Mt Buffalo sparks in­ter­est

Alpine Observer - - News - BY TATE SPITERI

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.”

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