KIDS and families from far and wide will flock to Korumburra when a new indoor play centre opens later this year.
That’s the hope of the man behind the vision, long-term Korumburra local Herb Treacy.
Mr Treacy is in the process of obtaining a planning permit for a new play centre at 9 Mine Road, Korumburra, which will incorporate indoor play equipment suitable for kids aged two to 12, such as slides, tunnels and rock climbing walls.
The venue will also incorporate a café and seating area and will be linked via an internal door to the Pure Fitness gym next door, so that parents can enjoy a cuppa or a gym session while the kids play under staff supervision.
Mr Treacy, who runs a real estate business in town, said he had been looking for something to do with the 400 square metre space after closing down the antiques shop that filled it for many years.
Tens of thousands of dollars worth of antiques went up in flames in an arson attack on the building late last year, and it’s sat empty ever since.
Mr Treacy said a noticeable increase in the number of young families moving to the area in recent years was what prompted the play centre idea, and he was confident the community would support it.
“The town needs something like this,” he said.
“There are about 700 kids in town every day, between the primary school, St Joe’s and Karmai [Children’s Centre], and there’s nowhere for kids to go if they’re not interested in footy or basketball – there’s not much else for kids to do. And all those kids have a birthday, but there’s not many places to hold a kids’ party.
“I think families will embrace it because there’s nothing else like it in the area. I’ve heard of people travelling to Frankston to take their kids to a play centre, and they do their shopping while they’re there. So, the hope is that this will bring people in from surrounding areas and also stop people going out of town to shop.”
Mr Treacy hopes to open the play centre by early November and would like it to operate seven days a week, employing up to five staff including a manager and permanent casual staff.
He said there were “still a few hurdles to jump” but that they were “all doable”.
“The shire’s been very supportive because they know it’s something that’s going to be good for the area. We’ve had very good feedback so far. Everybody’s very excited and positive about it,” he said.
Mr Treacy’s on the look-out for a name for the centre, with a preference for an animal theme. He welcomes suggestions from the public.
Kids’ play centre coming to Korumburra