Tallangatta will benefit from more jobs, business investment, tourism and residents under a plan being prepared by Towong Shire Council that will usher in a new era of prosperity and opportunity for the town.
Visiting Tallangatta, Regional and Rural Development Minister, Jacinta Allan said the plan would ensure the town received enough new jobs, business investment, residents and tourism to help it prosper.
“We will fund the $180,000 plan in partnership with the Towong Shire Council to create new prosperity and opportunities for people in Tallangatta,” Ms Allan said.
“Climate change, ageing infrastructure and the growth of nearby regional cities such as Albury and Wodonga present challenges for the development of Tallangatta.
“That’s why Towong Shire and our Government are working together to identify the opportunities Tallangatta can tap into to ensure it thrives and prospers well into the future.”
Ms Allan said the plan would focus on:
- Community development;
- Supporting business;
- Boosting tourism; and
- Increasing the town’s population sustainably.
Meanwhile, Ms Allan was in town to also inspect progress on one of the major tourist attractions that will help drive Tallangatta’s local economy, the High Country Rail Trail.
Ms Allan visited the Sandy Creek Bridge site which the Brumby Labor Government was working with the community to upgrade, thanks to a $1.35 million grant.
“The old Sandy Creek Bridge was built between 1930 and 1933 and is one of the highest rail bridges in Victoria,” Ms Allan said.
“Its thirty 12-metre high concrete pylons are excellent foundations for a new lease on life as a scenic off-road walking and cycling trail.
“This project will offer stunning views across Lake Hume, complete the High Country Rail Trail and become a must-see nature tourism experience in Victoria.”
Ms Allan said the High Country Rail Trail project would include:
- Re-decking the bridge, including 31 long support beams;
- Provision of handrails;
- Installation of observation decks at both ends;
- Bridge access and trail upgrades; and
- Creation of a car and bus park.