summer but there’s always a
loss,” she said.
Ms Vening said with every wave that gravity
pulls back, more sand is being transported east
and ends up in the inlet. She said sand was mov-
ing west towards the surf beach, but as it’s mostly
rock along the coast, so there was nothing to re-
place the sand on the surf beach.
“We need to think about how we are going to
deal with this. The first thing is to stop using fos-
sil fuels that cause a blanket of greenhouse gases.
We have to start using clean energy on a massive
scale,” she said.
“It’s not all doom and gloom. Imagine the jobs
it would create if we all started putting in solar
panels and retrofitting.”
Playground ready for Karmai children
Playground present: from left, Bev Hall, Bronwyn Beach, Daniel Carruthers, Rachel Caruthers, Julie Watt, Peter Biggins, Rebecca Mar-
riott, Jed Marriott, Mark Holmes, Regan Marriott and Rani Marriott are pleased with final results of the newly constructed playground at
the Karmai Community Children’s Centre.
No access: Wonthaggi’s Aileen Vening
stands in front of the dune that limited im-
mediate access to the beach at Inverloch.
Shape Leongatha railyards’ future
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