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Published on : Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Mt Stirling will be home to Australia’s first alpine hub, wholly powered year-round by renewable energy. The completed project was opened last month by Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green who was joined by representatives of local businesses and the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board.
“Visitors and locals alike are set to benefit from this innovative development that supports the growing Alpine tourism industry while also protecting the environment,” Green said.
He added, “Mt Stirling is a vital attraction within Victoria’s internationally popular High Country region – the Labor Government is pleased to support this project making the region a better place to live, work and visit.”
The Visitor Hub is now powered by a contemporary micro-hydroelectricity system designed to have minimal impact on the environment. It has replaced a large diesel generator, which was at odds with the natural environment.
It has delivered new community shelters and information boards at Howqua Gap and the Machinery Shed, new public toilets at the Machinery Shed, and an all-weather access track from King Saddle to the Machinery Shed.
Importantly, the project supported 14 jobs during construction and is expected to create additional jobs within coming years.
An estimated 200,000 AWD and 4WD vehicles pass Telephone Box Junction on the way to the high country each year, many of which pass through without stopping. The updated features at the Visitor Hub will encourage people to stop and learn about what the region has to offer.