Quick action on ski safety concerns
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.