Record num­bers vis­it­ing Strath­bo­gie Shire

North East Tourist News - - Strathbogie Ranges -

IN­CREASED in­ter­est has seen a rise in vis­i­tor num­bers to the Strath­bo­gie Shire, with record num­bers flow­ing in to both the Euroa and Nagam­bie vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tres through­out sum­mer.

Over 800 peo­ple have walked through the doors of the Euroa Hub on Bin­ney Street since the start of sum­mer (in 2015) while over 1800 peo­ple have made en­quiries at the Nagam­bie Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on High Street.

With a mix­ture of residents and tourists, some who came to Euroa and Nagam­bie for the very first time, it is clear in­ter­est in what the shire has to of­fer has in­creased in the last 12 months.

In the same pe­riod last year, 1067 peo­ple made en­quiries at Nagam­bie, which showed there was a 69 per cent in­crease in en­quiries in 2016.

Mean­while in Euroa, there was a slight drop in num­bers com­pared to the same time last year, with 970 peo­ple vis­it­ing the Hub for the first six weeks of sum­mer in 2014-15, which means there was an 18 per cent re­duc­tion in num­bers.

In Nagam­bie, num­bers have been up since Christ­mas with many en­quir­ing about the New Year’s Eve fire­works which at­tracted about 5000 peo­ple at Ja­cob­son’s Out­look.

Other en­quiries in­cluded school hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties, fish­ing and swim­ming spots and where to eat, drink and be merry around Christ­mas time.

The open­ing of the re­gion’s first ‘choco­late fac­tory’, the Min­istry of Choco­late at Mitchel­ton Wines, has also boosted tourism in Nagam­bie.

Vol­un­teers and coun­cil staff were also in­un­dated with phone calls at both vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tres.

At the Euroa Hub, most vis­i­tor en­quiries were about the lo­ca­tion of toilets, col­lec­tion of maps for walk­ing trails around the area and historical in­for­ma­tion about the shire, par­tic­u­larly where Ned Kelly was once sighted many years ago.

Strath­bo­gie Shire mayor Colleen Furlan­etto said it is great for the two fa­cil­i­ties to record attendance num­bers in col­lect­ing valu­able in­for­ma­tion about en­quiries from com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors alike.

“The vol­un­teers who pre­dom­i­nantly op­er­ate the fa­cil­i­ties are piv­otal to the suc­cess of our in­for­ma­tion cen­tres,” she said.

“Coun­cil uses this data to con­tinue to de­velop and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion which is most in de­mand, while en­sur­ing hid­den trea­sures around our shire are shared.”

Ward coun­cil­lor Deb Swan said Nagam­bie has been fo­cused on grow­ing its rep­u­ta­tion as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion for a long time and these fig­ures are proof of that.

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