Mt Buffalo Chalet


Hard Yards
Sep 11, 2002
15:27 22Sep2006 Future of Mt Buffalo Chalet remains in doubt
By Heather Gallagher
MELBOURNE, Sept 22 AAP - The future of the historic Mt Buffalo Chalet, in
Victoria's high country, remains in doubt.
Parks Victoria, the owner of the chalet, today said it had been notified by the
lease holder, Burbank, of its intention to cease operations.
But Burbank spokeswoman Sue McDermott said the company was hoping to renegotiate
the terms of its lease and to merely close temporarily for renovations.
"We can't rely on generating revenue just from the ski season," she said.
"We have to rely on revenue all year round. The chalet was built in 1910 and
there's a lot of work needing to be done. We're hoping we can work with Parks
Victoria to do that."
The chalet is perched near the top of Mt Buffalo and is on the doorstep of one
of Victoria's most popular ski resorts.
According to Heritage Victoria, Mt Buffalo Chalet is of architectural,
historical and social significance to Victoria.
A spokesman said any renovations or alterations would require a permit under the
Heritage Act.
The authority says the chalet was, by 1912, regarded as "the epitome of luxury"
with large sitting rooms, ample fireplaces, well ventilated bedrooms and hot and
cold baths.
But Ms McDermott said the buildings, with capacity to sleep around 180, were now
"a bit tired".
She said Burbank was proposing new bathrooms, plumbing and electrics
The resort will still be open for Christmas and the school holidays.
Ms McDermott said it was hoped that if the chalet closed for renovations after
the holidays that it would reopen in time for next year's ski season.
Parks Victoria said it had not been notified of the renovation plans.
Poor snowfalls this winter saw ski operations end in mid-August, more than a
month before the official end of the ski season.
"We acknowledge that it's been a difficult trading period, compounded by a poor
snow season," regional manager for Parks Victoria, Chris Rose, said in a
"We will shortly discuss the future of this tourist icon with the lessees and
plan to involve local government representatives and the community in future
examination of options."
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