Fea­si­bil­ity study for Mt Buf­falo

Alpine News - - News -

THE VIC­TO­RIAN State Gov­ern­ment is bankrolling a $185,000 fea­si­bil­ity study on Mount Buf­falo, with Alpine Shire Coun­cil award­ing Price­wa­ter­house Coop­ers the con­tract to un­der­take the Mount Buf­falo Busi­ness Case As­sess­ment and Ac­ti­va­tion project.

The study will com­mence soon to in­ves­ti­gate com­mu­nity driven tourism con­cepts to re-in­vig­o­rate Mount Buf­falo and its iconic 108 year old chalet which has been closed since 2007.

Mount Buf­falo Des­ti­na­tion Ad­vi­sory Group have a ‘Vi­sion for Mount Buf­falo’ to re­vive and re­store the chalet and re­open it for ac­com­mo­da­tion and as a day lodge fa­cil­ity, along with other at­trac­tions to gen­er­ate more eco­nomic growth through tourism.

Un­der the plan, 90 to 95 per cent of the chalet com­plex foot­print would be re­tained and re­ac­ti­vated and a pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment of the chalet’s south wing to in­clude “high end suites”. The chalet’s A and B blocks would be trans­formed into the “Mount Buf­falo Hos­tel”, with eco­nom­i­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion aimed at school and other groups.

Other con­cepts in­clude a glass-bot­tomed “sky-walk” above the Mount Buf­falo Gorge - sim­i­lar to the Grand Canyon Sky­walk in the United States and a new 47-room Mount Buf­falo Spa Ho­tel near the chalet.

The cre­ation of a “Mount Buf­falo Vil­lage” be­hind the chalet with a bar and func­tion cen­tre, re­tail out­lets, a per­for­mance stage and an ice and roller skat­ing rink are also ideas.

A moun­tain gate­way with vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre and vir­tual re­al­ity cinema, day lodge, café and an out­door and en­vi­ron­men­tal train­ing cen­tre would see the area re­vamped as a na­ture-based ac­tiv­i­ties re­gion.

The Mount Buf­falo chalet. Photo Adam Kerry/Parks Vic­to­ria.

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