Saleyards’ new life revealed
AN application has been lodged with South Gippsland Shire Council for a 24 hour service station with truck and car wash facilities and a fast food outlet on the former saleyards site in Korumburra.
The move came as 19.38 hectares nearby failed to sell at auction last Tuesday, October 6.
The property has South Gippsland Highway frontage, abuts the Korumburra Industrial Estate and has approval for subdivision into 47 industrial lots.
George Auddino of First National Auddino Real Estate put what was billed as a sensational development opportunity under the hammer.
He said the land was passed in for $1.4 million on a vendor’s bid and there are currently two or three seriously interested parties involved in negotiations.
The land has been in the hands of one owner for many years and as with the saleyards site, once it was cleared of the remnants of its past use, the agent said enquiries would begin to be made.
Mr Auddino said Korumburra was beginning to see significant development momentum.
In residential real estate he said, “There has been a significant increase across the board. And it is new money too, which is what we need. There is a mix of first home buyers, retirees, tree changers and investors.”
He predicted the 50 acres of residential land released for sale on the Bena Road would be quickly snapped up and it would not be long before more land was needed.
Mr Auddino said any improvements to the amenity of Commercial Street will benefit the whole town.
The redevelopment of the town’s main street is the key part of the Korumburra Streetscape Masterplan.
Brian Hess, the treasurer of the Korumburra Business Association, said, “The redevelopment is at the initial stages of everything. It is not fully funded and it will take a bit of time.
“The design and other issues have to be addressed in a logical and methodical manner.”
He said the project was still in the design and consultative phase, with the council listening to traders to find out what they do and do not want.
“The traders have their dreams and we hope our dreams can come close to matching the reality that eventuates,” Mr Hess said.
Mr Hess said the KBA’s most recent and planned events such as the Heading for the Hills visit to some of the association’s member businesses in the district on Sunday, October 25, Prom Country Cheese, Glentress Retreat and a local winery, were aimed at the business community making more and stronger connections.
He said businesses needed to know more about each other to be able to support each other.
“In today’s connected environment you have to create connected shop front businesses; we can’t live in isolation anymore,” he said.
Mr Hess indicated some people think there are too many cafes in Korumburra but he sees that as a negative view and said the community needed to embrace diversity.
“There might be many cafes – there are in just about any town of any size in country Victoria – but they are all different, they all have different strengths and successful businesses play to their strengths. Variety is the key,” he said.
Mr Hess said Commercial Street looked shabby and needed renewal.
“The infrastructure is well past its use by date and the needs of the community need to be met,” he said.
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