Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

'Resort Roundup' - Issue 19, Summer 2004-5

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Survey and future of the newsletter

The continuity of Resorts Round-up as a communication tool was put to the test in Autumn 2004 with a survey. Whilst the primary aim of the survey was to gauge the readership of the newsletter, which has been circulating for a number of years, the survey also helped appraise what content people were interested in, as well as help guide the NPWS Resorts Section to better target and deliver such information to stakeholders. The key findings of the survey were as follows.

  • There were 52 responses representing commercial and club lodges, and other commercial operators, mostly from the Perisher Range resorts
  • There was a good response from all the topics of interest identified in the survey, with a strong request toward the Kosciuszko National Park plan of management, Perisher Range resorts infrastructure upgrade project, waste management, water management and updates on current projects and campaigns
  • Children's educational activities were not supported
  • Most respondents did not want to make a contribution toward the newsletter
  • More non-environmental stories were requested including commercial operator perspectives
  • Two or four issues per year were favoured, with the most popular edition being pre-winter
  • General comments favoured a move toward electronic versions for easier access and wider readership; maintainance of the existing type of information and themes; more 'factual' and less 'chatty' sections; and low production costs.

Where to from here?

Following a review of the survey response, the Resorts Section intends to:

  • continue to publish four editions of Resorts Round-up per year: pre-winter, post-winter, pre-Christmas and end of summer
  • provide electronic versions of the newsletter as PDF files, although other formats can be accommodated to meet readers' software limitations
  • print a limited number of hard copies for mailbox distribution and placement in visitor centres.
  • maintain key information on infrastructure upgrades, projects, community relations programs and operational issues, especially prior to the winter snow season.

Although Resorts Round-up was initially established to convey information across all resort areas within Kosciuszko National Park, there has been an inherent bias toward issues pertaining to the Perisher Range Resorts. However, an attempt will be made to communicate more information that is of interest and relevance to Thredbo Village and Charlotte Pass Village.

 

  • 'Lodge profiles' will be trialed. Permission will be sought prior to the inclusion of such articles.
  • A new professional look to the newsletter will be made commencing with the next edition.

Consider this an invitation to contribute! If your lodge or organisation wishes to convey information or address an issue pertaining to resort infrastructure, planning or operations, then email
dave.woods@environment.nsw.gov.au or write to Dave Woods, Environmental Liaison Officer, NPWS Resorts Section, PO Box 2228, Jindabyne NSW 2627.

 

Please keep contributions to less than 300 words or contact us first to discuss the length. Also, please make contributions relevant to resorts within Kosciuszko National Park and include a photograph where you can.

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Perisher Range resorts infrastructure upgrade project

Work will continue on a number of capital works projects across the Perisher Range resorts. These include:

  • Completion of the emergency helipad
  • Completion of the Perisher UV Station No. 2
  • Continuation of the water supply headworks investigation
  • Survey investigation and design in relation to water supply, sewerage work and roads for future work programs
  • Review detail design and implementation phase for the Perisher Range Resorts of the Regional Waste Strategy.

Due to government financial cut-backs, no road concreting will be undertaken this year.

 

Rob Staples
Project Manager

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Municipal Services Unit update

Winter was reasonably incident-free for operations in the Perisher Range Resorts. There was one minor break in the sewage main and one minor interruption to the water supply main that was out for six hours whilst repairs were being conducted.

The treatment plant continued to function well. Overall recycling and waste transfer operations were good, although some premises were contacted about material being placed in the wrong bins, highlighting the need to adequately induct and train new staff.

Winter 2004 was also the first time that the new tobogganing site in Perisher Valley was formally managed and the Smiggin Holes slope closed. Grooming was regularly undertaken and the site supervised by NPWS officer Brent Bourke. The dramatic reduction in tobogganing accidents is attributed to the change in site and the move has been reported as mostly popular by users. The site will again be managed in a similar way next season.

Due to the frequent snowfall events during the season, more snow grooming of oversnow routes was undertaken. Unfortunately there was still a significant amount of unregistered and unlicensed skidoo operation during winter. There will be less tolerance towards unlicensed oversnow operations next season. Over summer, routine maintenance will include:


Merv Eagle
Manager
Municipal Services Unit

 

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Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management update

When public submissions closed for comment upon the Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management, approximately 12,500 submissions were received, although approximately 9000 of these were 'form letters', many of which were received on the last day. Nearing completion is the analysis report on the submissions and recommendations that will be forwarded to Parks and Wildlife Division and DEC executives to table at the joint Snowy Mountains Region and South-West Slopes Advisory Committee in February 2005.

The Advisory Committee will have a couple of months to review before the analysis, draft plan and committee recommendations are submitted to the Advisory Council. Once the Advisory Council has reviewed the plan, it will forward its recommendations on to the Minister who will then pass it back to the Advisory Committee to view the recommendations made by the Advisory Council. The Advisory Committee has 30 days to review all that has been recommended before it, and may add further recommendations before passing directly back to the Minister.

The Minister may adopt all or some of the recommendations before having the revised Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management tabled in parliament. It is not anticipated that the revised Plan of Management will be adopted before June 2005.

Penny Spoelder
Team Leader
Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management review

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Environmental Management System update


Another major improvement for ski lodge/hotel/apartment lessees is the inclusion of electronic EMS reporting. This year there are three ways reports and the workbook can be submitted.

 

  • Internet: an online winter 2004 EMS report form has been set up on the NPWS website
  • Email: this year the Workbook has been produced on a CD to save paper. On the CD there are MS excel versions of the winter and summer reports and the workbook. These can completed over time and emailed to perisher.ems@environment.nsw.gov.au
  • Paper: For those that still prefer hard copy reports, the workbook and reports can be printed from the CD, completed by hand and returned by post to NPWS Environmental Management Officer, Resorts Section, PO Box 2228, Jindabyne, NSW 2627 or by fax to 02 6450 5630.

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Megan Bennett
Manager
Environmental Services Unit

 

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Feral cat research project

A feral cat recovering from the anaesthetic after being collared. Photo: NPWSOn 23 November, the annual Perisher Clean-up Day was again held in the Perisher Range and along the road corridor to Dainers Gap. About 70 Perisher Blue staff and 10 NPWS staff participated in the clean-up with NPWS providing a well-deserved barbecue lunch. Some staff also assisted in the removal of a number of weed species, particularly wintercress.

Approximately nine cubic metres of bagged rubbish and a further eight cubic metres of 'hard' rubbish (eg. wooden poles, tin, concrete etc) was collected on the day. This effort is in addition to the continued contribution by Perisher Blue winter staff in cleaning up the carpark and surrounding areas throughout the snow season.

Whilst there is 17 cubic metres of less waste in the mountains after the Perisher Clean-up, there are other areas worthy of such attention. If you so desire to help in further clean-ups, keep in mind Clean-up Australia Day on Sunday 6 March 2005. Last year NPWS co-ordinated a clean-up of the Main Range and associated walking tracks. A similar co-ordinated effort is again planned but the target area has yet to be identified.

Furthermore, when visiting your resort next, take a quick walk around and pick up any litter that may be present... remember, every little bit helps!

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Cloud seeding project

After legislative approval by the NSW Government earlier in the year, Snowy Hydro Limited implemented their cloud seeding trial throughout the 2004 winter snow season. The aim of the cloud seeding project is to assess the feasibility of enhancing natural snow precipitation events - and the resulting snowpack - by up to 10 per cent. The target area is 1000 square kilometres and centred on the Main Range of Kosciuszko National Park.

Twelve ground-based generators were strategically located at sites to the west of the Main Range. Under suitable winter conditions silver iodide particles are released into the clouds where they act as nucleating agents, allowing snowflakes to form, grow larger and fall as snow.

Released simultaneously is indium sesquioxide, a tracing agent that allows Snowy Hydro to measure the amount of snow resulting directly from the trial. Monitoring devices such as rain gauges and snow profile sites have been established upwind, within and downwind of the target area. Radar and radiometer equipment has also been established near the Blue Cow terminal building.

The 2004 season was used by Snowy Hydro to install and test the overall equipment network. Based on early results from this year, some changes to equipment locations are likely to be required before the five-year statistical trial commences in 2005.

Snowy Hydro has developed an Environmental Management Plan for the trial and is working closely with the Department of Environment and Conservation to monitor and minimise any potential environmental impacts.

For more information on the cloud seeding trial check the Snowy Hydro website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Shotter
Principal Snowy Hydro Liaison Officer

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Staff updates


 

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

To all the resort community of Kosciuszko National Park, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year... and safe travelling during the festive season and holiday period!


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