Almost two years to the day since construction commenced, a section of the new Nagambie Bypass has opened to traffic.

The long-awaited bypass – scheduled to be completed by mid-2012 – will result in almost 2,000 trucks no longer rumbling through the heart of Nagambie daily, much to the relief of area residents.

“The progress that has been made in the last two years vindicates our decision to bring forward funding in our recession-busting, job-creating Economic Stimulus Plan and begin construction of the bypass earlier than originally planned,” said Anthony Albanese, Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister. The unveiling of Stage One of the bypass, which duplicates the existing Goulburn Valley Highway between Kirwans Bridge-Longwood and Weir Roads, will bring the entire highway through the Goulburn Valley up to freeway standard. “This achievement will no doubt be welcomed by the region’s fruit and vegetable growers who rely on this road to get their produce to market in Melbourne as well as interstate,” added Albanese.

In addition to benefiting locals, the new Nagambie Bypass and improvements to the Goulburn Valley Highway will mean safer driving conditions for all, and fewer accidents.

Once completed, the approximately $188 million project – which received funding from both the Federal ($151 million) and Victorian ($38 million) governments – will be 17 kilometres long.

Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

July 14, 2020, 2:36 PM AEST