Board appointments follows new governance model
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.
Alpine resort tourism is a major driver of the regional economy.
Victorian Snowsports Association (VSA) President John Aird.