The Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing is a popular 3 day walk across the Bogong High Plains. It has two designated campsites that you need to book. For many years the Victorian government has been pursuing the further development of the walk, with a diversion to Mt Feathertop. This would turn it into a five-day 57-kilometre walk. Many people have expressed concern that the proposal includes a commercial aspect, with four campsites with structures included as part of the plan, which would be run by a commercial operator. PV say that ‘walkers will still be able to camp in other locations along the track and complete the crossing for free if they don’t want to use the new overnight facilities’.
Community consultation was undertaken between 2016 and 2018 to create the Master Plan. Parks Victoria have just made two announcements about the project:
- That K2LD Architects have been appointed to create designs for the project.
- They have also released the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. PV say ‘This assessment is a detailed independent assessment of the visual impacts of the project on the landscape. In particular, it considers impacts of roofed accommodation’.
It has been announced that K2LD Architects will design the track upgrades and two campgrounds that will include ‘basic roofed accommodation’.
“The proposed accommodation spots include tent sites and a small number of unobtrusive, low-impact huts that blend in with the Alpine environment.”
Extra detail here at this PV media release.
The Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
The Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment is ‘a detailed independent assessment of the visual impacts of the project on the landscape. In particular, it considers impacts of roofed accommodation’.
‘This preliminary report has been completed to inform site planning and design of infrastructure for the implementation of the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing’.
The report concludes… “Importantly, the photomontages demonstrate that the magnitude of visibility of proposed structures at each of the four overnight node locations associated with the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing is very low. The photomontages demonstrate that whilst proposed structures may be visible, they will in all likelihood be barely perceptible given the visual scale of the landscape within which they sit, the small scale of the structures themselves and the use of building materials which adopt a recessive colour palette which complements (rather than contrasts) the surrounds.”
General background information can be found here.
Two documents from PV below.
Above: proposed route of the longer walk.