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