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Environmental management in NSW alpine resorts

Information on environmental management systems and community awareness programs that help prevent pollution and minimise harm to the environment.

The Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2006) requires all lessees, licensees and other authorities operating in the park to have or be part of an environmental management system (EMS).

An EMS is a tool to help manage an organisation's activities to prevent pollution, protect the environment from the unintended effects of infrastructure and minimise any impacts from operations.

The Perisher Range Resorts Environmental Management System (PRREMS) was developed jointly by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and businesses, organisations, club lodges and conservation groups involved in the Perisher Range.

Charlotte Pass Ski Resort, Perisher, Kosciuszko Thredbo  and Selwyn Snowfields operate their own EMS which include targets to reduce their environmental impacts, and strategies to achieve targets. The purchase of 'green energy', improved efficiency in water use, weed control, rehabilitation projects, timely response to pollution incidents and environmental awareness training for staff are a few of the initiatives implemented by the resorts to maximise their environmental performance.

Having effective EMSs will help ensure the ski resort areas of Kosciuszko National Park are managed sustainably.

Annual environmental performance report

The annual NSW Alpine Resorts Environmental Performance Report outlines the environmental performance, achievements and initiatives of all the resort operators against nine objectives and 33 key performance indicators.

Download the 2014–16 report (PDF 3.87MB)

Campaigns and awareness programs

To assist resort stakeholders, NPWS has developed environmental campaigns and awareness programs covering particular environmental issues.

To access supporting resources and graphic material please contact the Resorts Environmental Liaison Officer on (02) 6450 5616.

Waterwise resorts

The Waterwise awareness campaign aims to improve water management, particularly water consumption, of Kosciuszko National Park ski resorts.

The campaign promotes the use of low phosphorus- and nitrogen-based detergents, and aims to help prevent foreign and other non-wastewater materials entering the sewage treatment plants.

Litter reduction

Litter is a major environmental issue in the alpine resorts.

NPWS continues to work with the resort operators to target problem areas, particularly during the snow season.

In 2016 NPWS and the resorts are helping promote the EPA’s ‘Hey Tosser’ campaign.


SnowSafe is an awareness program that provides essential information on how to enjoy the alpine environment in safety and comfort.

Information includes details about the Alpine Responsibility Code, driving in the snow, backcountry safety and how to make a child’s experience in the snow more enjoyable.

For more information visit SnowSafe.

Perisher Historical Society and Thredbo Historical Society

The history of resorts and snow sports in Kosciuszko National Park has been captured and celebrated by the Perisher Historical Society and Thredbo Historical Society.

NPWS is a proud sponsor of both these organisations.

To learn more about the resorts associated with Perisher and Charlotte Pass, visit the Perisher Historical Society website or purchase a copy of Highway to Heaven: A history of Perisher and the ski resorts along the Kosciuszko Road by Peter Southwell-Keely. And the next time you’re in Thredbo visit the Thredbo Ski Museum to view the well-presented collection of memorabilia, equipment, photographs and documents. The museum is located at the northern end of the Thredbo Alpine Hotel under the Kosciuszko Room. A number of books on the history of Thredbo can be purchased at the museum.

Page last updated: 13 July 2017