THE list of achievements for the Korumburra Business Association and the town in general in the past year, as detailed by KBA president Noelene Cosson last Thursday night, at the group’s annual general meeting, is quite impressive.
And as special guest at the meeting, the South Gippsland Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt said, there are some significant developments to look forward too as well.
And you need look no further than the venue chosen for the AGM, the brew room at the new Burra Brewery which has been one of a number of fine additions to Korumburra in the past year.
“Since the annual meeting last year, you’ve gone from strength to strength,” Cr Brunt said, praising the KBA for energising the community with its positivity.
“They want to work with you and are excited to be involved and they want you to keep it going.
“And it will keep going. There are a lot of things planned, we can’t deny that. Some things are nearly there and if you bear with us a little longer we’ll start to see those things rolling out.”
The Mayor rolled out one of those new things for Korumburra the following night, announcing significant funding for the Korumburra Recreation Reserve and the Korumburra City Soccer Club.
In her president’s report, Ms Cosson listed many of the achievements through the year, including: membership hit 105 including PCRT joint membership providing access to the
Korumburra Tourist Brochure and the visitkorumburrra.com.au website, RV Friendly Town accreditation, generous support for the Christmas Tree project and Christmas celebration, newsletter every quarter, submissions to the Shire Annual Budget & Draft Rating Strategy, attending the IGA Supermarket development information sessions, highlighting the shortage of a police presence in this area, keeping empty shop windows alive with displays of interest and many more.
“Things are changing for Korumburra with some exciting new businesses opening in the main precinct over the past few months and others relocating to different premises as some businesses close their doors. “Our Industrial Estate remains very stable with some new businesses moving into that area and new factories being built.
“We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to shop locally first and support the businesses that help make our town what it is today.”
Mrs Cosson thanked the Burra Brewery, John Kennedy, the operators of the Borough Department Store and others for having a vision for the town and going with it.
“We have to support what they are doing by keeping our shops clean, revamping them outside, greeting people with a smile, being helpful to customers and visitors.
“As business people we are all in tourism as well and if we give our customers a good experience it will spread around,” Mrs Cosson said.
She also thanked committee members and all who had supported the KBA through the year.
The purpose of the meeting, to elect a new committee and to set the membership fees for the year were dealt with quickly; Mrs Cosson being reelected as president, Kate Murphy as vice president, Shirley Arestia as secretary, Kelly Hughes treasurer, and committee members including Gil Freeman and Paul Whelan.
The KBA’s finances are good with a closing balance of $7701, much of that a Christmas decorations reserve.
The membership fees for 2019-20 will rise to $60.
Korumburra ‘going from strength to strength’