YouTube magic lights up Mt Buffalo Chalet
WITH a “YouTube degree”, some coloured cellophane and the help of a hardware store, a Melbourne man is hoping to re-focus the spotlight on the fate of the Mt Buffalo Chalet.
Sean Hallam has been both bystander and involved in the battle to save the mothballed tourist landmark for the past few years.
He says it all came about after a camping trip to the mountain.
“But sadly from the discussions I’ve had with people involved in the fight and with others the future doesn’t look great,” he said.
“I decided that perhaps I could help by reminding people of the beauty of the old building.
“I did a few hours Youtube study, brought some cellophane and spotlights from Bunnings and headed up the mountain.
“It took me about six hours, I finished at 2am and the results were stunning.
“If I can do that with little or no knowledge of what I was doing imagine what a real photographer could make of the building – this is an iconic landmark, something we can’t afford to lose and frankly if it was anywhere else we wouldn’t be having this discussion.”
Mr Hallam has created a website moutbuffalochalet.com, where he chronicles the building’s history and more recent developments.
Late last year Victorian environment minister Lisa Neville shelved plans for a $7.8 million refurbishment of the chalet, instead committing $2.8 million to preserve the building and $1.5 million on a day visitor centre at The Gorge.
An advisory group was formed to advise the minister on future developments at the same time is yet to finalise its terms of reference.
NOT ALL WHITE: With the aid of Youtube, cellophane and a spotlight Sean Hallam turned the landmark building into a riot of colour to protest the lack of action in the past nine years.