More snow, toilets and access for the low socio-economic class are just some of the ideas North East residents have for the Alpine snowfields.
The Victorian government is conducting a review of the Alpine Resorts Strategic Plan and conducted a workshop at Mount Beauty to hear some ideas.
While there was support for promoting summer as well as winter activities at Falls Creek and Mount Hotham, keeping the snow on the mountain as long as possible was a recurring theme.
Some of the short-term suggestions were to make the natural snow that falls last longer by cutting grass ski trails short before winter, improving drainage so melting snow does not wash over the trails and installing snow fencing to capture the snow on the trails.
A CSIRO-Bureau of Meteorology report has predicted a major drop in snow levels over the next 30 to 40 years due to climate change - attendees at the Mount Beauty meeting wanted that addressed.
Ideas ranged from using hydroelectricity, to nuclear power plants for snow making and operating lifts, to incentives for private investment into technology addressing climate change.
Support for private investment also extended to tourism initiatives.
"Don't always wait for government ... If each business thought of a proactive action towards growing the tourism offering, it could make a big difference," one idea from the workshop stated.
There was a desire not only just for initiatives during the snow season, but also for summer activities.
"Support is needed to trial new ideas, failure should be allowed," another idea stated.
"In seeking to provide a greater diversity of activities in alpine areas, it is critical to ensure they don't conflict with each other."
Further suggestions were to "avoid only developing for wealthy groups (and provide) access for lower cost activities" and have "public amenities in centre of resorts to cater for all rather than only commercial".
The Victorian government plans to finalise its strategic plan by June or July.
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