Up­dated plan in­cludes ‘green sea­son’ ac­tiv­i­ties

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - ByVANESSA BURGESS

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.”

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