Visitors welcomed, Shepparton News, Shepparton VIC

NEW NAGAMBIE STREETWORKS AIM TO ENCOURAGE MOTORISTS TO DROP IN. The $830 000 Nagambie main street redevelopment was officially opened by Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes last Friday morning. The Strathbogie Shire Council and Victorian Government project began in 2013 after extensive consultation with the local community and VicRoads. It was designed to attract more visitors to Nagambie after the bypass saw a large reduction in visitors to the town. Strathbogie Shire Mayor Deb Swan said since the Nagambie bypass opened in 2013, almost 2000 fewer trucks and about 9000 fewer vehicles in total travelled through Nagambie each day. 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 visit Nagambie, Cr Swan said. The street was beautified with more gardens and provision for outdoor dining and facilities to encourage people to stop in the town centre. There has also been structural changes, including a roundabout, additional car spaces and kerb and channel work at the towns entrance. The roundabout has been made into a feature of the reworking with new lighting and tree planting done by local school children. Cr Swan said the main street would soon be complemented with four flags, acknowledging the strong sport, wine and equine industries in the area. A NEW APPROACH . . . WAS REQUIRED TO ENCOURAGE MOTORISTS AND TRAVELLERS TO TURN OFF THE FREEWAY AND VISIT NAGAMBIE STRATHBOGIE SHIRE MAYOR DEB SWAN.