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Alpine Resorts Victoria

On 22 March 2021, the Victorian Government announced the establishment of Alpine Resorts Victoria, a new champion for Victoria’s $1.1 billion alpine economy, ensuring a sustainable future for the state’s alpine resorts.

Alpine Resorts Victoria commenced operating on Saturday 1 October, 2022.

Alpine Resorts Victoria  is the result of Government reforms to make Alpine Boards more efficient. Created by merging Victoria’s four alpine resort management boards, Alpine Resorts Victoria will govern Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller, Mt Stirling, Lake Mountain and Mt Baw Baw resorts.

The alpine sector is an important contributor to regional economies. In winter alone, these resorts collectively contribute nearly $1.1 billion to the Victorian economy, attracting one million visitors and sustaining nearly ten thousand jobs.

Existing leases with Alpine Resort Management Boards will be transferred to the new Alpine Resorts Victoria with no changes to their terms and conditions. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will take on the strategic policy functions of the former Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council.

This change follows consultation with a range of stakeholders, including industry, local government and the resort management boards. There is broad support for the creation of a single entity to ensure long term sustainability of the alpine industry and tourism while making sure the resorts are operating in a financially sustainable way.

A stakeholder reference group will also be established to ensure key interests including industry representatives, Traditional Owners and local government have input in the transition to the new body.

Importantly, Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians will also be represented on the new Alpine Resorts Victoria board to ensure management decisions consider their significant local knowledge and enduring connection to Country.

Alpine Resorts Victoria CEO and Board

ARV Board

On 10 August 2022, the Minister for Environment and Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio announced the membership of the inaugural Alpine Resorts Victoria Board.

The Alpine Resorts Victoria board will manage all six alpine resorts at Falls Creek, Mount Baw Baw, Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Mount Stirling and Lake Mountain, replacing four alpine resort management boards and the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council.

The board will be chaired by Ali Wastie who is currently Chief Executive Officer of Bass Coast Shire Council and is also a board member of South Gippsland Hospital, Destination Phillip Island, Destination Gippsland and Bass Coast Country University.

The board also includes Deputy Chair Helen Moran who is a member of three alpine resort management boards and has extensive experience in the Victorian alpine industry and tourism, joined by Julia Hunter and Michael Monester who are members of existing alpine boards.

New board members include Natalie Ajay who is currently Director, Communications and Engagement at GOTAFE and is a non-executive director of Murray Regional Tourism Board and a member of IndiGrow.

Daniel Miller is a Yuin man, a First Nations group from the south coast of NSW who is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.

Kaley Nicholson is a Taungurung woman and co-founder and Director of Yilam Pty Ltd, a company that offers on Country experiences, and Chair of the Taungurung Land and Waters Council.

Nadia Jaworski is a Partner on Infrastructure matters at PwC, and Peter Anderson is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Transport Association and the Victorian Waste Management Association.

The board appointments will commence 1 October 2022.


On 9 September Minister for Environment and Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio announced that Amber Gardner has been appointed as the organisation’s inaugural Chief Executive Officer. Ms Gardner will commence in the role on 1 October 2022.

Ms Gardner is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board and has spent the last 16 years of her career in leadership roles within Victoria’s alpine and tourism sector. Prior to her current role at Mount Hotham, Ms Gardner was Chief Executive Officer of Tourism North East and she was previously the Director of Marketing, Sales and Business Development at the Mount Buller and Mount Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board.

Ms Gardner is currently Chair of the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership and a member of the Regional Development Advisory Committee and Victoria’s Economic Restart & Recovery Committee. She is a Director of Outdoors Victoria and of Tourism North East.

As the inaugural Chief Executive Officer, Ms Gardner will be instrumental in realising the benefits of this reform, bringing a strategic and coordinated approach to planning for the future and responding to the impacts of climate change, supporting the growth and diversification of Victoria’s alpine tourism sector.

Deloitte ARV Governance Reform - Summary Report

Deloitte was engaged by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to identify, assess and propose a potential operating  and funding model for the new statutory entity, Alpine Resorts Victoria (ARV) and its Board to adopt; and develop a proposed transition plan to transition existing arrangements under the ARMBs to the new entity (ARV).

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