Saleyards progress at last

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Saleyards progress at last

Just ecstatic: Korumburra Business Association president David Amor is overjoyed with the rezoning of the Korumburra Saleyards site.

REZONING of the Korumburra Saleyards site has left everyone involved overjoyed.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Warren Raabe received approval from the Planning Minister Matthew Guy for Amendment C60 last week, after lodging it with the minister in June.
“Both council and the Korumburra community welcome this announcement which will allow the developer to progress his plans expediently,” Cr Raabe said.
The amendment applies to the entire area of the former Korumburra Saleyards site situated at the intersection of the South Gippsland Highway and Sanders Street, and rezones the land to the Industrial 3 Zone.
That zoning provides for light industrial businesses to be developed on the site, providing a natural extension of the existing industrial precinct.
The minister has made no changes to the amendment which was undertaken in the interests of the community by council.
“The amendment also applies a Design and Development Overlay (Schedule 7 − Korumburra Industrial Area Highway Precinct) to a depth of approximately 100 metres south of the frontage with the South Gippsland Highway,” Cr Raabe said.
“This overlay will ensure that the standard of development in the Korumburra Industrial Precinct is of high quality and visually stimulating.
“It recognises this area as situated at the main gateway to Korumburra, and that the design and layout of buildings and signage should enhance the visual quality and amenity of the gateway.”
Joe Rossi from the Rossi Group owns the site and is pleased the saleyards have finally been rezoned.
“Now we can move on,” he said.
“Now we’ve got something to offer to the interested parties.
“In the past we didn’t have any rezoning and we couldn’t say ‘Yes, it’s going to be ready in three months, six months, a year, two years’. That was a problem because people didn’t want to wait around so they moved on to other areas.”
Mr Rossi said the decision will lead to substantial growth in Korumburra.
“It took a while but it should be the beginning of big things to come for Korumburra,” he said.
“We’ve also had 200 acres of farm land rezoned for residential use and we’re looking at doubling the population of Korumburra by 2026.
“Any investors who want to invest in Korumburra, this is the moment now before prices get out of hand.”
Mr Rossi said the new developments would provide jobs for the less mobile members of the community such as single mothers and teenagers.
“I am a family person with kids of my own and know that these job opportunities will be great for the kids in the future,” he said.
Korumburra Business Association president and industrial estate business owner David Amor welcomed news of the minister’s decision.
“I am absolutely ecstatic over the minister’s decision,” he said.
Mr Amor has been vocal about the neglected state of the site.
“The days of Jurassic Park are now over and Joe Rossi now has no excuses to leave to land dilapidated,” he said.
“Korumburra is the gateway to South Gippsland and when this eyesore is gone, tourists will flock to the region.”
Mr Rossi said preparation and clearing of the land is now on the cards.
“It goes hand in hand. If you’re going to sell a property, you’re going to have to prepare it,” he said.
“We’ll apply for a permit for different uses and we’ll look at it then.”
Mr Amor is excited about the future development of the town.
“With new development jobs will become available,” he said.
“This is vital if we want to retain the region’s youth.”
Both Mr Amor and Mr Rossi agreed that council’s hard work on the issue could not go unnoticed.
“I am extremely happy with the South Gippsland Council’s input in the process,” Mr Amor said.
Mr Rossi said: “A big thank you goes to the council for appointing people such as Tim Tamlin as CEO and Phil Stone who have been very instrumental in progressing with a number of developments in Korumburra.
“We need to give some credit to the council because they get a lot of bad publicity but when it’s good we should recognise it.”
The amendment will come into effect when notice of its approval is published in the Victorian Government Gazette. This is expected to take place within the coming fortnight.

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