Board ap­point­ments fol­lows new gover­nance model

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THE Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced new ap­point­ments to the Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller Alpine Re­sorts Man­age­ment Re­sorts Boards fol­low­ing its de­ci­sion late last year to im­ple­ment a new alpine re­sorts gover­nance model.

It has re­struc­tured the North­ern Alpine Re­sorts Man­age­ment Boards (ARB’s) which will com­prise three new unique new mem­bers, while four com­mon mem­bers will be ap­pointed to each of the boards.

In wel­com­ing the long-awaited an­nounce­ments, John Aird Pres­i­dent of the Vic­to­rian Snows­ports As­so­ci­a­tion (VSA) said the re­struc­ture would al­low the ARB’s to es­tab­lish some cer­tainty for the fu­ture.

“How­ever, it is im­por­tant to note that this is just the first step in cre­at­ing a sta­ble and pro­duc­tive en­vi­ron­ment for Alpine Re­sort stake­hold­ers”, he said.

“We are pleased to see that both “ties to the lo­cal alpine com­mu­ni­ties and stake­holder en­gage­ment” are now high­lighted as de­sir­able skills for rep­re­sen­ta­tion on Alpine Re­sort Man­age­ment Boards in fu­ture”.

“It is es­sen­tial go­ing for­ward that there is ef­fec­tive and func­tional con­sul­ta­tion with all stake­hold­ers”.

The Alpine Re­sorts’ State Gross Prod­uct con­tri­bu­tion to Vic­to­ria’s re­gional com­mu­ni­ties is es­ti­mated at $911 mil­lion with 7900 jobs in Win­ter and 1200 jobs over Sum­mer.

Mr. Arid said plans must utilise the strengths of re­gional com­mu­ni­ties to bet­ter fo­cus on re­gional eco­nomic and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“There is a con­stant fi­nan­cial drain on our mem­bers due to gov­ern­ment di­rec­tives to fund com­mu­nity ser­vice obli­ga­tions be­yond the nor­mal op­er­a­tions of the re­sorts,” he said.

“These ex­tra costs have eroded the Vic­to­rian re­sorts’ com­pet­i­tive­ness, driv­ing many visi­tors to use bet­ter value over­seas re­sorts or other al­ter­na­tive leisure ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The VSA has ex­pressed con­cerns with DELWP’s role in re­sort man­age­ment and con­sid­ers that there is scope for greater in­volve­ment by lo­cal gov­ern­ment and Tourism Vic­to­ria.

Vic­to­rian Snows­ports As­so­ci­a­tion (VSA) com­prises mem­bers from the Mt. Buller Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Mt. Hotham Ski As­so­ci­a­tion, Mt Baw Baw Stake­hold­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and the Falls Creek Alpine As­so­ci­a­tion, to­gether rep­re­sent­ing over 24,000 in­di­vid­u­als, 200 clubs, apart­ment own­ers and com­mer­cial lessees.

Photo Steve Cuff

Alpine re­sort tourism is a ma­jor driver of the re­gional econ­omy.

Vic­to­rian Snows­ports As­so­ci­a­tion (VSA) Pres­i­dent John Aird.

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