Updated plan includes ‘green season’ activities
FALLS Creek Resort Management (FCRM) unveiled the updated and amended Falls Creek Village Master Plan 2014, in April.
The master plan outlined the need for the alpine resort to embrace “green season” activities and after much community and stakeholder consultation the final plan has been released and is expected to be endorsed for Ministerial approval soon.
FCRM interim CEO Mark Hubbard said the plan has been designed to increase year-round visitation, maximise utilisation of existing accommodation and improved the overall commercial viability of the whole resort.
The Master Plan was prepared after the release of the Alpine Resorts Strategic Plan 2012, which required the major Victorian alpine resorts to prepare master plans that outlined a clear direction for a sustainable and viable future.
Key drivers of the plan include defined activity precincts, an integrated transport and access solution, no additional commercial bed numbers until dictated by demand and an overall increase in car parking spaces.
Ten activity precincts have been identified in the master plan; The New Gully Gateway, The Village Bowl, Village Heart, Services Centre, Transit Hub, Town Centre and Main Street, Windy Corner Nordic Centre, The Nordic Bowl, Lakeside and Transport and Access Integration.
Some of the plans big ideas include health tourism based services, altitude base training facilities and nature based leisure activities, including mountain biking, hiking, water based activities and an increase in commercial opportunities.
Over 4000 stakeholders, business operators, resort partners, club lodge members, investors and visitors became involved in the Master Plan process during June and September last year and the plan put on public exhibition in November 2014.
According to Mr Hubbard, feedback was received from stakeholders, including visitors, commercial operators, Falls Creek Lift Company, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and others.
“We have listened and we are now pleased to launch the Falls Creek Village Master Plan 2014, as amended through the community consultation process,” he said.
“Major amendments made to the plan include modification of the Village Loop transportation scheme, dealing with native vegetation offset requirements and emergency management.”