With thanks from the moun­tains

Mansfield Courier - - Bushfires -

MT BULLER re-opened from Mon­day morn­ing without any re­stric­tions, but Mt Stirling - as a gate­way into the Mans­field State For­est and Alpine National Park re­mained closed due to the fires. Be­low is a let­ter from Mt Buller Mt Stirling man­age­ment team.

WE wanted to take a mo­ment and say thank you.

It has been over­whelm­ing to see the power of com­mu­nity as our moun­tain faced the threat of nearby bush­fires.

We have all shared the shock and sad­ness of the dam­age in­flicted on our alpine neigh­bours in Vic­to­ria and up in NSW.

We sin­cerely thank every­one who has helped with their time, ser­vice, do­na­tions, mes­sages of sup­port, car­ing for those in need and sim­ply look­ing at what they can do and do­ing it.

One gen­er­ous ex­am­ple from last week that we wanted to share - our friends on the other side of the world at Al­terra Moun­tain Com­pany the pro­po­nents of the Ikon Pass have con­trib­uted $25,000 US to sup­port the Vic­to­rian Bush­fire Ap­peal and $25,000 US to the NSW Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice.

Al­terra Moun­tain Com­pany’s CEO Rusty Gre­gory who per­son­ally do­nated an ad­di­tional $10,000 US wrote this morn­ing to say that “our vi­sion is to build a global moun­tain com­mu­nity.”

“As­sist­ing our Ikon Pass des­ti­na­tions at Mt Buller and Thredbo and their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties is fun­da­men­tal to our cause.”

“Our thoughts are with our friends in Aus­tralia.”

We en­cour­age stake­hold­ers and vis­i­tors to come and visit in the next few days and weeks.

This will be of enor­mous ben­e­fit to every­one who runs a business in the re­gion and who would love to wel­come back some vis­i­tors.

MOUN­TAINS: Smoke drifts across the moun­tains from fires at Mount Howitt.

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