Daven­port Cen­tral is a huge $26 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment at Hotham

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MOUNT HOTHAM will see a brand new $26 mil­lion ‘Daven­port Cen­tral’ de­vel­op­ment start at sea­son’s end, when As­gaard Ski Lodge is knocked down and re­placed with the new six level struc­ture.

The new 7200 square me­tre build­ing will span two blocks of land, As­gaard and Tan­tani. Lo­cated near the Gen­eral Store it will fea­ture res­tau­rants and bars, con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties, ski hire, po­ten­tial su­per­mar­ket and ac­com­mo­da­tion for moun­tain staff, tourists and lodge mem­bers.

An­nounced in March by Danielle Green, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Tourism, Ma­jor Events and Re­gional Vic­to­ria, the new in­vest­ment is a show of con­fi­dence in not only the win­ter snow sea­son, but for year-round tourism in Vic­to­ria’s High Coun­try.

As­gaard Ski Club trea­surer Pe­ter Malone said, “It will be open 365 days a year, it’ll pro­mote more busi­ness and change the face of the moun­tain con­sis­tent with the mas­ter plan.”

The 42 year old ski club was orig­i­nally built by a group of Univer­sity of Mel­bourne chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents in the early sev­en­ties. The cur­rent 40 bed build­ing is now be­yond its life and the 69 club mem­bers de­cided eight years ago to ex­pand the new premises. They will now look for­ward to a brand-new club lodge once the project is com­pleted.

“This is the big­gest de­vel­op­ment on the moun­tain in 20 years,” club mem­ber Ron Ma­son said.

“It’ll be the big­gest sin­gle pri­vate de­vel­op­ment ever at Mount Hotham.”

The ac­com­mo­da­tion will con­sist of six twobed­room apart­ments plus fea­ture four 125 square me­tre pent­houses which are ex­pected to sell for in ex­cess of $800,000 each.

Four ded­i­cated all-ac­cess apart­ments will be pur­pose built for dis­abled visi­tors where they can drive straight in from the Great Alpine Road into the carpark and vir­tu­ally their front door. The car park will have spa­ces for 80 cars.

As­gaard Ski Club will have 11 apart­ments for club mem­bers plus ad­di­tional staff ac­com­mo­da­tion quar­ters will be avail­able for up to 80 moun­tain staff.

The Daven­port area at Hotham is also home to a plethora of other club lodges and com­mer­cial ac­com­mo­da­tion and is only 200m to the Bid D begin­ners and kids ski slopes.

The project re­quired a 75 year gov­ern­ment lease for the Crown land site, as well as the high­est bush­fire rat­ing. Work be­gins in Oc­to­ber and will be done in be­tween snowsea­sons, with com­ple­tion in May 2020.

An­ton Wil­son from Mel­bourne de­vel­op­ing com­pany Mider, said around 80 jobs will be cre­ated dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase. “This will add a great deal of mo­men­tum for builders in the state’s north east re­gion,” said Mr Wil­son.

Mider are also in a joint ven­ture with Daven­port Cen­tral Pty Ltd.

The build­ing phase will see rig­or­ous safety stan­dards in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple geotech­nic engi­neers who will as­sess the build at var­i­ous stages of de­vel­op­ment. Once foot­ings and con­crete are poured, a pre­fab­ri­cated struc­ture will be trucked into the site.

Hotham is blessed with be­ing on the Great Alpine Road and one of the most scenic places in Aus­tralia.

Dur­ing win­ter skiers can ac­cess the slopes by ski­ing down to the lifts from their lodges and ac­com­mo­da­tion and have some of the best alpine scenery.

In sum­mer months there is a grow­ing tourist trade that in­cludes moun­tain bik­ing, plus the road be­ing one of the most trav­elled in the alpine re­gion. Mo­tor bikes love its wind­ing roads and sight see­ing hik­ers and walk­ers are re­al­is­ing it is a per­fect get­away.

The Daven­port Cen­tral de­vel­op­ment will be look­ing at all these ar­eas to max­imise po­ten­tial for their in­vest­ment. Prop­erty is also be­ing sold off the plan by Zirky’s Real Es­tate agent Rob Ford.

An artists im­pres­sion of the new Daven­port Cen­tral com­plex.

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