Stage one of Nagambies new streetscape officially opened, Euroa Gazette, Euroa VIC

THE first stage of Nagambies main streetscape development was officially opened last Friday, completed with a new roundabout and additional car parking spaces at the towns entrance. The $830,000 State Government project, which began in 2013, was officially unveiled on the corner of High and Goulburn streets by Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria). A spokesperson at Strathbogie Shire Council said a concept plan for the full length of the street was initially prepared, which included street beautification, provision for outdoor dining and facilities to encourage buses and recreation vehicles to stop in the town centre. They said the roundabout concept was adopted by a steering committee, with council consulting with traffic engineers and VicRoads. A new entrance, exit and curbing were constructed for the roundabout approaches and a new service line to businesses on the western side of the roundabout was constructed, together with a bus bay, they said. Twelve new angle parking bays were also created, adjacent to the western service road. Mayor and Nagambie resident Cr Deb Swan said since the Nagambie by-pass opened in 2013, almost 2000 fewer trucks and around 9000 fewer vehicles in total now travelled through the heart of Nagambie each day, making a significant change to the character and economic base of the town. In order to sustain the local economy, a new approach from the community and local businesses was required to encourage motorists and travellers to turn off the freeway and to stop and visit Nagambie, she said. Ms Symes said this important project was the first step in repositioning Nagambie as a destination of choice for lifestyle and tourism visitation. Nagambie is a beautiful town with huge potential for economic growth by maximising tourism and lifestyle appeal, she said. This new and attractive entry to the town will help shape a positive experience and bring visitors to Nagambie. Cr Swan said the total cost for the project was $830,000, of which $350,000 was major service alterations and the rest going to design and construction cost. Goulburn Valley Water undertook the design for the relocation of water mains, prior to construction works, which enabled council to start on the road construction works, she said. Ausnet Services has also designed new lighting for the roundabout and undergrounded an existing overhead service to make the roundabout more attractive. Together with some fantastic planting from our local school children, the roundabout is truly a highlight for Nagambie, alleviating traffic build-up in the process. Cr Swan said the main street would soon be complimented with four flags, acknowledging the strong sport, wine and equine industries in the area.