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Give ‘Burra a go

Set up shop: Korumburra Business Association president David Amor and treasurer Brian Hess are urging the community to support a petition calling for South Gippsland Shire Council to relocate some staff to the former Korumburra Shire offices.

MOVING some council staff to Korumburra would free retail space in Leongatha, paving the way for further development in Leongatha.

That is the view of Korumburra Business Association treasurer Brian Hess, after the association last week launched a petition calling for South Gippsland Shire Council to shift some departments to the former Korumburra Shire offices in Korumburra.

The petition will be available for signing at Korumburra businesses for the next three to five weeks, before association president David Amor presents it to the June 26 council meeting.

“It (the move) makes economic sense, not just for Korumburra but the whole of the shire,” Mr Hess said.

“It makes for a more viable option than precious land in the centre of Leongatha being taken up by council offices when it should be a retail centre.”

Mr Amor said a Korumburra presence would help council to better reach the communities of Moyarra, Jeetho, Nyora, Loch and Poowong.

“If people can come into Korumburra, it makes it much easier for them. I know it’s just another 15km down the road (to Leongatha) but we are trying to get it more streamlined,” he said.

“Other shires have got two or three offices.”

Those councils include neighbouring Bass Coast and Wellington.

“Being the second biggest town in South Gippsland Shire, it does make common sense to bring some shire assets to other places in the shire,” Mr Amor said.

“By bringing more people to Korumburra, they will buy more goods here too.”

Mr Hess added: “Nyora is a fast growing area so it makes sense to get in there early.

“There is a need to decentralise. It will get council closer to the people and that makes problems easier to solve.”

As for which departments could be moved to Korumburra, Mr Amor said that needed investigation.

“Nowadays, with internet and email, you do not have to be next to someone,” he said.

Mr Hess added: “The petition is about general discussion about what the community wants to see here.”

Mr Amor is hopeful council will see merit in the proposal.

“I’m a guy that puts up an idea and has the pluses and minuses as well,” he said.

Mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy welcomed the suggestions, saying the community would have a say about the aspirations of their immediate communities on “a want-need-afford basis”.

“I fully support looking at a shared services approach. Korumburra, I hope, would be the first cab off the rank for such a service,” he said.

“On a shared service basis, the idea has a bucketload of merit.”

 

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