UPDATE: The Mount Buffalo Chalet Facebook page has responded to the $6.2 million funding announcement.
The most significant step towards the Mount Buffalo Chalet re-opening will take place on Thursday when the federal and Victorian governments confirm a $6.2 million funding boost towards the project.
The joint plan is one of 23 heritage projects across Australia to receive funding as part of a $33.4 million package of tourism infrastructure site upgrades.
The federal government is tipping in $3 million and the state government $3.2 million for the chalet which was built in 1910, but has been closed since 2007.
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Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley will officially announce the funding breakthrough..
"This work will again protect and restore this charming building, creating an estimated 15 new jobs and returning Mount Buffalo National Park to a year-round tourism destination," she said.
"The project will undertake conservation and associated works to protect and restore the chalet including repairing roof structures, weatherboards and windows.
"This really is an investment which will create jobs, helps Mount Buffalo's surrounding towns and communities and provides an added reason to visit one of the most astonishing places in our own back yard."
The federal cash is tied to the upcoming budget which has been delayed by COVID-19.
Ironically fires in the same area in 2006 led to the chalet's subsequent closure due to the loss of trade.
In 2018, Alpine Shire commissioned a study to investigate ways to reinvigorate the chalet and the Mount Buffalo region for tourism.