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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) is currently underway. The purpose of the review is to identify a management model that will 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.

The NSW Government believes NPWS should focus solely on its core business of park management and leave the day-to-day operational management of the Resorts to the private sector.

Details of the management review and how to provide feedback on the opportunities available to current leaseholders, local businesses and interested community members 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 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 has commenced 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 are 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 EOI 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 government. 

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.

Getting involved

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 were invited to attend stakeholders' workshops in Jindabyne and Sydney CBD in early March 2016. A second workshop occurred in early May 2016.    

Comments and feedback

NPWS welcomes your comments and feedback on the management review for the Resorts. 

More information

Page last updated: 14 October 2016