Ques­tions over $1.5m park plan

Alpine Observer - - Letters to the Editor -

FOL­LOW­ING the press re­lease in last week’s ‘Alpine Ob­server’ of a $1.5mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the Gorge carpark and vis­i­tor area in the Mt Buf­falo Na­tional Park, it ap­pears works are al­ready un­der way with­out any pre­vi­ous an­nounce­ment by Parks Vic­to­ria.

This par­tic­u­lar park precinct was sub­ject to a ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment as part of the cen­te­nary of Vic­to­ria Na­tional Parks in 1998.

Both the carpark and the then Gorge Walk were ex­ten­sively up­graded to cel­e­brate the 100th an­niver­sary of Vic­to­ria’s sec­ond old­est Na­tional Park.

It ap­pears now all this will be re­vi­talised, to heighten vis­i­bil­ity for vis­i­tors.

Both the Alpine Ob­server (March 7th) and the Bor­der Mail (Fe­bru­ary 28) news­pa­pers are in­di­cat­ing that works have al­ready be­gun.

With the com­mence­ment of new works, Parks Vic­to­ria must have car­ried out an En­vi­ron­ment Im­pact State­ment, which should in­clude an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the her­itage aspect of the Gorge.

If so, Parks Vic­to­ria have not in­di­cated the nec­es­sary find­ings from that manda­tory process.

Over the last nine years, sewage from the carpark has been col­lected in a hold­ing tank and when re­quired taken to the Pore­punkah Treat­ment Plant in the val­ley.

The cost of this pro­ce­dure must have been borne by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment.

Will this con­tinue at the pub­lic ex­pense?

Also, why is a new ‘pop-up’ cafe­te­ria ap­pro­pri­ate, when within the precinct there is al­ready such a fa­cil­ity con­tained in the his­toric Mt Buf­falo Chalet?

As well, how is the es­sen­tial ser­vice of elec­tric­ity to a cafe­te­ria be­ing pro­vided?

It is im­por­tant for Parks Vic­to­ria to now in­di­cate how they ar­rived at a de­ci­sion to in­stall a ‘glass walk­way’ in the Gorge.

Have the nec­es­sary en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues at­tached to such a ma­jor con­struc­tion been ad­dressed?

Fi­nally, why has the Gorge tourist fa­cil­i­ties taken pri­or­ity over the restora­tion of the his­toric chalet?

An ex­am­i­na­tion of the pe­ti­tion to the Premier for the re-birth of the chalet now num­bers nearly 10,000 sig­na­tures.

Clearly the peo­ple are in­di­cat­ing what is re­quired. Bob Adams, Bright

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