Council has welcomed a Victorian Government announcement of $1.5 million for new ‘eco pod’ accommodation on Mount Buffalo.
20 May 2020
This exciting announcement also comes as Park Victoria prepares to begin an EOI process to secure an operator for a cafe in the Mount Buffalo Chalet.
Alpine Shire Councillor Ron Janas said yesterday’s announcement heralded a new era in the history of the iconic building.
“This is a fantastic step toward the reactivation of the Chalet, and the realisation of a whole-of-mountain vision,” he said.
“We are very excited and grateful to the Victorian Government for their ongoing strong support and recognition of the importance the Chalet has to our communities and visitors.
“Our community has always been passionate about seeing the Chalet reopened - this commitment for eco pod accommodation strengthens the whole-of-mountain offering and is fantastic news for the regional economy.
“A café in the Chalet is the critical next step to reconnect the people to the Chalet and build confidence with the community, business operators and investors.
“We believe it is key part of the solution that will help our community and businesses recover from the economic impact of the January bushfires and current coronavirus pandemic.”
Council have been advocating on behalf of the community since the Chalet’s closure.
Cr Janas said the community and many Victorians have a strong connection to the Mount Buffalo Chalet, and are looking forward to seeing new life breathed into this iconic building.
“This would not have been possible without the hard work of the Mount Buffalo Activation Taskforce members.
“Special thanks is owed to the tireless advocacy of community Taskforce members David Jacobson, representing Community Action for the Chalet and Janelle Marsden, chair of the Mount Buffalo Destination Advisory Group.”