YouTube magic lights up Mt Buf­falo Chalet

Myrtleford Times - - NEWS - By BRAD WOR­RALL

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.

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