By Kirra Grimes

THE FORMER National Australia Bank building on Korumburra’s Commercial Street is set to take on a new life as a 114 seat ‘worship centre’ as the Southern Hills Church relocates from its deteriorating Mine Road facility.
Southern Hills, a Pentecostal church, has contracted to purchase the two-storey building at 85 Commercial Street, and plans to convert the former bank into a place of worship incorporating a large auditorium, complete with stage area; kitchen, toilet and office facilities; and a separate ‘kids church’.
The plans are subject to approval by the South Gippsland Shire Council, with the church’s permit application currently on advertisement on the shire’s website.
Pastor Rob Davey doesn’t anticipate any problems in getting the plans approved, having had positive conversations with neighbours including the proprietors of The Middle Pub, and he’s excited about the move into the main street, one he says has been a long time coming.
“We’ve been leasing our current facilities at 4 Mine Road for the past 28 years and we’re looking forward to finally being able to purchase our own premises, and establish a modern worship centre in a more central location.”
Pastor Davey said the church’s current congregation consisted of about 35 people and he hoped the new facility would help that number grow, as well as allowing the church to expand its activities.
“All churches are hoping to get bigger, and what we’re able to offer will depend on numbers. Hopefully, over time, we’ll be able to offer more. We’ve been thinking about a drop in centre, but at the moment we’re just focused on getting through the application process. Then we’ll start making bigger plans.”