A $105,000 solar panel, battery storage and electric car charger system is the big ticket item in a $221,000 investment proposal for the Korumburra Railway Station to make it ready for its new community-based purpose.
The cost of works is the bottom line in a 46-page business case to be formally presented to the South Gippsland Shire Council for its consideration on Wednesday, July 26.
Clearly impressed, the council will now consider a motion to support the business plan prepared by The Station @ Korumburra Working Group.
It calls for the redevelopment of the station as a venue for hire and community arts precinct catering for weddings, conferences and special events, for hire by arts groups, theatre and music groups and also as the venue for craft markets.
It is anticipated that the station will also attract tourist visitors.
Milpara Community House is likely to be heavily involved, delivering catering courses in the venue’s commercial kitchen and hosting other training courses and sessions there.
Council support and approval is a condition of VicTrack accepting the proposal, and in turn, it is anticipated that an allocation of $1.5 million, towards the cost of refurbishing the station will also be forthcoming.
VicTrack is already carrying out extensive works replacing the degraded walls of part of the railway station building – a small project which became considerably bigger as the extent of water damage was revealed.
VicTrack has indicated that it is still prepared to support the project and a suitable business plan, which would see control of the station handed over to The Station @ Korumburra group.
Council is likely seek further advice from VicTRack about the level of funding it is allocating to the railway station buildings.
Commercial kitchen fit-out $12,000, air conditioning $5000, wifi and digital projection $4000, $9000 for furniture, $25,000 for a hydronic heating pump, $12,000 for insulation, retro-fitting of double glazing in some windows $5000 are among other items on the working group’s plans.