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Perisher Range and Charlotte Pass Resorts management review: public consultation

A review of the management arrangements for the Perisher Range and Charlotte Pass Resorts (the Resorts) commenced in 2016. The purpose of the review was 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.

Management review process

The Resorts are an important part of NSW's recreational and tourism economy, providing jobs and unique experiences in an alpine environment.

The review sought 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 sought feedback from both stakeholders and the local community, and the market.

Stakeholder engagement

The management review commenced with an engagement process that collected 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 were 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 informed the expression of interest (EOI) process and is a consideration in the final decision about the new model.

Market engagement

The NSW Government engaged with the private sector to identify potential management models through an EOI process.

Next Phase

The Perisher Range and Charlotte Pass Management Review has concluded for Perisher Range. The Review remains ongoing for Charlotte Pass.

The stakeholder engagement, market engagement and expression of interest (EOI) revealed that a head lease is the preferred management model for resorts within Kosciuszko National Park however implementation is dependent upon a sustainable model, genuine participation by the private sector and concluding negotiations successfully.

Perisher Range

The expression of interest responses were evaluated for Perisher Range. On the advice of the tender panel, the NSW Government will not be offering a head lease to any proponent for Perisher Range at this time.

A sustainable service delivery model for Perisher Range is important for the future of the resort. The NSW Government is investigating better cost recovery options for providing services at Perisher Range Resorts and will progress this in consultation with stakeholders.

Charlotte Pass

The expression of interest responses have been evaluated by the tender panel for Charlotte Pass. The panel resolved that the proposed request for tender (RFT) stage of the review can be better progressed through direct negotiations with successful proponents from the EOI. These negotiations are confidential. No final decisions have been made.

Parties currently negotiating with the NSW Government for the head lease at Charlotte Pass have confirmed that existing sub-lessees will be offered first right of refusal for new leases. This will be contingent on a successful conclusion of negotiations.

Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is aware of concerns from stakeholders including lodge lessees, sub-lessees and club members at Charlotte Pass about the ability to take future bookings. OEH recommends that sub-lessees may take waitlist bookings for the 2018 ski season. If negotiations conclude positively then sub-lessees may be able to confirm waitlist bookings subject to negotiation and confirmation of sub-leases.

OEH anticipates that a further announcement on the progress of negotiations will be made early in the ski season. The current head lessee maintains its commitment to the successful operation of Charlotte Pass.

Statutory approvals

Following the completion of the negotiation process for Charlotte Pass a statutory approval process will be undertaken.

The new management model is expected to be in effect by October 2017.

More information

Page last updated: 26 June 2017