Quick ac­tion on ski safety con­cerns

Alpine Observer - - News - By VANESSA BURGESS

ALPINE Shire Coun­cil has heeded con­cerns and in­stalled tem­po­rary safety mea­sures at the base of Din­ner Plain’s ski slope.

Coun­cil’s act­ing direc­tor as­sets Will Jeremy said coun­cil was alerted to the po­ten­tial dan­gers of peo­ple, mainly chil­dren, trav­el­ling across the road af­ter com­ing down the slope.

“We have had a lot more in­ter­est in to­bog­gan­ing this year at Din­ner Plain, which is fan­tas­tic and a great place for fam­i­lies to go as it’s free, but there hasn’t been enough snow this year on the to­bog­gan run so peo­ple have been us­ing the ski slope af­ter hours,” he said.

“We have had re­ports of chil­dren slid­ing out across the road, which of course is very dan­ger­ous and as a re­sult we have in­stalled some tem­po­rary safety mea­sures.

“We have been work­ing with Mt Hotham Ski­ing Com- pany who pa­trol the ski slope dur­ing op­er­at­ing hours and there are signs in place which alert peo­ple to the fact that to­bog­gan­ing is pro­hib­ited, how­ever some aren’t do­ing the right thing.”

Mr Jeremy said coun­cil had in­stalled hay bales along the base of the slope to pre­vent both skiers and to­bog­gan­ers from end­ing up on the road.

“We haven’t had a lot of nat­u­ral snow fall on the to­bog­gan run so peo­ple are us­ing the ski slope af­ter hours, which has alerted us to the is­sue,” he said.

“We will con­tinue to work with Mt Hotham Ski­ing Com- pany to find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion but in the mean­time we are sub­si­dis­ing ex­tra sig­nage.”

Us­ing the ski slope for to­bog­gan­ing, even af­ter hours, is pro­hib­ited and Mr Jeremy en­cour­aged peo­ple to check the to­bog­gan slope sta­tus by vis­it­ing www.vis­it­din­ner­plain. com.au/snow-re­port.

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