The town that moved is mov­ing ahead

North East Tourist News - - Around the Region -

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.

NEW BE­GIN­NINGS:

The newly re­lo­cated Tal­lan­gatta, as seen from the air in the late 1950s.

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