Historical society adds to Alps offering
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.
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.