Alpine Governance Reform Update

Thank you for participating in the Victorian Government's Alpine Resorts Governance Reform project throughout this year.  As you may be aware, on 27 November 2017, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, The Hon Lily D'Ambrosio MP, announced her decision on alpine resort governance reform. You can access the media release here at

The Victorian government will implement a new governance model and refresh the northern alpine resort management boards (the Falls Creek, Mt Buller/Mt Stirling, and the Mt Hotham alpine resort management boards).  The Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council and all four currently established alpine resort management boards will continue to exist in their current legal form. 

Current members for the northern alpine resort management boards (Falls Creek, Mt Buller/Mt Stirling and Mt Hotham) and the ARCC have been contacted regarding a short-term reappointment to 29 March 2018, following the expiration of all current terms at the end of December 2017. 

The Minister has invited expressions of interest for thirteen positions across the boards responsible for managing Falls Creek, Mt Buller, Mt Stirling and Mt Hotham alpine resorts, and five positions on the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council, to commence on 30 March 2018.  These opportunities have been publicly advertised, and appointments will be made on the basis of merit against the advertised skills requirements.  

Each alpine resort management board will be made up of three unique members – while four common members will be appointed to all three boards. The composition of the ARCC – each ARMB chair plus five independent members – will not change. This will improve coordination and provide better strategic planning and oversight across the northern alpine resort boards.  

The ARCC and new boards will be provided with clear direction on the Minister’s expectations to ensure government objectives are met to deliver both sector-wide growth and economic development particular to each resort. 

The terms of appointment of the members of the Southern Alpine Resort Management Board expire on 31 December 2019. These positions will therefore not be subject to the forthcoming process. 

There will be no immediate change to resort organisational structure or management as a direct result of the Minister’s announcement.  With respect to the other aspects of the Alpine Resort Futures Project, I am pleased to advise that work is progressing to finalise the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment.

This is likely to be released in early 2018. Further updates on the Alpine Resort Futures Project will be provided to you in 2018. 

Thank you once again for your time and interest in participating in the governance reform process.

About the project

The Alpine Resorts Governance Reform Project aims to ensure the alpine sector has a governance and operating model that:

  • enables effective planning to adapt to the impacts of climate change
  • enhances the public land and environmental values derived from the alpine resorts
  • continues to provide economic and social benefits to surrounding regions and across Victoria
  • facilitates collaboration across the sector and ensures effective land management
  • enables a sector-wide strategic approach to issues associated with infrastructure investment

Read the discussion paper: