good start to the season / earthquake in June / first split board festival in the Snowies / backcountry film festival comes to the high country / logging struggle in Central Highlands continues through winter rain / resort season extended

MAY 2011

Traditional owners complete a major on-ground survey of an ancient Aboriginal pathway which stretches 300km from Mt Kosciuszko to Fisheries Beach, near Eden / good snowfalls across the Alps / Perisher opens early for skiing / Alpine Resorts Sustainability Forum held in Jindabyne / major fuel reduction burns across the South East /


Wettest spring in almost 20 years / devastating impacts on many crops / flooding across the North East of Vic / biomass power plant planned for New South Wales far south coast / seven North East VIC councils receive $500,000 to subsidise solar panel installations for residents / township fire protection plans adopted for Bright, Harrietville, Porepunkah / State Environment Department defends its actions after 2008 sewage spill in Perisher Creek / Wind farms on agenda in Monaro Plains

Good dusting of snow to start the season. Proposed mega development of Hotham  village crashes ‘because of GFC’. Accessibility a major issue at Alps Resorts review consultations in Victoria. Protect our Winters launches in Australia. Nine plant species ‘discovered’ in Snowy Mountains rainforest. Staff cuts at NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service after ‘structural reshape’.


Campaign to protect Mt Stirling in the Alpine National Park launched. Alpine resorts sustainability forum held at Mt Buller. Traditional owners gather in Jindabyne. ‘Year round activity’ to be one of the goals of new alpine resort management authority in Victoria. More snow across the Alps as fronts wheel in! Mt Buller has spent more than $1 million on it’s snowmaking & grooming fleet while Perisher extends snow making system, & Thredbo is finishing a $6m snow making upgrade. More skidoos in the backcountry as Falls Creek blows its green credentials on ‘guided backcountry tours’. New air service between Sydney and the Snowy Mountains announced.

APRIL 2010

Burn off season in full swing. Huge Easter crowds in the mountains. Early snow covers the Alps. The Australian Alps tourism strategy released. Ongoing debate about Mt Buffalo ‘skyway’. Alpine Resorts Sustainability Forum on next month at Buller. Controversial Woolworths store to open in Bright. Lake Mountain Bushfire Recovery Challenge in May. ‘People’s picnic’ to mark chalet 100th at Buffalo. Snowy Mountains one of the healthiest places to live in Australia.