Chalet’s shaky future

THE fate of the Mt Buffalo Chalet redevelopment project looks even more uncertain after Parks Victoria officers confirmed the size of the original project could be downsized to fit the ever-shrinking $7.53 million budget.

Members of the Mt Buffalo Community Forum met with Parks Victoria officers, Alpine Shire mayor Jan Vonarx and state member Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) to get an update on the stagnating project.

Parks Victoria director environment and visitor planning Brian Doolan became lead on the project in February this year and said Parks Victoria recognises people aren’t getting a clear sense of where the project is heading.

“We are continuing to attempt to solve the problems that arose around the tender process and the lowest tender submission was over budget in the order of $3.5 million,” he said.

“We are working quite intensively with other government agencies on three separate fronts including identifying the preferred tenderer and negotiating the ability to reduce price.”

Mr Doolan said conversations around reducing the scope of the project and deferring some of the works until more money can be allocated to the project had been held with a tenderer.

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