Huge vote of con­fi­dence as Falls icon re­verts to old name Back to the fu­ture for Hal­ley’s Comet

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

FED­ERAL Elec­tion Day may have been a dud in de­cid­ing the win­ner on the spot but the de­sire for change has seen an over­whelm­ing vote for the old ways at Falls Creek at a poll of a dif­fer­ent kind back on the same day.

Just a week af­ter the BREXIT de­ci­sion that saw Great Bri­tain leave the Euro­pean Union came FEXIT and like its bet­ter known north­ern hemi­sphere poll the vote was an over­whelm­ing ‘Yes”.

The Falls Ex­press Chair­lift, so named since 2006, will re­vert to its orig­i­nal name of Hal­ley’s Comet – as it was known when first built 30 years ago.

“The Falls Ex­press Chair­lift is rid­den by more visi­tors than any other lift at Falls Creek,” re­sort man­age­ment’s Jo Prothero said.

“De­spite this sta­tus, there was a ris­ing push for change to bring the chair­lift back to its roots and of­fi­cially re­name to Hal­ley’s Comet – as it was orig­i­nally dubbed when built in 1986.

“This move­ment has gained such trac­tion that a moun­tain ref­er­en­dum has been called for Falls Creek visi­tors to de­cide - Should we change the name of the Falls Creek Ex­press Chair­lift?”

The poll was held on July 2 in con­junc­tion with the fed­eral elec­tion with 75 per cent of re­spon­dents voting in favour of the old name.

Falls Creek Head of Mar­ket­ing An­thony O’Shea said the peo­ple had spo­ken.

“With nearly 1000 votes cast, they’ve voted by more than 3 to 1 to re­turn Falls Ex­press to its orig­i­nal name: Hal­ley’s Comet,” he said.

“We’re go­ing to hon­our the plebiscite.

“Over the next cou­ple of years, and the usual cy­cle of re­place­ment of trail signs, trail maps, app up­dates, etc. we’ll re­turn to the orig­i­nal name.

“We’ll also re­fresh the liv­ery of the chair­lift top and bot­tom sta­tions over that time.

“In the mean­time, we’ll have a tran­si­tion pe­riod where both names are in use, which shouldn’t be too con­fus­ing as in many peo­ple’s minds the chair­lift has al­ways been Hal­ley’s Comet.”

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