State sup­port for ma­jor ski events at Falls Creek in Au­gust

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A SHARE of $60,000 in State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing will help boost ma­jor up­com­ing ski events at Hotham and Falls Creek.

Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change, Ryan Smith, made the Sig­nif­i­cant Sport­ing Events Pro­gram fund­ing an­nounce­ment on be­half of Min­is­ter for Sport and Recre­ation Hugh De­lahunty.

Events in­clude the FIS ANC Gi­ant slalom, FIS ANC Skier Cross and FIS ANC Snow­board Cross and the Kan­ga­roo Hoppet at Falls Creek in Au­gust.

“Events like th­ese go a long way to­wards fur­ther es­tab­lish­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of Vic­to­ria’s Alpine re­gion as a bustling in­ter­na­tional ski and ski board hub and a must­see tourist desti­na­tion,” Mr Smith said.

“As well as show­cas­ing some of Aus­tralia’s up and com­ing ski tal­ent, th­ese events are a boon for the lo­cal re­gional economies, at­tract­ing large crowds.”

Mr De­lahunty said the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing, de­vel­op­ing and at­tract­ing top sport­ing events and ath­letes to the state.

“With the next Win­ter Olympics in Sochi, Rus­sia less than a year away th­ese elite ski events pro­vide the per­fect plat­form for as­pir­ing world cham­pi­ons to im­press for na­tional team se­lec­tion and fol­low in the foot­steps of Vic­to­rian ski le­gends such as 2010 Van­cou­ver Win­ter Olympics cham­pion Ly­dia Las­sila,” Mr De­lahunty said.

Mr De­lahunty said the fund­ing pack­age would also as­sist event or­gan­is­ers Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia to de­velop a 3-5 year event plan and mar­ket­ing strat­egy to se­cure even more ma­jor in­ter­na­tional and na­tional events for Vic­to­ria’s ski fields.

Ski & Snow­board Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Michael Kennedy, said Vic­to­ria had a proud tra­di­tion of host­ing world­class events, none more so than the World Cup Aerial events which ran at Mt Buller for a decade from 1997.

“Ski & Snow­board Aus­tralia is de­lighted that the Vic­to­rian Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment has recog­nised the po­ten­tial of our cur­rent win­ter event se­ries and we look for­ward to work­ing with them to de­velop a long-term strat­egy for world-class win­ter events into the fu­ture,” Mr Kennedy said.

“The new Olympic dis­ci­plines in par­tic­u­lar of­fer ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for our re­sorts, as the in­fra­struc­ture re­quired is within the scope of our re­sorts’ cur­rent ca­pac­i­ties.

“There is no rea­son why Vic­to­rian re­sorts in­clud­ing Mt Buller, Falls Creek and Mount Hotham can’t be World Cup venues in the years to come.”

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