$1.5 mil­lion plans for Mt Buf­falo Gorge vis­i­tor area

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town -

A $ 1.5mil­lion project to im­prove the Gorge vis­i­tor area at Mt Buf­falo is ex­pected to be com­pleted next sum­mer.

Works are well under way in a bid to rejuvenate the vis­i­tors’ ex­pe­ri­ence while Parks Vic­to­ria re­cently re­leased draft plans for the project and is seek­ing feed­back on cer­tain pro­pos­als.

The biggest ad­di­tion will be an up­grade to the ex­ist­ing all- abil­i­ties look­out, with pro­posed fea­tures in­clud­ing glass walls, a sec­tion of glass floor­ing and a canopy roof for all-weather view­ing.

In­ter­pre­tive and di­rec­tional sig­nage is also set for an up­grade along with car and coach park­ing.

Parks Vic­to­ria is also con­sid­er­ing op­tions for the pro­vi­sion of a food and bev­er­age of­fer­ing within the Gorge Day Vis­i­tor Area.

In 2015 when then En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Lisa Neville an­nounced $ 2.8 mil­lion would be spent on the chalet, a pack­age for the Gorge area was out­lined.

“Works at the Gorge Day Vis­i­tor Area will rein­vig­o­rate the site for new and ex­ist­ing vis­i­tors,” Parks Vic­to­ria re­gional direc­tor of East­ern Vic­to­ria Graeme Bax­ter said.

“The pop­u­lar Mount Buf­falo Na­tional Park is home to some of Vic­to­ria’s most spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes with rich natural, cul­tural and so­cial his­tory.

“Mak­ing this spe­cial place more ac­ces­si­ble than ever be­fore will en­sure it re­mains an icon for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

The project will be con- ducted in two main phases with the earth­works, car park im­prove­ments and an up­grade to the toi­let fa­cil­i­ties al­ready tak­ing place.

The sec­ond phase will be­gin in spring and see the ren­o­va­tion of the look­out and es­tab­lish­ment of a food and drink of­fer­ing.

Parks Vic­to­ria wel­comes feed­back on the gen­eral ap­pear­ance of the var­i­ous de­sign ele­ments in­clud­ing the con­fig­u­ra­tion of a pic­nic area and a mar­quee space for events near the her­itage shel­ter.

Ideas on the de­sign of park fur­ni­ture, in­ter­pre­tive sig­nage ap­pear­ance, and path align­ment fine tun­ing is also be­ing sought.

Plans will be dis­played at Parks Vic­to­ria of­fices at Bright and Mt Buf­falo un­til March 16.

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