THE harder you work, the luckier you get, they say. And that’s certainly been the case with Korumburra.
Under the shadow of Leongatha, a bigger town less than 15km away, and the shire seat since amalgamations in 1994, it’s been “out of sight, out of mind” for most of the past 25 years.
But largely through the efforts of the town’s two peak bodies, the Korumburra Business Association and Korumburra Round Table, they’ve been able to shift some of the focus back their way… and rightly so.
The town is well positioned, closest to the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, to welcome residential growth and some pleasing developments in the past few years have been a game changer.
Upgrades to the secondary college plus the addition of the path, a fantastic children’s centre, commitment to the community hub, the rail trail extension, Bendigo Bank’s backflip and now the new IGA supermarket – it’s all happening.
And the revitalisation of the town’s streetscape can’t come quickly enough.
But one small note of concern remains, what will the eastern entrance to the town, around the famous ‘s-bend’, look like when the old ‘Top of the Town’ buildings are removed for access to the hub?
You’ll see right up the backside of Little Commercial Street and some serious landscaping or other device will be needed to improve that look.
It’s a move reminiscent of the removal of the ‘Bottom Pub’ which many in the town lament to this day.