The town that moved is moving ahead
PLENTY of Aussies have made sacrifices to make our nation great - but few have given up their entire town in the name of progress.
That’s what Tallangatta in North East Victoria did almost 60 years ago, and now the Town That Moved is looking to the future to make the “new” town even more appealing for locals and visitors alike.
By 1956, Old Tallangatta relocated as Lake Hume expanded to support downstream irrigation.
Some of the old houses were moved on flatbed trucks to the new town site 9km away, but the shopping precinct and many public facilities were built anew.
Tallangatta is a model 1950s town nestled in a lush valley with wide streets clustered around the new shopping strip and a large park.
It’s on the shores of Lake Hume, a mecca for boating, fishing and watersports, less than 30 minutes from Albury-Wodonga and close to the snow, high country and food, wine and tourism attractions that make the North East great.
This year, on the 60th anniversary of Tallangatta’s relocation, Towong Shire mayor David Wortmann says there are ongoing projects, including the recently funded Destination Tallangatta, helping give the town a new lease on life.
The Destination Tallangatta project will refresh the main street and CBD, upgrade the lakefront and holiday park and connect the rail trail, the CBD and Tallangatta Lookout.
Funding for the $5.33 million project has come from local traders, project partners and the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.
“Destination Tallangatta will create 100 full-time jobs during construction and 51 ongoing full-time jobs,” Cr Wortmann said.
“Tallangatta can then sit beside other tourist centres in our region like Bright, Beechworth and Rutherglen showcasing the North East as a great place to live and work.”
The project will be completed over the next four years, with planned works aimed at having minimal disruption for residents and visitors.
For more information on the many fun things to do in and around Tallangatta, see www.towong.vic.gov.au.
The newly relocated Tallangatta, as seen from the air in the late 1950s.