IX years after the project was first adopted by the South Gippsland Shire Council, the people of Korumburra community finally know what their community hub will look like – in concept.
Council last week released concept designs by architects FJMT Studio showing a modern, two-storey building with flowing curved lines.
The Korumburra community was offered a sneak-peek at a community forum on Monday ahead of the council meeting.
Administrator Rick Brown said about 30 people attended the forum and the designs received overwhelming support.
The main entry foyer is on the upper level of the hub along with two to four classrooms, a meeting room, computer lab, the library, an outdoor deck and facilities for the Korumburra Historical Society.
Milpara will share the ground floor with a consult/counselling room, Centrelink office, Foodbank, Rotary store, accessible toilet, waiting area, cleaner’s store/laundry, and a flexible learning space/dining area with a kitchen and store.
Amenities are provided on both levels and a lift has been included in the design.
A community hub for Korumburra was recommended in the Korumburra Community Infrastructure Assessment adopted by council in 2013.
Council settled on the final site, the former kindergarten at 4 Victoria Street, Korumburra, in September this year.
A planning permit is required for the development and will be advertised early in the new year.
Council expects the design and tender documentation to be completed by the end of May and for the tender process for construction to start in June next year.
Council recently received a $750,000 grant towards the construction of the new library from the state government’s Living Libraries program.
The concept designs and plans have been published on council’s website and will be widely displayed throughout the Korumburra community including at the library and senior citizens’ club.