The Victorian Alpine Resorts are Crown land reserves. The sector is managed by the following entities:

  • Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board;
  • Mount Buller and Mount Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board;
  • Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board; and
  • Southern Alpine Resort Management Board (responsible for Lake Mountain and Mount Baw Baw alpine resorts).

The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning is responsible for providing alpine policy advice to the Minister and providing policy and a strategic framework for the operation of the Alpine Resort Management Boards

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Governance reform and appointments to the northern three alpine resort management boards

In November 2017, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced changes to the governance structure of the three northern alpine resort management boards. Each board would share four members in common, in addition to three members unique to each board. This will improve coordination and provide better strategic planning and oversight between the three boards.

Following an expression of interest process in December 2017, the Minister announced new appointments to the three northern resort management boards in late March 2018. The terms of all appointees are from 30 March 2018 to 29 March 2021.

Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board

  • Maxine Morand (Chairperson)
  • Andrew Skewes (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Anthea Packer (Member)
  • Michelle Croughan (Member)
  • Susan Lebish (Member)
  • Helen Moran (Member)
  • Peter Valerio (Member)

Mount Buller and Mount Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board

  • Jacqueline Jennings (Chairperson)
  • Richard Leder (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Michael Monester (Member)
  • Michelle Croughan (Member)
  • Susan Lebish (Member)
  • Helen Moran (Member)
  • Peter Valerio (Member)

Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board

  • Joanne Shannon (Chairperson)
  • Lindy Allen (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Jason Alexandra (Member)
  • Michelle Croughan (Member)
  • Susan Lebish (Member)
  • Helen Moran (Member)
  • Peter Valerio (Member)

Visit the resort websites

Falls Creek

Mount Buller

Mount Hotham

Mount Stirling

Southern

For background information relating to governance reform refer to the Alpine Resorts Governance Reform Discussion Paper 2017.

Alpine Resorts Climate Adaptation Planning

The objectives of the Alpine Resorts Climate Adaptation Project were to:

  • Inform, consult and involve stakeholders in identifying and understanding the current scientific research on the anticipated impacts of climate change for the Victorian alpine environments, including Victorian alpine resorts.
  • Inform, consult and involve stakeholders in identifying and understanding the risks, vulnerabilities and capacities of the alpine resorts sector within the context of a changing climate.
  • Provide stakeholders with opportunities to share their views, expertise and vision on Alpine Resorts Climate Adaptation.
  • Engage and collaborate with alpine resorts sector partners and key stakeholders to build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
  • Engage and collaborate with partners and key stakeholders to manage the transition and transformation required to maintain sector sustainability in a changing climate.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Project

The social and economic vulnerability assessment is the first stage of the climate adaptation planning for the alpine sector. The vulnerability assessment explores the:

  • social, economic, institutional and technical vulnerabilities for the alpine resorts sector; and
  • skills and capacity available within the alpine resorts sector, including its local industries and communities, to respond to climate change impacts.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) appointed SGS Economics and Planning to undertake a vulnerability assessment (social and economic) for the Victorian alpine resorts sector.

Alpine Resort Futures Systems Map

One of the outputs from the Vulnerability Assessment project is a map of the Alpine Resort Sector system.

This map illustrates the forces that contribute to the Victorian alpine resort sector. The information gathered during twelve workshops held across the alpine region and in Melbourne, has been used to create the map, which can be used by stakeholders to understand relationships and appreciate different perspectives. Understanding the links between parts of the system will aid stakeholders when adaptation planning is undertaken in the next stage of the climate adaptation project.

Vulnerability Assessment Report

The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Report has been completed. The Vulnerability Assessment Report is an important demonstration of government’s commitment to increasing the capacity of the alpine sector to adapt as the climate is changing.

The vulnerability assessment comprises five documents.

  1. Alpine Resort Futures Vulnerability Assessment - Final Report
  2. Alpine Resort Futures Vulnerability Assessment - Conceptual Model
  3. Alpine Resort Futures Vulnerability Assessment - Consultation Report
  4. Alpine Resort Futures Literature Review
  5. Alpine Resorts System Analysis

The Vulnerability Assessment Report was developed over 2017 with a comprehensive program of stakeholder engagement. The vulnerability assessment was informed by The Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Victorian Alpine Resorts report prepared for the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council (ARCC) in 2016. The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Council, who prepared the 2016 report, were partners in the delivery of the vulnerability assessment.

The project assessed the climate change vulnerability of Victoria’s alpine resorts and how this could affect the economic, social and cultural value of the resorts as climate change occurs. The project identified and recognised the substantial economic, social and cultural value the alpine resorts currently contribute to Victoria.

The vulnerability assessment confirms that the winter season in the alpine resorts will be impacted by climate change through significant changes to natural snow fall conditions and patterns, including reductions in natural snow fall over time. The project also found that the summer season will be impacted by climate change through increased bushfire risk.

The rate and severity of the loss of snow at the resorts is influenced by both the severity of global warming (dependent on the rate of global decarbonisation) and the extent to which the resorts can effectively implement adaptive responses to climate change.

The southern resorts (Lake Mountain and Mount Baw Baw) will be impacted sooner than the northern resorts. The impact across the northern resorts (Mount Hotham, Falls Creek and Mount Buller) is largely consistent, though Falls Creek currently has a slightly better medium-term adaptive capacity due to its southerly aspect, high elevation and access to abundant water for snow making.

The vulnerability assessment states that if sufficient adaptive responses are deployed, the northern resorts should be able to offer adequate snow to support winter snow activities in the short to medium term (approximately more than 20 years).

Without adaptation, these climate change impacts will threaten the economic, social and cultural value of the alpine resorts. The project found that the alpine resort community has a history of adaptation and resilience in the face of changing and challenging conditions, and this gives the alpine resorts a solid foundation for climate change adaptation planning. Long term adaptation planning led by the alpine resorts sector is the next step in successful sector adaptation.

Climate adaptation planning

The ARCC is responsible for leading climate change adaptation planning for the alpine resorts sector, informed by the Vulnerability Assessment Report. The ARCC will lead the development of an updated Alpine Resorts Strategic Plan, consistent with the requirements of the Alpine Resorts Management Act 1997. The Vulnerability Assessment Report will form a key component of the package of information for industry stakeholders during the development of the new Alpine Resorts Strategic Plan. Those involved in the development of the Vulnerability Assessment Report will be re-engaged in the review and development of the Alpine Resorts Strategic Plan.