His­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety adds to Alps of­fer­ing

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - NEWS - By ALEX CRAIG

A GRANT of al­most $10,000 from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment will en­able the Falls Creek His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to make ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the High Coun­try even more ac­ces­si­ble to vis­i­tors.

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Falls Creek Re­sort Man­age­ment Board and the lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal group, the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety plans to cre­ate a se­ries of arts, her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment walks to dif­fer­ent ar­eas of Falls Creek and the High Plains.

Falls Creek His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Karen Smythe said that she felt the or­gan­i­sa­tion had come up with an idea that would cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties for tourism and ed­u­ca­tion.

“We have 14 or 15 des­ti­na­tions in mind which cover art in­stil­la­tions, en­vi­ron­men­tal ar­eas such as bogs and other habi­tats, her­itage ar­eas and his­toric sites,” she said.

“Our aim is partly to cre­ate a new at­trac­tion for sum­mer vis­i­tors, but it will also be an al­ter­na­tive ac­tiv­ity in win­ter for those vis­i­tors not in­ter­ested in snow sports.”

The walks will be ac­ces­si­ble through the Falls Creek User Guide, a digital plat­form al­ready in use to help vis­i­tors know what ac­tiv­i­ties are avail­able at the re­sort.

In part­ner­ship with Diana Alpine Lodge and Ken Bell, and funded by Tourism North East, the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety has al­ready launched a sum­mer walks project.

It’s called ‘Tales, Trails and Tucker’, and in­volves three-hour guided pic­nic walks to Wal­lace’s and Cope Huts and back to Falls Creek.

“These walks will be start­ing again in Novem­ber, and we are plan­ning on a spring launch for the arts, her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment walks,” Ms Smythe said.

The lat­est fund­ing is part of $350,000 worth of grants al­lo­cated to lo­cal his­tory or­gan­i­sa­tions across Vic­to­ria.

The fund­ing is part of the an­nual Lo­cal His­tory Grants Pro­gram which pro­vides small grants to com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to sup­port projects that pre­serve, record or pub­lish Vic­to­rian lo­cal his­tory.

Vic­to­ria’s di­verse his­tory is a real draw­card for vis­i­tors, with 6.8 mil­lion peo­ple vis­it­ing a mu­seum, gallery, her­itage site or mon­u­ment in the year end­ing De­cem­ber 2017 – up by 27.2 per cent since the year of 2014.

PHOTO: Roz Bradley

GREAT OUT­DOORS: Sum­mer vis­i­tors to Fall Creek can now en­joy guided or sign­posted walks to take in en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural as­pects of the High Coun­try.

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