Keith Bret­targh

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town -

What do you do?

I run and man­age Dingo Dell Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in Mt Buf­falo Na­tional Park, mak­ing cof­fees, food and pro­vide a shel­ter and toi­lets for moun­tain vis­i­tors. I’ve been run­ning Dingo Dell for seven years now, as well as KB’s Cof­fee Trailer at The Gorge for four years.

I un­der­stand you’ve worked on the Alpine peaks for a while now?

I’ve worked in snow sports since 1984 and have worked for the Alpine Re­sort Com­mis­sion then the Re­sort Man­age­ment Board at Mount Hotham, the ski lift com­pany in the events depart­ment, lodge man­ager, bus driver, and also as a cook. I worked at the Mount Buf­falo Chalet for three years and en­joyed the moun­tain. When the Chalet closed I saw that Mount Buf­falo vis­i­tors needed some food and respite from the en­vi­ron­ment, whether it was the win­ter cold or the sum­mer heat.

What’s the best thing about the job?

Work­ing in the beau­ti­ful Mount Buf­falo Na­tional Park, see­ing all the flora and fauna, the (mostly) peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment and meet­ing all the dif­fer­ent peo­ple that come up to en­joy the park: bush­walk­ers, campers, cy­clist and ‘to­bog­gan­ists’. I like see­ing peo­ple en­joy­ing the na­tional park and giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity. I like the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment across the whole re­gion, the snow sports and the mod­ern foodie cul­ture that has de­vel­oped in the area with places like the Wandi pub, Tom­a­hawks, Pocket Full of Rye, Six­pence Cof­fee and the Reed & Co. Dis­tillery in Bright as well as other great venues.

What are your con­cerns about the area?

The pop­u­la­tion growth, with no pub­lic hous­ing or pub­lic trans­port for an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, may be a prob­lem into the fu­ture.

Any plans for the fu­ture?

Not re­ally sure of the fu­ture. With the de­vel­op­ment of the Mount Buf­falo Chalet, there will be a lot go­ing on at Buf­falo. I’m sure some­thing will turn up.

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