New boards to over­see alpine re­sorts

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

A NUM­BER of new ap­point­ments to key po­si­tions in the alpine re­sort in­dus­try were made pub­lic prior to the 2013 open­ing weekend.

Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Ryan Smith an­nounced new ap­point­ments to Vic­to­ria’s Alpine Re­sorts Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil and the five Alpine Re­sorts Man­age­ment Boards.

There were seven new ap­point­ments, four new chairs, and 14 mem­bers that had been reap­pointed to the state’s alpine boards.

The ap­point­ments were cho­sen af­ter an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est and in­ter­view process ear­lier this year and will run un­til Septem­ber 2015.

Mr Smith de­scribed the cal­i­bre of ap­pli­cants as “very high” and noted their pas­sion and ex­per­tise to over­see man­age­ment of the re­sorts.

He said the new ap­point­ments would bring fresh ideas and in­no­va­tion while build­ing on the good work of the cur­rent mem­bers.

“I wel­come Michael Marasco as the new chair of the Alpine Re­sorts Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil who will be re­spon­si­ble for driv­ing the im­ple­menta- tion of the Vic­to­rian Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment’s Alpine Re­sorts Strate­gic Plan 2012,” he said.

Mr Smith said the alpine re­sorts were “spe­cial and unique places” and im­por­tant to the state’s econ­omy and tourism in­dus­try. Re­cent ap­point­ments Alpine Re­sorts Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil – chair Michael Marasco (new), Ian Swan (new), Leigh Phillips

Falls Creek Re­sort Man­age­ment Board – chair Mark An­der­son, Roger Kilby, Stacey Daniel

Mt Hotham Re­sort Man­age­ment Board - chair Deb­o­rah Spring (new ap­point­ment), deputy chair Ron­ald Ma­son (new ap­point­ment), Ti­mothy Piper, Ni­cole Feeney, Peter Ha­ge­nauer (new).

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