Victoria’s alpine resort management boards to merge into one entity

The ski in ski out village at Falls Creek. Photo by Chris Hocking.

The Andrews Labor Government this week announced the establishment of the new Alpine Resorts Victoria to launch in July 2022.

The organisation, a single entity, will be created by merging Victoria’s four alpine resort management boards, Alpine Resorts Victoria will govern Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller, Mt Stirling, Lake Mountain and Mt Baw Baw resorts.

Existing leases with Alpine Resort Management Boards will be transferred to the new Alpine Resorts Victoria with no changes to their terms and conditions. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will take on the strategic policy functions of the former Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council.

“A new governance arrangement for our alpine resorts will help the sector and our communities recover from the bushfires and pandemic, while also planning for the future in the face of growing climate challenges,” said Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.

The resorts collectively contribute nearly $1.1 billion to the Victorian economy, attracting one million visitors and sustaining nearly ten thousand jobs. According to the press release, this change follows consultation with a range of stakeholders, including industry, local government and the resort management boards.

A stakeholder reference group will also be established to ensure key interests including industry representatives, Traditional Owners and local government have input in the transition to the new body.

Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians will also be represented on the new Alpine Resorts Victoria board to ensure management decisions consider their significant local knowledge and enduring connection to Country.

You can read the Principles of Alpine Management Reform from the Minister on the Department of Environment, Energy, Water and Planning website.

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