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Building bypass could benefit Kyabram

Proposed Shepparton bypass could prove beneficial to Kyabram.

June 18, 2014 3:01am

Debate about a possible Shepparton bypass has been reignited after it was tabled at a community breakfast last week.

The bypass, which would leave the Goulburn Valley Hwy and cross through Toolamba and over the Midland Hwy before reconnecting past Shepparton, is argued as having great potential for towns such as Kyabram.

The possibility of a bypass was first discussed between Campaspe Shire, Greater Shepparton City Council and VicRoads in 2006, but has yet to receive funding.

Kyabram Community Planning Group chairman Peter Nelson said the bypass could help direct drivers heading to Echuca from Melbourne towards smaller towns.

‘‘We want to have a bypass that runs directly through the guts of the shire,’’ he said.

‘‘If we have turnoffs onto the Midland Hwy, then drivers will go past Rushworth, Girgarre, Stanhope, Kyabram and Tongala and there is a chance people will stop off and explore the towns.’’

‘‘People will realise that the Girgarre Market is on Sunday, the Rushworth goldfields and heritage houses are open, the Tongala Golden Cow would get business as well as the Kyabram Fauna Park.’’

Read the full story in the print edition of the Kyabram Free Press.

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