Opportunities await: report
By Brad Lester
THE former Korumburra saleyards site should become an industrial hub and the commercial heart of Korumburra developed.
The proposed route for the Kormburra bypass should also be removed from the proposed Korumburra Structure Plan.
Those were among the recommendations to South Gippsland Shire Council made in the Priority Development Panel Korumburra Report, accepted by council last Wednesday.
Council will now update the Korumburra Structure Plan and ask Planning Minister Justin Madden to introduce the plan.
The report suggested the saleyards site be rezoned from Municipal Purposes zone to Industrial 3 to allow light industry and highway businesses to be established there.
The report also recommended council encourage major retail, office and community proposals in the centre of town, comprising the blocks bordered by Commercial, King, Victoria and Bridge streets.
Cr Kieran Kennedy said people would be “celebrating in the streets” if the rezoning was approved by the Minister.
“I get the feeling the people of Korumburra just want this to move ahead,” he said.
Cr David Lewis was concerned about the cost to council of arranging land for a supermarket in the CBD.
“If that’s the case, we the council, and the ratepayers, will probably have to pay $3-$4 million to get that land together and that would put the people of South Gippsland at a huge risk, because if we spend that money, we will be at the mercy of developers because we will be desperate to get something done,” he said.
“The panel did not have examples of similar sized towns in Victoria where they have done this.”
Cr Lewis also believed the owner of the saleyards, Joe Rossi of the Rossi Group, should be consulted before the land is rezoned.
Cr Warren Raabe said the owner had had major input already.
“He wanted a supermarket complex there and that is not going to happen,” he said.
Cr David Lewis said council had acted too soon on the bypass.
“Council should have never put lines on maps for a bypass unless it is prepared to buy the land. I’m glad that’s all over,” he said.
Korumburra Business Association president Doug White welcomed the report.
“I think it’s great news for the town and great news for the Rossi Group,” he said.
“They have a chance to move forward. We’re not opposed to the Rossi Group, just to a messy eyesore at the start of town.”
Mr White said new retail developments should be concentrated with existing retail premises.
The panel is an advisory body to the Minister for Planning established to fast-track developments of state and regional significance.
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