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Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing Master Plan

Alpine National Park view

 

The Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing immerses visitors in the alpine environment, with its gnarled snow gums and fields of alpine daisies, surrounded by high country scenery, passing by heritage huts and walking to the summits of some of Victoria’s most spectacular peaks. A master plan will determine the best route for the Alpine Crossing and the supporting infrastructure needed to create a world-class walk.   

Have Your Say - Draft Master Plan

A draft master plan for the walk is now available for comment. The draft master plan outlines the proposed route for the 56km.

Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing 2016 Draft Master Plan 

A Summary of the plan and walk alignment is also available.

Correction and clarification regarding camping and fees

From discussions at recent consultation sessions in Bright and Melbourne we’ve realised that the section of the plan where camping is described contains an error, and is confusing. The following information should provide clarification on this issue.

What the master plan currently states:
Page 59 of the draft Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing Master Plan incorrectly states that “Dispersed camping will be prohibited within 500m of the trail. All camping facilities will require a booking and fee, open to licensed tour operators (LTOs), independent hikers or groups.”    

What the master plan should state:
Page 59 of the draft master plan should state: “Dispersed camping is permitted except within 100m of a designated Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing hiker camp”. As the level of service at defined hiker camps will be significantly improved, it is likely that fees will apply for camping at these specific locations based on their level of service. Fees for designated hiker camps will be calculated in accordance with Parks Victoria’s Fees and Charge Schedule.

The draft master plan provides a conceptual layout for each camp ground. Further detail planning including environmental and cultural assessments will be undertaken as part of any future implementation program.

We have heard from a number of people who want to be able to continue to walk the trails free of charge, and to be able to camp (dispersed) free of charge.  No new charges for these basic activities are proposed in the draft master plan. Any changes would be subject to further consultation.

Also noted during consultation is the walkability of the Diamantina Spur, in its current condition. Better trail construction and regular rest points are proposed to enable access to people of varying levels of fitness. This level of difficulty is not significantly different to other similar walks across the world, or even within the Victorian landscape. 

The submission period has been extended and will now close on Friday 27 January 2017

Drop-in information sessions

To answer your questions on the plan, Parks Victoria staff were  available at two drop in information sessions.

Bright Tuesday 6 December 2016, 9.00am to 12.30pm
Offices of the Alpine Shire Council, corner Churchill Avenue and Hawthorn Lane, Bright.

Melbourne Monday 12 December 2016, 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Royal College of Surgeons, 250-290 Spring Street, East Melbourne (near corner of Spring Street and Nicholson Street)

Have Your Say

Parks Victoria invites you to comment on the draft master plan by sending a submission, either by email or post. Your submission can be as short or as long as you like. The attached form provides some guidance on how to make an effective submission and get your point across to us clearly.

Submission form

The submission period is now open and runs from 21 November 2016 to 27 January 2017

Send your submission to:

Email: FHAC@parks.vic.gov.au

Post:
Falls to Hotham Master Plan
Parks Victoria
Level 10, 535 Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Planning Timeline

Early discussions Concept plan Draft master plan Finalisation
2014, 2015 Late 2015 Available Nov 2016 - Jan 2017 Early 2017 (depending on resolution of issues)

Concept Plan

The concept plan is now completed. Thank you to everyone who provided comments and feedback on the draft concept plan. 

What we heard

Overall the idea of an improved walking experience, with better facilities and protection of the park's natural and cultural values, was supported.

This short report provides responses to some of the questions and concerns raised. (PDF 2MB)