2 weeks ago we had a face to face meeting with Parks Victoria about our position on the re-activation of skiing at Cresta Mount Buffalo. Many items were discussed that we put forward in our original expression of interest.
One important item soon to be released to the public, once discussions are underway, will be announced the next month or two.
As for now, we have been given verbal permission to start testing of the lifts to see if they spin, (start them up) and then prepare for an engineers report to determine costings to bring them up to code and running order. We are waiting on a formal written letter before we begin next month.
We will also be installing weather stations from early 2016 to collect data for snowmaking temperatures, natural snowfalls, rain, humidity and the installation of snow camera monitoring (snow cams) for snow depth and snow retention along with water flow measurement for snowmaking.
For all of this to happen, we will be announcing a date from November this year that we intend to start round 1 of crowdfunding to purchase equipment for these tests, mainly weather stations, webcams and minor repairs and maintenance and administration.
As we are doing this project off our own backs, with little funds, we are asking for community support for now. What we are doing is for the community, the general public and need your assistance.
There will be exclusive rewards attached to the crowdfunding, depending on payment amounts, such as lift tickets, names on chairs, season passes, first lift rides on reopening and much more.
Stage one of crowdfunding will commence in November 2015 and your support will be greatly appreciated.
Remember, this will be Australia's cheapest snow resort to ski/board with NO park entry fees! To give you an idea, we are considering a lift ticket of around $65 for an adult day and $49 for a Child day.
We have now moved from talking to Parks Victoria to DELP (up the ladder) and plan to have a meeting with the Minister for Environment Lisa Neville in the coming months. We also have Federal Minister Cathy McGowan (IND) for Indigo wishing to have a face to face meeting with us to discuss our plans and ask for assistance.
Our goal is to create jobs, tourism, business growth for the valley, an all year Mount Buffalo attraction and growing the snow industry by giving people the affordable chance to try skiing for the first time and moving on from there once they are addicted. All resorts will benefit as well as the local economy by bringing new people into the market.
At present a video presentation is being developed for our stage 1 crowdfunding campaign and will be released next week.
If you are interested in being a part of our project, whether it is on a volunteer based interest or financial, please email email@example.com
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