Nagambie is drawing a high number of visitors to town, the majority of who are coming to see the statue of unbeaten racehorse Black Caviar.ALEXANDRA BOLKAS April 15, 2014 3:08am
Visitors to Nagambie have tripled since the unveiling of the Black Caviar statue, data from Strathbogie Shire Council’s Visitor Information Centre shows.
The council’s economic growth manager Emma Kubeil said the town had experienced a significant tourism boost from people wanting to catch a glimpse of the life-sized statue of the champion racehorse unveiled in October last year.
‘‘Over the December (last year) to January period, the Strathbogie Shire Visitor Information Centre experienced about 1000 visitors a month,’’ Ms Kubeil said.
‘‘After the holiday period figures remained steady at approximately 600 people per month.’’
Ms Kubeil said an average of 200 visitors a month were recorded from July to September last year before the statue was unveiled.
She said the statue had invigorated the town’s tourism and allowed the council to focus on Lake Nagambie.
‘‘The development of the Black Caviar statue has assisted Nagambie in retaining its tourism focus to support its natural wonder of Lake Nagambie,’’ she said.
Ms Kubeil said the increased visitor numbers after the $188
‘‘Council believes the bypass has had a positive effect — it’s now become a destination for holiday-makers,’’ she said.
Ms Kubeil also identified the redevelopment of Nagambie’s main street as a project expected to bring tourists to town.
‘‘Nagambie’s Growth Management Plan adopted by the council in 2010 identified areas of growth in Nagambie and the character that we wish to portray,’’ she said.
‘‘Long-term, the intention is to create more of a focus on beautiful Lake Nagambie so that businesses can capture customers who want to enjoy the lake.’’
Ms Kubeil said Nagambie’s IGA supermarket was a Growth Management Plan project and was in the process of expanding its retail and car-park space.
She said the council had been in discussions with potential developers, but had not yet received any planning applications.
‘‘Council has had many preliminary discussions with potential developers who have invested in Nagambie and we are confident that over the next two years Nagambie’s streetscape will start to alter,’’ she said.
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