A hundred houses for ‘Burra
SPURRING a construction boom on the outskirts of Korumburra, a residential development plan of more than 100 lots is up for public consultation.
Waiting for eight years for rezoning and regulation changes by the South Gippsland Shire Council, the owner and property developer Vic Properties general manager Livio Cellante said he hoped the next stages would not take as long.
“The bigger the town becomes the stronger it becomes. We have builders coming from Melbourne for our Daisybank estate because there aren’t enough in the area,” he said.
“If Korumburra and the council don’t take advantage of this while it lasts they will miss the boat. Stock needs to be available otherwise people will go elsewhere.
“The timeline is too long for approvals and we have experienced that with other shire councils. I can understand one or two years but this has become quite a time consuming process.”
Subject to planning approvals, the 105 lot residential development 1.2 kilometres from the town’s centre sits on the southern side of Jumbunna Road abutting Korumburra Secondary College on the west and Summers Crescent on the east.
Korumburra resident Alan Winterholter whose property is adjacent to the block said he had received a letter from council in late June about the proposal.
He said he had no real objections about the development but was concerned about the level of traffic because there would be only one access to the site through Sommers Crescent.
“I think it would be better to have two outlets rather than the single one that has been proposed, because there will be a hell of a lot of traffic coming out onto Jumbunna Road,” he said.
A source in the South Gippsland construction industry said currently there has been “extremely high demand” for building construction.
Although not aware of the development, the source said activity was in an upwards trajectory with main areas of development in Fish Creek, Foster, Leongatha, Korumburra and Toora.
This was reflected in observations from Coldon Homes operations manager James Goldsmith who said the company was “extremely busy” at this time.
With a focus on construction in towns in the Bass Coast Shire, Mr Goldsmith said he would love to see more land developed in the area.
“We have potential clients calling in looking for land daily as they want to build with us and are unable to find vacant land,” he said.
“We are still finding inquiry strong at the moment so based on this I believe it is still on an upward trajectory.”
Mr Goldsmith said he was not aware of the proposal at Jumbunna Road Korumburra.
South Gippsland Shire Council planning manager Paul Stampton said the development is within the existing town boundary.
“This land was approved for residential zoning by Council who also approved the Development Plan Overlay provisions under which the plan is assessed,” he said.
“It is likely that the advertised plan will change in a number of ways before it is re-advertised to the community.”
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