The Resorts are an important part of NSW's recreational and tourism economy, providing jobs and unique experiences in an alpine environment.
The review aims to:
- ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the resorts
- identify a management model that will deliver year-round visitation and attractions while balancing the needs of the sensitive alpine environment
- enhance the important economic benefits the Resorts provide to the local community and the people of NSW
- establish the Resorts as world class, best practice year-round recreational alpine destinations.
The review into the management arrangements at the Resorts will be seeking feedback from both stakeholders and the local community, and the market.
The management review will commence with an engagement process that collects feedback from current leaseholders, lodge and club members, businesses, and the local community to understand their views, ideas and concerns in relation to management of the Resorts. Participants will be invited to provide feedback on their long-term vision for the Resorts and to identify what needs to happen for them to continue to evolve into world-class resorts and a vibrant, year-round tourism hub.
The information gathered during this phase will inform an expression of interest (EOI) process and will be a consideration in the final decision about the new model.
The next phase of the review will involve engaging with the private sector to identify potential management models. This engagement will provide information on how the Resorts are viewed and how they could be best managed to ensure a financially sustainable future.
Following the market engagement process, the management review will be completed and a preferred management model will be approved. While a senior officers group will have oversight of the management review and make a recommendation about the best management model for the Resorts, the final decision will be made by the NSW Cabinet.
Once approved, tenders will be called for the implementation of the new model.
Following the completion of the tender process and the selection of a preferred private sector proponent, a statutory approval process will be undertaken.
The new management model is expected to be in effect by October 2017.