Victoria Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith
Minister Launches 2012 Ski Season At Hotham
Victor P Taffa
Icy weather and good early snowfalls have set the scene for a bumper snow season, according to Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith speaking at the season opening at Mount Hotham today.
Mr. Smith said he hoped the early snowfalls were a sign of many more good falls to come.
“Victoria’s six alpine resorts make a substantial contribution to their local regions and Victoria’s economy as a whole. They were visited by more than 1.2 Million people in 2011 and with some good snowfalls already this year, we’re hopeful of a great season and even more visitors coming to enjoy the slopes in 2012.” Mr. Smith said.
According to research by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research, the resorts added $610 Million dollars and 6,200 jobs to the Victorian economy last winter.
“The Coalition Government is committed to making the resorts vibrant, growing and sustainable places, providing high quality recreational and tourism experiences that are available to all.”
“Today I also announce the installation of more than 50 new recycling stations across Falls Creek, Mt. Buller and Mt. Hotham. The recycling stations will make it easy for visitors to divert recyclable materials from landfill, making these resorts even better places for ‘good, clean fun’.” Mr. Smith said.
This project is run by NevRwaste, with more than $100,000 in funding from Sustainability Victoria and the North East Regional Water Management Group.
“The Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council (ARCC) has conducted a review of the Alpine Resorts 2020 strategy, setting out a framework for the promotion, development and management of the six resorts. Its new draft plan outlines ways to enhance the visitor experience, build partnerships, improve resort services and infrastructure, and manage the alpine environment.”
Mr. Smith said many of the resorts have undertaken improvements over the green season.
“Mt. Hotham has two new walking trails and the snowplay area at Wire Plain has been upgraded so I encourage people to visit our alpine resorts and enjoy all the resorts have to offer. This year looks like being a fantastic ski season and a great time to experience these places first hand.”
Victoria six alpine resorts, Mt. Hotham, Falls Creek, Mt. Buller, Mt. Stirling, Mt. Baw Baw and Lake Mountain are managed under the direction of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, in accordance with the Alpine Resorts (Management) Act 1997.