The entire roof of the supermarket and the carpark will be covered with solar panels in an effort to have a positive environmental sustainability rating.

How the new Korumburra IGA supermarket will look from King Street.

IT’S official. Michael’s Supa IGA has formally committed to investing $13 million into the Korumburra community via the construction of a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable supermarket.
The supermarket will be located on the corner of King and Commercial streets in Korumburra featuring a design that responds to its prominent location at the entrance to town and also its environmental responsibilities.
And prior to submitting its application for a planning permit last Wednesday, the firm gave the South Gippsland Shire Council a complete briefing of the project plans to date.
A feature of the plans are its carbon-positive environmental footprint.
“In keeping with the contemporary developments that plan for the carbon challenged future, the supermarket will be a green building and green operation as well,” said Project Manager Nick Babalis.
“There are a number of environmentally significant features about the proposed project including using the building’s CO2 refrigeration to run the plant room, heat reclamation system and the air conditioning with a 40 per cent saving of in power usage.
“The intention is to develop a building that isn’t just carbon neutral but actually positive.”
One of the ways the project will be able to achieve such a high energy efficiency rating is through the extensive use of solar panels, according to the building’s architect Peter Jones.
“The solar panels will be right across the roof of the supermarket and also across the carpark. It will be a covered, 130-space carpark,” Mr Jones said.
“The site will be the gateway to Korumburra so it’s important that we make a good impression for ourselves and for the town generally,” he said.
“The store itself will be 3034m2 in size and there will be additional space on the second level for offices and staff amenities.”
Councillors showed a great deal of interest in the design with Cr Lorraine Brunt interested to know how the design would deal with the rising level of the street.
It was explained that the rear of the supermarket, facing King Street, would actually be underground at that point with the offices, on the first floor, facing the street.
At the end of the presentations and question, the Mayor Cr Ray Argento, acknowledged that Michaels had been “a great community contributor” and the council would be doing all it could to make the proposal a reality.
To that end, the council will consider the adoption of an engagement plan at its meeting this week to make sure the project is properly considered.
“This plan provides a commitment to community engagement, identifies key processes and required decisions and provides the community with an opportunity to shape the project outcomes.
“The engagement plan proposes that the next project steps are: To prepare a Council report to commence the statutory procedures to sell the proposed land required to facilitate the development. To undertake public consultation regarding the proposed supermarket development. To assess the Planning Permit application.