Record numbers visiting Strathbogie Shire
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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