Mt Buffalo sparks interest
A RECENT update provided to the Mount Buffalo Activation Task Force from consultancy firm Price water house Coopers (PwC) has indicated interest exists for tourism concepts that could reinvigorate Mt Buffalo.
Price water house Coopers continue to progress an assessment of the likely demand for tourism concepts proposed in the Vision for Mount Buffalo developed by the Mount Buffalo Destination Advisory Group.
Alpine Shire Council acting chief executive Will Jeremy said PwC were working to discover demand drivers, cost estimates and early market interest for seven dif- ferent concepts and their feasibility.
“We will know (at the completion of the study) how many people each will attract, how much it’s going to cost to implement and run and have an indication of how feasible those concepts are going into the future,” he said.
“They’ve been out there into the market place testing with some of their contacts and with other guest operators of similar facilities or similar ventures things that might have a potential interest in Mt Buffalo.
“They have confidential conversations with those groups to try and understand what the market thinks of some of the concepts we have put forward.
“The taskforce will use what they have learned about the market to assess what might be attractive to potential investors and the conditions to be put in place.”
The Vision for Mount Buffalo document includes seven key concepts ranging from high-end tourism and accommodation offerings to smaller family orientated ventures.
Mr Jeremy remained tight-lipped but said no concepts had been pushed aside in favour of others.
“Different investors have pinpointed different concepts that they are interested in,” he said.
“It’s a bit of a mix, but what we are getting is a lot of feedback on all the different concepts which is allowing us to judge how much interest there is in each of those.
“We haven’t found at this stage a point where we have established the front runners.”
Mr Jeremy said the many parties that make up the Mount Buffalo Activation Task Force continued to see eye to eye in working together to get an outcome for Mt Buffalo.
“I would say that the various players around the table such as Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, the Victorian Government, the Taungurung board and Regional Development Victoria have a really good alignment between them to get an outcome from this study,” he said.
“There aren’t people heading off in a tangent or in different directions.”