Australia — At Lake Mountain near Marysville, Mr Brumby officially switched on the snow machine which arrived for the start of the school holidays and is creating a winter wonderland at the iconic alpine resort which was severely damaged in the tragic Black Saturday fires.
Mr Brumby said the Victorian Government had supported bringing the state-of-the art snow machine to Lake Mountain to ensure that it could attract visitors regardless of natural snowfall throughout the winter months.
The machine, dubbed Yeti arrived in late June in time for the influx of visitors during the school holidays and will complement the existing Wyss snow making system that was introduced last year, enabling more man-made snow to be produced at the resort than ever before.
We will continue to stand by bushfire-affected communities as they rebuild their lives, homes and communities after the worst natural disaster in Australias history, Mr Brumby said.
Lake Mountain is a vital part of the economic and social heart of Marysville and we are committed to ensuring it can continue to attract winter visitors who come here for its stunning natural beauty and close proximity to Melbourne, and also new visitors in the summer months.
Thats why we are investing $9.2 million for new projects to rebuild key winter tourism infrastructure and to develop new summer tourist experiences at the resort we want Lake Mountain to be a popular tourist destination all year around.
Mr Brumby also released a draft masterplan which outlines proposed new walking trails from iconic natural tourist attractions surrounding Marysville into the towns main village. It has been developed following a review of walking trails on public land after the fires.
The plan is currently on display at the Marysville Information Centre and the Department of Sustainability and Environment Marysville office.
This masterplan is about enhancing the walking trail network to better accommodate multiple users including walkers, cyclists and horse risers to further boost this stunnings region offering in nature-based tourism, he said.
Mr Brumby also announced that the main access road to Marysvilles Steavensons Falls had been reconstructed as part of a $3 million project to rebuild key visitor facilities including viewing areas, car parking and access paths which will be completed later this year.
He also announced that major reconstruction works to restore recreational sites at Mt Disappointment State Forest near Broadford had commenced. Two thirds of the forest was burnt out in the Black Saturday fires, virtually destroying all camping and picnic facilities.