The Harcourt community is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the old Calder Highway bypass by recognising how the important connection has helped revitalise the town centre and support local growth.
Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP marked the occasion with locals at the twilight market on Saturday by planting a commemorative tree in central James Park, a meeting place that has grown in popularity since the bypass rerouted 9000 vehicles every day.
The Harcourt Heritage Centre opened its doors to showcase the local story of the bypass with before and after photographs, designs, newspaper clippings and maps documenting the new Calder Freeway and old Calder Highway.
The final section of the new Calder Freeway opened between Bendigo and Kyneton in April 2009 to provide a safer, more reliable and durable corridor for the tens of thousands of people relying on the connection each week.
The milestone follows beautification works completed last year to create a more welcoming Harcourt roundabout as part of a Victorian Government, Regional Roads Victoria and Harcourt Progress Association project.
Quotes attributable to Maree Edwards MP
“It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate empowered regional communities and the long-term benefits investment in the regional road network can bring”.
“This is a great example of the great things that can be achieved when the local community, Victorian Government, VicRoads and council work together”.
Quotes attributable to RRV Manager Engagement Séamus Haugh
“We’re proud to mark this special milestone and recognise the difference important transport connections can make to our regional communities”.
Quotes attributable to Harcourt Progress Association Secretary Jaqueline Brodie-Hanns
“As a community we’ve been able to embrace the bypass and refresh the town centre to create a welcoming green space for visitors and locals to enjoy the growing produce, arts and music culture here in Harcourt”.