Alpine Shire still open for business

Mayor Cr Nino Mautone believes the Great Alpine Valleys and the snowfields are ideal holiday destinations for spring and the school holidays.

Spring is traditionally the busiest time of year for the Great Alpine Valleys with tourists flocking to events such as the Bright Spring Festival, The Bright Rod Run and the Myrtleford Show.

And despite the recent flood emergency, Cr Mautone said he hoped tourists recognised that the Great Alpine Valleys was operating as normal.

“There is a perception from some visitors that the Alpine Shire and the snowfields are closed and can not be easily accessed,” he said.

“That could not be further from the truth.

"The Great Alpine Road is now open all the way from the Hume Highway to Myrtleford, Bright, Harrietville and Mount Hotham.

"The Bogong High Plains Road to Falls Creek is also fully operational.

“The Alpine Visitor Information Centre had over 1000 people through their doors over the weekend (4-5 September), which is remarkable considering the flood situation.

"But we need to keep the message out there that the Great Alpine Valleys is operating as normal and there are still a wonderful range of visitor experiences available.

“There is plenty of snow on the mountains with the official snow season open until October.

"There may have never been a better time to head up to the mountains as it may be a little quieter than normal.”

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