By Nathan Johnston
IF YOU’RE going to knock over a town’s library, art gallery, historical society headquarters and main meeting space, you’re going to need to have contingency plans in place to keep the locals happy.
And to that end, the South Gippsland Shire Council deserves some credit for its work to satisfy the angst in Korumburra.
The wrecking ball is likely to swing through the old Korumburra Shire offices in July to make way for a new supermarket in town, but a replacement community hub won’t be built at the railyards for three or four years.
The library was the main concern but it appears the solution, to temporarily relocate it to the former Korumburra Kindergarten site, is ticking all the boxes.
The old kinder will get a $300,000 refurbishment to bring it back to life.
It’s centrally located and easily accessible. The plans have the approval of the community, the council and the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation.
The council hopes to sort an agreement between the Korumburra Historical Society and the Senior Citizens Club.
The historical society has some high tech gear, and the senior citizens building could use a revamp. It’s probably a good time for the committees of both to put their hands out for a friendly sweetener to help clinch the deal.
The art scene in Korumburra – and South Gippsland – is likely to take the biggest hit.
The Federation Gallery is the region’s main dedicated gallery space and provides a venue for artists across the region to exhibit their work.
The Rotary Club of Korumburra managed the space and is in the process of emptying out its extensive collection. It will be held in storage in Leongatha.
While the gallery is an essential part of the hub, and Milpara Community House is part of the plans too, what happens if the interim moves of the library and historical society prove successful?
Would that leave space at the hub for a town hall/performing arts space that Korumburra doesn’t have?