Changes are afoot in Nagambie.
The old Nagambie Bargains discount shop, next to Nagambie Lakes Entertainment Centre (old Valley Hotel), and the historic 1870s Police Camp building are no longer there.
Many people may not agree with the Strathbogie Shire’s plans to ditch the V/Line bus pick-up and drop-off in High St, in favour of angle parking, but they may agree with a new precinct on the lake.
Two years ago the Old Lake Kitchen coffee shop (which was a legend in Nagambie) was demolished.
Harry Logus had been running the popular cafe for more than 16 years, but in April 2015, he moved to a new premises in High St.
Pat, who ran Nagambie Bargains, also moved premises.
The vacated landmarks have made way for a new precinct to be built, which will incorporate a new cafe, restaurant, micro brewery and a Visitor Information Centre, which will all lead down to Lake Nagambie.
Excellent views of the lake will be enjoyed by customers at the new precinct.
Following a comprehensive independent assessment by a structural engineer and supported by Strathbogie Shire Council, it was determined that the integrity of the old police building was structurally compromised in its existing state and was unstable.
There was evidence that the building was in a state of decay, so the building will be dismantled then rebuilt with new foundations that follow current standards to ensure safety requirements.
Upon completion, the historic facade will be the centre piece of the new precinct.
A micro brewery will be built into the facility offering boutique beers — ranging from ales, lagers and pilseners.
Works are expected to be completed and opened by November next year.
The shire will be operating a Visitor Information Centre from the southern end of the complex, while the jetty below will become a docking and departure point for the Goulburn Explorer river cruise boat.
— Diane Grant