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Funding helps post-bypass Nagambie

The Victorian Government has given a $500 000 grant to Strathbogie Shire Council to assist with a Nagambie streetscape project.

CATHY WALKER July 9, 2014 3:49am

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Deb Swan says a $500 000 Victorian Government grant to assist with a streetscape project will help put the "buzz" factor into Nagambie's High St.


A $500000 Victorian Government grant would help make a great town even better, Victorian Deputy Premier and Regional and Rural Development Minister Peter Ryan said in Nagambie yesterday.

Mr Ryan said the funding, from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, would contribute to a new streetscape for Nagambie’s High St.

The concept would incorporate historic icons such as the ivy-clad water tower and the lake, with newcomer the Black Caviar statue and a new roundabout and landscaped entrance point.

‘‘The money’s on the table, ready to go,’’ Mr Ryan said.

‘‘The challenge is for the town to make itself a destination. With that will come development and jobs.’’

The government funding will be added to $337000 for the streetscape project from Strathbogie Shire Council.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Deb Swan said while the Goulburn Valley Fwy bypass of Nagambie had thrown up challenges for the town it also brought opportunity.

‘‘We already have much to offer, but we need to get the town of Nagambie buzzing with great food and entertainment,’’ Cr Swan said.

State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes described the Regional Growth Fund as ‘‘the best thing since sliced bread’’.

‘‘You’ve got the project, we’ve got the money: I encourage you to spend it wisely,’’ Dr Sykes said.

Arriving at a motel flanking Lake Nagambie for yesterday’s announcement there was no doubt an election was in the wind, with a bright red ute parked outside with a large advertising sign for Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan on its tray.

 

After the formalities, local identities Max Perry and Tim Purbrick approached Mr Ryan to lobby for the establishment of an Ambulance Victoria station for the town.

Nagambie is serviced by a Community Emergency Response Team that is regularly seeking local volunteers and whose members say it is undermanned, particularly in response to demand during the holiday season when Nagambie’s population trebles.

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