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
- 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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A COVIDSafe Snow Season
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning works with alpine public land managers and state government agencies to ensure COVIDSafe operations are in place for each snow season.
These alpine public land managers are:
- the 4 alpine resort management boards (Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Mt Stirling, Mt Hotham and Southern – Mt Baw Baw and Lake Mountain)
- Alpine Shire Council (Dinner Plain) and
- Parks Victoria (Mt Buffalo, Mt Donna Buang and Mt St Gwinear).
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Alpine Resorts Victoria: a new era
The Victorian Government is currently reforming the way in which alpine resorts are managed.
The Alpine Resorts (Management) Act 1997 is being amended to abolish Victoria’s four existing Alpine Resort Management Boards (ARMBs), and the Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council (ARCC) and establish a single entity, Alpine Resorts Victoria, to manage the Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller, Mt Stirling, Lake Mountain and Mt Baw Baw alpine resorts.
This decision follows consultation with representatives of the ARMBs and the ARCC, local government, traditional owners and key industry stakeholders, which demonstrated broad support for reforms to ensure future sustainability for the sector.
Alpine Resorts Victoria will also support alpine resorts and associated communities as they recover from the effects of the 2019-20 bushfires and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Further consultation will take place with industry, partners and key stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition to Alpine Resorts Victoria planned for 1 October 2022.
Principles of Alpine Management reform
The Victorian alpine sector is a significant contributor to regional economies. In winter, these resorts collectively contribute nearly $1.1 billion to the Victorian economy, attracting one million visitors and sustaining nearly ten thousand jobs.
Victoria's alpine resorts are unique places visitors come to relax and enjoy - experiencing a full range of snow activities in winter and bushwalking, mountain biking, cycling from spring through to autumn.
Victoria's alpine areas, including their regional communities, were severely impacted by the devastating bushfires in 2019/20 and the coronavirus's ongoing impacts (COVID-19) pandemic. The challenge of adapting to climate change will also face the alpine resorts in future years.
The Victorian Government is focused on supporting the alpine sector's economic resilience, enabling regional local communities to flourish and develop unique opportunities.
Following consultation with Resort Management Boards, Local Government, and industry stakeholders, there is overwhelming support for creating a single entity to support the long-term sustainability of the alpine industry and tourism in Victoria.
Set to commence in October 2022, Alpine Resorts Victoria will be responsible for managing Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller, Mt Stirling, Lake Mountain and Mt Baw Baw alpine resorts and support the $1.1 billion alpine economies.
- The government's objective is to create economic resilience and ensure the long-term sustainable future of Victoria's alpine resorts sector, recognising its importance to the state's visitor economy.
- A key principle will be ensuring the industry has a platform to directly communicate Alpine Resorts Victoria needs on strategic and operational directions for each resort.
- The government recognises the uniqueness of each of Victoria's alpine resorts and the relationships with visitors, local businesses, operators and traditional owners. The government is working hard to ensure a close connection remains between the governance of the resorts and businesses and operators at each location.
- A key principle will be ensuring local government and Alpine Resorts Victoria work together to enable regional local communities to flourish and enable unique opportunities to be developed.
- The composition of the Alpine Resorts Victoria board will ensure that traditional owner voices are heard at the board table.
- The government will maintain the number of frontline operational roles across the resorts and support staff to transition to the new entity. Where possible, leadership continuity will be maintained at the resorts during the transition.
- The next steps will be Local government, Traditional Owners, industry and other key stakeholders invited to participate in a stakeholder reference group that will meet to help shape the new entity and identify issues and solutions during the transition phase.
A Stakeholder Reference Group has been established that includes representatives from industry, Traditional Owners, Local Government, ARMBs and the ARCC.
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Page last updated: 23/05/22