Main street redevelopment will take more visitors ‘on the road to Gundagai’

Media Release


27 April 2018

Joint release with:

Cr Abb McAlister

Mayor of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council

Michael McCormack MP

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Leader of The Nationals
Federal Member for Riverina

An extensive upgrade to Gundagai's main street and business precinct will enhance economic activity, attract tourists and improve community confidence in the iconic regional New South Wales town.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack, who officially opened the new precinct, said the upgrade has transformed the sloping streetscape into an attractive, vibrant and safe area.

“By widening Sheridan Street between Otway and Homer streets and constructing pedestrian refuges, this project has provided easier and safer access to a range of Gundagai's businesses, which both locals and visitors rely upon,” Mr McCormack said.

“This project also celebrates Gundagai's rich history in Australian literature and music, with a new retaining wall featuring words from the famous song ‘The Road to Gundagai’.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the development has also beautified the town, with new street lights and street furniture being installed in addition to trees, shrubs and three eye catching public artworks.

“An investment into the beauty and liveability of Australia's towns is also an investment in their economic future and we expect this project will increase commercial activity in Gundagai. Importantly, this project also created 40 jobs during construction and one ongoing role which means more families are spending more and investing more to create more jobs and confidence in the local community,” Dr McVeigh said

Mayor of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council Abb McAlister said this project puts the town in a better position to attract people travelling on the Hume Highway and regional residents.

“For these reasons it was recommended to proceed with the Gundagai Main Street Redevelopment Project, to attract more tourists, encourage visitors to spend more in the town, and increase the number of overnight stays in local hotels and motels,” Cr McAlister said.

“The benefits of this project include the increased sense of pride within the local community, reduced litigation and expense claims relating to the state of the main street's footpaths as well as the provision of improved amenities for the elderly.”

The Coalition Government invested $915,490 in the project with the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council contributing $4 million.