Cam­paign for Old Hume High­way route draws at­ten­tion

North East Tourist News - - Strathbogie Ranges -

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.

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