Mount Hotham

Our Environment

The Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board manages the rare and valuable biodiversity, ecological and catchment values of the Resort.

Environmental Management Guidelines for Construction Sites

These guidelines are an initiative of the MHARMB and aim to promote a preventative rather than reactive approach to project planning and implementation. With the MHARMB working closely with stakeholders, builders and developers to ensure that the site, spoil, drainage and revegetation are managed in accordance with best practice environmental management principles.

The guidelines are intended to provide an outline of the key factors that need to be considered to ensure successful site management and rehabilitation.

The Objective is to understand and work with the alpine environment so that soil disturbance is minimal and site rehabilitation is both achievable and sustainable.

Click the link below to download a copy of the guidelines.

Environmental Management Guidelines for Construction Sites

Environmental Management Plan

The natural environment is complex and dynamic; alpine areas have high conservation and biodiversity value within the Australian landscape. The function of the Alpine Resort Management Boards is outlined within the Alpine Resorts (Management) Act 1997 to make provision for the development, promotion, management and use of the resorts in a sustainable basis and in a manner that is compatible with the alpine environment for the use of the resorts primarily for alpine recreation and tourism and in all seasons of the year".

To achieve the object of the Act, the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board (MHARMB) began implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) in late 2014. An Environmental Policy and a Statement of the Environment (SoE) Report was developed using readily available operational data and existing knowledge of environmental values within the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort. A review of the Boards Risk Management Policy in June 2015 saw many aspects of operations with regard to environmental impacts incorporated or revised.

The diverse functions of the MHARMB as well as the nature of the sensitive alpine environment mean many aspects of operations impact on a variety of environmental values. This EMP follows on from the SoE and broadly classifies five themes of environmental values being:

  • Production, Waste and Consumption
  • Atmosphere
  • Land Management
  • Biodiversity and Threatened Species
  • Water

Each theme identifies aspects of MHARMB operations as well as impacts that can be associated with each. Many operational aspects are relevant to several themes; targets and actions have been allocated to the most relevant. It is anticipated the SoE and EMP will be reviewed and updated every 3 years to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the EMS. The Environmental Management Plan (EMP) outlines the goals and actions; including responsible person/s and timelines where appropriate, to achieve the aim defined in the Environmental Policy.

Statement of the Environment Report 2015

Environmental Management Plan 2015

Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines, Offsets & Native Vegetation Removal

The Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board is responsible for several offset sites within the resort. If you're planning a development that requires removal and offset of native vegetation within the resort and would like assistance please contact the Board to discuss.

In Victoria, a permit is required to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation. The removal of native vegetation is primarily regulated by the Victoria Planning Provisions. These regulations are known as the native vegetation permitted clearing regulations. The Permitted clearing of native vegetation Biodiversity assessment guidelines (the Guidelines) are an incorporated document within all Victorian Planning Schemes and outline how impacts on Victoria's biodiversity are assessed when an application to remove native vegetation is lodged. The Guidelines are applied alongside other requirements of the planning scheme when an application for a permit to remove native vegetation is considered by the responsible authority. A permit to remove native vegetation does not replace any requirements under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. If a permit to remove native vegetation is granted, an offset which makes an equivalent contribution to Victoria's biodiversity will be required. Offset requirements are determined in accordance with the Guidelines.

The establishment of arrangements to assist the securing of offsets for development in alpine areas continues to be the subject of ongoing discussions between the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Resort Management Boards. Due to the highly localised occurrence of many native species in alpine resorts a range of options is being explored to enable species specific offsets to be secured. A review of the Native Vegetation Permitted Clearing Regulations was announced earlier this year. The Board has participated in targeted consultations as part of the review. A consultation paper summarising issues and proposing solutions is expected to be released for public comment in late 2015.

Bushfire Vegetation Removal - Amendment VC83 introduced clause 52.48 into the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes on 18 November, 2011. Clause 52.48 allows the removal, destruction or lopping of vegetation to reduce the fuel load around existing buildings used for accommodation without requiring a planning permit. These permit exemptions only apply to buildings existing or approved before 10 September 2009.

Approval for vegetation removal in the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort which is Crown land must be obtained from the public land manager which is the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board (‘Board’).

The information provided in this form will be used by the Board to assist in the assessment of your application. To assist us in understanding your application all information indicated should be provided as far as is practical.

All applications for vegetation removal need to be submitted to the MHARMB

E/ property@mthotham.com.au

Native Vegetation Removal Form

Site Environmental Management Plans (SEMP)

Site Environmental Management Plans (SEMP) and Environmental Management Guidelines

A key part of the planning process is the preparation of a Site Environment Management Plan (SEMP) for all developments within the Resort. The SEMP must be submitted with all planning permit applications and should document the potential environmental impacts of a proposed use and/or development and detail the appropriate management processes for use during construction and rehabilitation of the site. A template for developing a SEMP is included in the Alpine Planning Information Kit. The Resort Management Board has also developed specific Environmental Management Guidelines for construction within the Resort. The guidelines outline the key factors required for successful site management and rehabilitation.

Site Environmental Management Plans (SEMP) Information Sheet

Waste Management

The Board works in partnership with NevRwaste and the community to actively promote and reduce solid waste within the resort and implement best practice management techniques. An active recycling program has seen the amount of collected compacted recyclables double between 2002 and 2010. The Board collects waste and recycling throughout the resort. Several recycling programs help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill at Cobungra. When disposing of your rubbish please follow the following guidelines:

  • The Board provides black and clear rubbish bags for waste. General waste is disposed of into black plastic bags and recyclables into clear plastic bags.
    Please contact the RMB office on 03 5759 3550 if you require a supply of bags.
  • Bags must be double knotted, cardboard flat and tied and disposed of in designated garbage hutchs within the village.
  • Please think of OH&S and DO NOT make bags to heavy for our garbage collection staff to lift.
  • Please Note: paint cans, building materials, whitegoods and furniture cannot be collected. You will need to arrange transportation of such waste to suitable tip sites at Omeo or Bright.

The Living Bin' Recycling Food Waste Program

Mount Hotham offers organics recycling across the resort. 50% of waste from the resort is food waste. Organics in landfill rot and release harmful methane gases contributing to climate change. Lodges, Commercial operators and other stakeholders throughout the resort can recycled food waste to a processing facility in Wodonga that recycles the waste into rich organic compost. Food waste that can be recycled can be anything deemed once alive for example left overs, cooked or uncooked foods, shells, peels, paper plates and coffee grinds. For more information on the program visit the NevRwaste website.

Litter and 'Butt Bin' Programs

The Board has an ongoing commitment to protect the alpine environment and the catchment areas fed by melting snows. Staff conduct a regular roadside litter collection during the winter months and distributing free personal butt bins' to encourage responsible disposal of cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are a substantial threat to our pristine natural environment and quality of our waterways. While public rubbish, recycling and cigarette butt bins generate considerable litter, significant amounts are still collected from car parks and roadside areas. If you are visiting our resort please remember to dispose of your litter responsibly. Bins are located at the top of most chairlifts and throughout the village.