Chalet’s dying shame

FORMER Mt Buffalo National Park ranger-in-charge Bob Adams is urging the community to continue to ask questions regarding the redevelopment of the Mt Buffalo Chalet.

Mr Adams worked on Mt Buffalo from 1981 to 1991 and has kept a keen eye on the Chalet since the building was closed in 2007.

“Recent events regarding the redevelopment of the heritage listed 105-year-old Mt Buffalo Chalet leave a lot to be desired,” he said.

“Government officials have indicated that the tenders for the redevelopment of the Chalet exceed the funds allocated by the previous Coalition State Government, resulting in further delays of any works being carried out on the majestic old building.”

According to Mr Adams, following the fire which destroyed the Cresta ski area day visitor and Tatra accommodation facilities, an insurance payout of $6.4 million was received by the State Government in September 2007.

“The destruction of the day visitor and Tatra accommodation facilities on December 6, 2006, left a bill exceeding $10 million and the event forced the then lessees Burbank to immediately shut the Chalet as the entire Mt Buffalo National Park was closed over the Christmas and New Year period by government officials because of concern for public safety.

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