Campaign for Old Hume Highway route draws attention
GROUNDSWELL of support is buoying a campaign to create a touring route along the “Old Hume Highway 31”, including such bypassed towns as Wangaratta, Glenrowan and Springhurst, to rival America’s famed Route 66.
The campaign has been headed up by Frank Burke, who said that encouraging people to take the old highway route would have a number of benefits for bypassed towns, from increasing tourism and money flowing into the local economy, to providing more relaxing places for drivers to recover from fatigue and break up their trip.
“Visitors to the Old Hume Highway have difficulty finding it, as there is no map of the Old Hume Highway over its length available,” Mr Burke said.
“Nor is there any standardised signage to let you know you have found it.”
Mr Burke said that among strategies being organised are seven day bus tours along the highway with bus company Dysons, as well as a standardised map (both paper and electronic) of the entire highway.
Mr Burke said residents of local towns would see the benefits of people touring along the old highway this autumn, with a street rod “Director’s Cruise” making its way along the highway in the week leading up to Easter.
Up to date information on the campaign is available on the Old Hume Highway 31 Facebook page.