Cross Country Skiing Association Victoria would like to acknowledge the recent announcement by the Alpine Resorts Victoria that there will be no clearing of the road until the ANARE shed has been redeveloped and “...there is a clear understanding of how the site should be optimally operated and accessed...”. We strongly support that any future operational decisions …"will be informed by a clear and transparent engagement with all associated stakeholders”.
In contrast this announcement does not address the many other concerns our members have about the development.
This announcement seems like a strategic move by the Alpine Resorts Victoria to reduce the focus the ANARE shed development so it can get through the planning process.
We strongly encourage you if you have additional objections to the new documentation submitted in the ANARE planning permit to lodge another objection (Note - Your initial objection still holds and will be evaluated as part of the planning approval process). XCSAV will shortly be publishing some key points on our website that you can incorporate into your objection letter.
If you want more details about how to lodge an objection. Find out how.
There are a range of changes that this new application addresses, however the recreational impacts to cross country skiing is not addressed in the re-submission. Other reasons for the re-submission include a reduction in car parking to limit environmental impact and to minimise native vegetation clearing in an area where there are threatened species.
As the application reads, clearing of the Bogong High Plains Road to the ANARE Shed is still under consideration by ARV/ FCRM.
The XCSAV committee are engaging proactively with ARV on the application and will advise members within the next fortnight on a range of actions you can take.