Wangaratta’s new gateway a welcome addition22/03/2021
A new gateway to welcome visitors and locals arriving to Wangaratta by rail will soon be opened thanks to support from the Victorian Government.
The project to revitalise the region’s transport hub has included street upgrades, new bus shelters, street lighting and furniture and the creation of green, shaded public spaces to create a place people want to spend their time.
Another striking element of the revitalisation has been the installation of several public artworks. One which has been attracting attention is a mural painted onto the side of an old water tower. Nicknamed “The Beacon” it takes inspiration from native flora and fauna and the Bpangerang concept 'Dirrawarra' meaning together.
The artworks are just one way the new development is opening the precinct up as a gateway to the city.
The project has already influenced private sector confidence, with Quest choosing the adjacent commercial site to build an $18 million complex last year and a further retail development also proposed within the CBD precinct.
Improvements to the precinct will also help cater for the increase in visitors expected as part of the Victorian Government’s multi-million investment in the North East rail line upgrade.
A key priority to come out of The Wangaratta Project CBD Masterplan, the increased footfall and improved connection to the city is further anticipated to increase retail spending, creating more jobs and growing the local economy.
The Victorian Government has supported the project with $2.5 million through the Regional Infrastructure Fund, with the remaining balance made up by Rural City of Wangaratta and North East Water.
The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Government’s flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects, and assists councils to deliver cultural initiatives of economic significance to the region.