Council manages the alpine village of Dinner Plain, providing a range of services for residents, ratepayers and visitors.
Dinner Plain was created in 1985 and is the only Australian alpine resort to be managed by a local government agency. The village economy is built on tourism.
Dinner Plain Special Rate
Council provides a number of services of special benefit to the Dinner Plain village:
- Dinner Plain to Hotham winter bus service
- Roadways snow clearing
- Cross country trail grooming
- Marketing and events support specific to Dinner Plain
- Cable television maintenance
A Dinner Plain Special Rate is applied to properties that fall under the special rate definition, in addition to the general rate. It is applied at a higher rate of 43% of the general rate, in the same way the commercial/industrial special rate is applied elsewhere in the Shire.
The Special Rate offsets the costs of service delivery at Dinner Plain.
Dinner Plain Festival and Events Funding
Annually Council sets aside funds to provide financial assistance to festival and event organisers for events to be held in Dinner Plain. The funding is available to assist organisations to stage events that have the potential to make a demonstrable impact on the level of visitor economy to Dinner Plain. The funding is designed to provide seed funding for new events, assistance with program development of existing events and marketing support.
Applications close in June each year.
Plants for Revegetation and Landscaping
Dinner Plain is located amongst some of the rarest plant communities in Australia - Alpine woodland and Alpine grassland. These plant communities are nationally recognised and are protected by Australian and Victorian Government Acts. Obtaining plants for landscaping and revegetation can be a difficult process as only indigenous plant material can be used at Dinner Plain.
Guidelines for Planting at Dinner Plain
- Minimise disturbance: leaving the alpine landscape intact is the best practice.
- Park vehicles in designated parking areas and use pathways and roads: NEVER PARK ON THE GRASS.
- Stabilise disturbed ground: disturbance or removal of plants will open the way for erosion and the potential for weeds to become established.
- Level out disturbed area with a rake to create an even surface.
- Lumps and dips will trap water and become boggy.
- Cover disturbed ground with certified weed free straw: this will help hold the soil in place.
- Weed free area: hand pull or spot spray any weeds to minimise competition when establishing native seedlings.
- Plant at the right time: best results will be achieved planting in to moist soils. October/November and April through to early May are the best times to plant at Dinner Plain.
- Protect young plants: use tree bags or appropriate fencing to protect new plantings from rabbits and inappropriate human access. Bags and fencing can remain over winter however they may need to be highlighted with an indicator such as colourful tape to ensure no one accidentally damages the plant.
- Follow up: make sure the revegetated area remains weed free and moist. Watering through the first summer may be essential if the plants are exposed to direct sun and wind. Making sure bags or fencing are stable is important as young plants do not like being restricted. Some plants may need to be replaced if there has been attrition over summer or winter.
Dogs at Dinner Plain
All dogs visiting Dinner Plain are required to be registered with their home Council and kept on lead at all times, except in designated off lead areas as signed. Council’s Rangers patrol Dinner Plain regularly to ensure compliance with the Domestic Animals Act.
Please note that the previous requirement to obtain a specific permit to take dogs to Dinner Plain no longer applies.