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Perisher Range and Charlotte Pass Resorts management review

The Perisher Range Resorts include the areas of Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Blue Cow.

These resorts form the largest skiing operation in the southern hemisphere, covering 1245 hectares of Kosciuszko National Park and attracting over 750,000 skiers and more than 350,000 non-skiing visitors each winter.

A review to identify a management model that will best secure the long-term future of the Perisher Range and Charlotte Pass Resorts (the Resorts) commenced in 2016.


Management review

The purpose of the review sought to identify a management model to best secure the long-term future of the Resorts, through increased private sector investment and year-round visitor activities.

Currently, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the Perisher Range Resorts. This includes lease management of the club and commercial lodges at the Perisher Range Resorts, as well as providing utility services such as the collection and disposal of waste, and infrastructure such as sewerage. NPWS also provides waste disposal services at Charlotte Pass.

Details of the management review are available on these web pages, including information about concurrent reviews relating to Kosciuszko National Park.

The Perisher Range Resorts include the areas of Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Blue Cow.

These resorts form the largest skiing operation in the southern hemisphere, covering 1245 hectares of Kosciuszko National Park and attracting over 750,000 skiers and more than 350,000 non-skiing visitors each winter.

A review to identify a management model that will best secure the long-term future of the Perisher Range and Charlotte Pass Resorts (the Resorts) commenced in 2016.


Management review

The purpose of the review sought to identify a management model to best secure the long-term future of the Resorts, through increased private sector investment and year-round visitor activities.

Currently, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the Perisher Range Resorts. This includes lease management of the club and commercial lodges at the Perisher Range Resorts, as well as providing utility services such as the collection and disposal of waste, and infrastructure such as sewerage. NPWS also provides waste disposal services at Charlotte Pass.

Details of the management review are available on these web pages, including information about concurrent reviews relating to Kosciuszko National Park.

  • Getting involved

    almost 2 years ago
    The NSW Government values the views and knowledge of stakeholders and the community, and wants their involvement in the review. Gathering stakeholder feedback on the long-term vision for the Perisher Range and Charlotte Pass Resorts is an important first step in the review.

    Stakeholder workshops
    Directly affected stakeholders, such as current leaseholders and business owners, and operators at the Resorts are invited to attend a stakeholders' workshop.

    Workshops are being held in the Sydney CBD and Jindabyne:
    • Monday 7 March 2016, 4.00 to 6.00pm at Jindabyne
    • Thursday 10 March 2016, 6.30 to 8.30pm, at Sydney CBD

    The NSW Government values the views and knowledge of stakeholders and the community, and wants their involvement in the review. Gathering stakeholder feedback on the long-term vision for the Perisher Range and Charlotte Pass Resorts is an important first step in the review.

    Stakeholder workshops
    Directly affected stakeholders, such as current leaseholders and business owners, and operators at the Resorts are invited to attend a stakeholders' workshop.

    Workshops are being held in the Sydney CBD and Jindabyne:
    • Monday 7 March 2016, 4.00 to 6.00pm at Jindabyne
    • Thursday 10 March 2016, 6.30 to 8.30pm, at Sydney CBD

    Community information sessions
    Other local stakeholders and community members are invited to attend a community information session that is being held in Jindabyne:

    • Monday 7 March 2016, 7.00 to 8.30pm at Rydges Horizons Snowy Mountains, 10 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne.
    If you are interested in attending this event, please register.

    Comments and feedback
    NPWS will be seeking comments and feedback on the management review for the Resorts once initial stakeholder workshops and community sessions are concluded.

  • Management review process

    almost 2 years ago

    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...

    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.

    Stakeholder engagement
    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.

    Market engagement
    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.

    Statutory approvals
    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.



  • Other reviews on Kosciuszko National Park

    almost 2 years ago

    The NSW Government is also examining other aspects of the management of Kosciuszko National Park, including a review of the environmental carrying capacity of all alpine resorts and how entry into the park is managed.

    Environmental carrying capacity

    A separate review is also underway to examine how the environmental carrying capacity in all the alpine resorts can best be managed. Currently this is set by limits on overnight accommodation, through the use of bed numbers in each resort.

    The environmental capacity review is looking at whether a framework based on environmental performance, rather than just bed numbers, is possible.

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    The NSW Government is also examining other aspects of the management of Kosciuszko National Park, including a review of the environmental carrying capacity of all alpine resorts and how entry into the park is managed.

    Environmental carrying capacity

    A separate review is also underway to examine how the environmental carrying capacity in all the alpine resorts can best be managed. Currently this is set by limits on overnight accommodation, through the use of bed numbers in each resort.

    The environmental capacity review is looking at whether a framework based on environmental performance, rather than just bed numbers, is possible.

    If a new approach to carrying capacity is developed, it would apply to all resorts irrespective of the leasing or service delivery arrangements.

    While the work on carrying capacity will inform and be considered during the Perisher Range and Charlotte Pass resorts review, it is not expected to have a significant bearing on the future management model for the Resorts.