Last updated January 2018
Here is the link to the Invitation to this years End of Season Celebration Luncheon
Which is to be held at the LAGOON RESTAURANT, North Wollongong
On Sunday 12th November, 12.30 – 4.30pm.
The Board looks forward to welcoming you to the luncheon, and asks that you please return your completed acceptance slip to Karen Lyth as soon as is possible.
Here is a link to the latest info on upcoming Smiggins Bowl from our Club Captain Sue McEvoy
Season update from the SCSC Board - click here
With thanks again to Giselle Budd, click here for the August Club News Letter.
The Jindabyne Lake Lodge booking form for Summer 2018- 2018 is now available to download.
Dinner time at the Smiggins Lodge has now changed to 6.30pm.
Perisher X-Country (PXC), KAC and Wilderness Sports Perisher have
collaborated, with the support of SLOPES, to provide Experience Cross Country Skiing Fridays for “lodgeys” and other local residents - click here for further information.
The link to book lessons and equipment (if required) is:
Click here for the July Club News Letter.
The Annual General Meeting of Snow Country Ski Club will be held at the Georges River 16'Sailing Club, Sanoni Avenue, Dolls Point NSW on Saturday 27th May 2018, at 4.00pm
The Board looks forward to a good attendance of members, and we hope you can come.
Again with many thanks to Megan Brannon, we are pleased to be able to send you our First Newsletter for 2018.
Please remember that if you have any news item or photos you would like to share with all members of our club, just send them to Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in a future newsletter.
Our next Smiggins Lodge Workparty is scheduled for the weekend 6th and 7th May 2018
Participants will be staying at the Smiggins Lodge, and are able to take up accommodation on Friday 5th.
For more information, please call David Bartley on 0437 608 838
The 2018 Ski Season Booking forms are now available on the respective lodge web pages.
Please note that Bookings open 7 pm March 1 for Members and 7 pm April 3 for Members' Guests.
Update to JDP POLICY & EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FORM 2018 can be accessed here.
Link to the December 2016 Newsletter
Link to the Club’s Junior Development Program (JDP) Policy Document and Expressions of Interest FormMemberForms/NU SCSC Policy Application for JDP 2018 issue update.pdf for members desirous of enrolling their child/children into the program in the 2018 winter season.
Link to the October 2016 Newsletter
Link to the September 2016 Newsletter
The End of Ski Season Celebration - Lunch at the Lagoon Restaurant - North Wollongong.
Download the invitation here.
The booking form for the Summer 2016 - 2017 season at the Jindabyne Lodge is now available.
There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of Snow Country Ski Club, at Georges River 16’Sailing Club, Sanoni Avenue, Sandringham on Sunday 16th October at 3.00pm.
The notification for the upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting of Snow Country Ski Club can be downloaded here.
The EGM Proxy Nomination and Voting Form can be downloaded here.
July 2016 newsletter and President's Report for 2105 for downloading.
Link to the Third Newsletter for 2016.
Link to the President's Report for 2015
Link to Smiggins Lodge Building Review
SMIGGINS LODGE WORK PARTY – Next Weekend MAY 14 & 15
David Bartley indicates that he requires THREE additional strong male helpers to assist in getting the Oven back into our Smiggins Lodge next weekend.
The reinstallation of the oven is the prime task on this next ( and last ) workparty before the winter season, and even if you can only provide assistance for Saturday 14th May, then that would enable David to complete the heavy work to move the oven back into the lodge for physical gas fitting and electrical setup by tradesmen on the Sunday..
Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Snow Country Ski Club is to be held as follows:
When: Saturday 28 May 2016
Where: Georges River 16’Sailing Club, Sanoni Avenue,Sandringham NSW
Here are the links for the Second Newsletter for 2016.
and the link for the First Newsletter of 2016.
Booking forms for the 2016 Winter Season are now available for downloading.
SMIGGINS LODGE - WORK PARTY - Saturday / Sunday 20 / 21 February
Club Director David Bartley is co-ordinating the work for the weekend, and if you would like to help and to join a happy group of club friends while working to get our Lodge ready for the upcoming winter season, please inform David Bartley by email ( email@example.com ) of your desire to attend.
Here is the link for the Final Newsletter from 2015.
Again with 'Many, many thanks' to Meg Brannon, we are able to send you
Club News Letter Number 7 ( The final one for 2015 ).
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we wish you a a wonderful Christmas and
a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year.
Here is the link for the Building Report presented at 2015 AGM
Here is the link for the sixth Newsletter for 2015.
The Snow Country’s end of year Pre Christmas function which is being held at The Georges River 16’Sailing Club, Sanoni Avenue, Dolls Pointon Sunday 22nd November 2015.
We would love to see you and your family on the day, and would appreciate if you can advise Karen Lyth of your ability to attend by 6th Nov.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Snow Country Ski Club
David E Carr – Vice President
Download the invitation here.
Here is the link for the fifth Newsletter for 2015.
Snow Country - Club Branded Hoodies and T’Shirts.
As mentioned in this Newsletter, we have had club member assistance in being able to source these at good prices.
A sizing selection list and order form can be downloaded here and with a view of being able to have the merchandise available for you very soon (and definitely before the September Smiggins Bowl weekend ).
It is asked, that if you would like to place an order in this production run, that your order form be received by Karen Lyth, by latest Monday August 24th.
Bookings are now being taken for Jindabyne Lodge for the period of October 2015 through to the start of the 2016 Winter Ski Season.
Here is the link to the Booking Form.
Here is the link for the President’s Report for 2014
Here is the link for the Building Report presented at 2015 AGM
Here is the link for the third Newsletter for 2015.
2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given of the Snow Country Ski Club Annual General Meeting.
The date, start time and venue are as follows :
When: Saturday 23 May 2015
Where: St George Leagues Club, 124 Princes Highway, Kogarah.
All members are cordially invited to attend.
Correspondence, including apologies, may be mailed or emailed to the Secretary:
By Post: PO Box 664 West Ryde NSW 1685
Tea and coffee will be provided.
Again with much appreciation we thank Meg Brannon for her latest Newsletter, which is -linked here.
To everyone in Snow Country Ski Club and their families, the SCSC Board of Directors wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year and look forward to a great snow season in 2015.
Download the Annual End of Ski Season Luncheon Invitation
Click on the Newsletter # 6 to see the latest club Info.
Are you interested in membership to a vibrant snow sports club? Information on membership can be found here in the New Membership Pack
Aug 4 - Again with big thanks to Megan Brannon, we send you Club News Letter No 5, for 2014.
Newsletter No. 5
The Winter Season has been fantastic and we hope you have all been able to enjoy the snow and the comforts of either the Smiggins or Jindabyne Lodges.
June 14 - There are changes in the days and times that phone contact can be made with Karen Lyth, our Smiggins Lodge Booking Officer.
The new phone number is : 0438 880 491 and new times are now : TUESDAY thru FRIDAY 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Outside these hours, please leave a message…….
The SCSC AGM venue has changed to :
The George’s River 16’Sailing Club, Sanoni Street, Sandringham
( i.e. The same place where we have held our annual Pre-Christmas Luncheon function for the past 3 years )
The Date is still set for : Saturday 24th May 2014. The Time is set for : 4.00pm
At the conclusion of the AGM, our members are invited to stay for drinks and dinner ( at you own expense ) in either the Sailing Club’s Brasserie or A la Carte Dining Room.
Click here to download the invitation.
Club Member of the Year
Congratulations to Della Whitton who is our 2013 Club Member of the Year. Over the past four years, culminating in 2013, Della has been the driving force behind a better understanding of the Club’s financial position and the timeliness and accuracy of the Clubs reporting.
Congratulations Della and thanks for all of your hard work.
Jindabyne News - New Lodge Manager
We extend a warm welcome to Helen Waite who has been appointed as Jindabyne Lodge
manager and booking officer. Helen is a Jindabyne local, who lives with Darren her husband
and children, and starts in mid December.
As mentioned last newsletter, Helen takes over from Christine Hornig who has moved to
Canberra. We again thank Christine for her significant contribution to the running of the
Jindabyne Lodge and wish her all the best for her future in Canberra.
We also welcome back Gudrun and Juergen for another season at Smiggins in 2014.
Juergen advises that he is well on the road to recovery from his major leg injury incurred last
season - Ja, Ja, Ja !
As this year’s Snow Season is now over, it is time to consider joining us at our upcoming Pre-Christmas Luncheon function which is this year again being held at the Georges River 16’Sailing Club, Dolls Point, on Sunday 24th November ( 12 Noon to 5.00pm ).
Here is the link to the invitation. We would appreciate if you could provide your acceptances to Jill Ward, by Monday 4th November, so our booking numbers can be finalised with the Sailing Club in good time for the day.
2013 Smiggins Bowl - calling all COMPETITORS AND HELPERS !
Snow Country Ski Club is hosting the Smiggins Bowl races on the weekend of September 14 and 15.
This is a call out to all people staying in Smiggins and Jindabyne on the Bowl weekend to pitch in and help make the event a success, and reflect well on our Club as this year’s hosts. We will need people to assist in the coordination of the event as well as competing in the racing, so if you’re in the mountains, please ensure you get involved.
The contact person for the Smiggins Bowl is Jim Isabella on mobile number 0416 264969.
Some photos from Craig Pusell of their recent stay last August at Jindabyne.Thanks Chantel and Rodney Pusell for inviting Nina and Craig
"Thanks Chantel and Rodney Pusell for inviting Nina and Craig - Great fun with family and Lovely Thai Girlfriend Nina."
Click here to download the May Newsletter
or the June Newsletter.
Click here to see photos from the May 2013 Workparty.
Below are some photos of the work carried out at our Smiggins Lodge by the workparty crew.
Another view of the Foyer area.
More of the Bathrooms
Click on the link to view some more photos from the 2012 Smiggins Bowl
Smiggins Lodge Bed and Jindabyne Lodge Room vacancies for the 2013 Ski season are now available on the side menu links.
Latest photos from last weekend workparties at Smiggins & Jindabyne Lodges.
An easy way to remove the debris!
Gosh - Smiggins Bathrooms with a bit to do before the ski season starts. Sign up for a work party now!
Is this the lodge foyer entry where we once put our ski boots on?
Robyn Carr our seamstress repairing hems on the Top Unit Curtains at Jindabyne.
Sorry boys, I can't stay I have to paint - says David E.
Sebastian Marsden up the ladder.
February 2013 Newsletter - Click Here
Below, you can view the recent photos of work party progress on the Jindabyne Lodge.
These show the latest status of the new Units 9 and 10, Main Room, Kitchenette and Bathrooms, and they are looking good.
Photos courtesy of Andrew Waugh.
Photos of thre newly tiled and refurbished Lake Lodge Kitchen.
The SCSC Policy and Application Form for the 2013 Junior Development Program are now able to be downloaded. Please note that applications close March 15.
Christmas and New Year's time at the Lake Lodge - Jindabyne.
Club members Ian Woods and Laurie Ward playing Boccia on New Year's Eve.
The newly tiled and painted Laundry and Pantry at the Lake Lodge - Jindabyne.
Smiggins Holes June long weekend 2010
Cesia & George Holowinski
The AGM had previously been advertised as Saturday 17 April 2010. Due to extenuating circumstances we have needed to postpone the meeting to Thursday 27 May 2010. Details of the AGM together with the appropriate documentation will be sent to each member over the next week.
We apologise for the delay and any inconvenience it has caused.
Member Bookings at Smiggins Holes
Please note that the period of SCSC member bookings only at the Smiggins Holes lodge extends to 18 April 2010. After this date, bookings are also open to non-members. Members are encouraged to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
The final work party before the winter season has been rescheduled to 4 6 June 2010. Jobs to be done include cleaning, gardening and replacement of decking at Jindabyne. It would be great to have as many members as possible help out at this work party.
SCSC Member Richard Waller and his wife Clare are now the proud parents of a son who was born on 24th February 2010 at Figtree Private Hospital, Wollongong. He will be named Cooper James and is a little brother to Isabella Bridget who is now 6 years. Skiers of the future??
Robyne Waller (proud grandmother)
Junior Development Program 2010 Information Pack
Jindabyne and Smiggins Lodge booking form has been updated - Click in the relevant lodge links.
Smiggins Bowl Update. Great news - Snow Country Ski Club cleans up!
Snow Country won:
The Smiggins Bowl, The Smiggins Snowboarding Cup, The Bowl Slalom and Giant Slalom Shields, The Men's GS Shield, and The Smiggins Shield (overall combined).
Well done to all those who competed and and thanks to those who helped out on the day.
Welcome to our new Jindabyne Lodge Management Team
The Club would like to extend a warm welcome to Christine Hornig, our new Lake Lodge Manager at Jindabyne. Christine is an avid skier, who has lived in the local area for a number of years. Members will benefit from her love and knowledge of Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountain region. Christine can be contacted during day-time hours on 0424 736 679.
Christine is joined in managing the Jindabyne Lodge by Sebastian Marsden, who has volunteered to provide overnight live-in Lodge supervision during the snow season. A Club member since childhood, Sebastian is known to many members for his skiing prowess and his keen sense of humour. Phone him on 0417 497 952 for any after hours Lodge matters.
The Club would also like to say a fond farewell to Gerry Kerr, the retiring Jindabyne Lodge Manager. We would like to thank her for her enthusiasm and management of the Jindabyne Lodge over the past five years and wish her well in her new endeavors.
Photos of the Smiggins Lodge on the June 2009 long weekend.
Last Updated - Feb 22, 2010
We are pleased to advise that at this stage, the building works are on track to finish by the end of next week (29 May) at both lodges.
Next weekend, 29 31 May, we will be holding a working bee at both lodges. If you think you could make it, please contact Gavin Boyd on 0431 496 721 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June Long weekend
The Board has decided to offer a 25% booking discount on all bookings at the Jindabyne Lodge over the June Long weekend. Being the first weekend of the season, lots of activity is planned in the mountains including The Snowy Mountains of Music Festival.
A regular email update outlining the activities of the Snow Country Ski Club Co-operative Ltd - SCSC News, that replaces the existing newsletter that has faithfully been produced over the last few years, has been emailed to members who previously supplied email addresses. This email will be posted to those members who do not have access to email. If wish to obtain SCSC News by email in the future
JUNIOR TRAINING PROGRAM
An application and policy document for the Junior Training Program can be downloaded for all those who are interested. Applications close 27 February 2009.
The Jindabyne Lodge was awash with members and guests during the Christmas / New Year week.
Activities, including, bush walking, trout fishing, golf, cycling and just relaxing were thoroughly enjoyed.
The weather was magic: not too hot, not too cold. Flies and bitey creatures were few and far between.
Many thanks to Jill and Laurie Ward for their excellent work over 2008 on the gardens at the Jindabyne lodge.
The rockeries are weed-free and the new plantings are coming along nicely.
SHOULD YOU WISH TO RECEIVE REGULAR XC GROOMING REPORTS, SEND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO:
Provided by Bert Sheridan
Snow Country competed in the 37th anniversary year KAC Cross Country Classic on August 13, 2008.
The 11 member team, consisting of seasoned competitors with a sprinkling of unknown talents, were Phil Bookalil, Adele Fraser, George & Cesia Holowinski, Julie Larcombe, Maxine Morphett, Theresa Ockenden, Warren Stoyles, Deb & Barry Whitton & Ian Woods.
NEWS FLASH 1
Ex-president, George Holowinski and his wife Cesia are thrilled to let everyone know that they are proud first time grandparents to a healthy baby boy, Alexander Edward to their son Justin and daughter in law Dalya. Born on Wednesday 13th August at 2.56pm.
This is union of two lodges - Snow Country Ski Club and Illawarra Alpine Club.
NEW FLASH 2
More news from the Holowinski clan. An engagement on 1/8/08 on The Telemark lift of Julie and Kenny. Adele Fraser is expecting her first child on Christmas Eve and this will be our second grandchild this year. Adele and her husband Shannon are now living in Japan. We now have a perfect excuse to try skiing in Japan.
Workparty May 31-June 1, 2008
A HUGE thank you to the following people for their efforts on the last work party for the year. With many jobs having been completed throughout the first few months of this year there was a lot of cleaning up to do to get the lodge ready for the season.
Ferro Fabbri for his expertise in finishing off a BIG painting job which now looks FANTASTIC!
Dianne and Bill Elliott for their efforts in getting the lodge looking spick and span in the cleaning department as well as Gavin Boyd who got the bathrooms sparkling, particularly the ladies after a major overhaul.
Carl Bradwell and Steve Matthews for their signage, cleaning and electrical prowess.
A very big thank you to our new managers Jade and Marcus for their assistance in not only cleaning but assisting with food preparation for the group. Your assistance was much appreciated!!!!
We are very sorry to say that Morris Dalla Costa had to be retrieved from Williamsdale by his wife and a tow truck after hitting a kangaroo on the way to the lodge on Saturday morning.We hope you and your car are okay Morris. Thanks for intending to assist. We will catch up up on a work party again next season.
A final thank you to everyone who has taken the time throughout the summer months to assist on work parties. Without you the club would find it very difficult to keep in the condition that it is.
Hope there is plenty of snow! Have a great season!
Snow Country Ski Club welcomes the Smiggins' Lodge Managers -
Jade Rawlinson & Marcus Sullivan for the 2008 Ski season.
th enable discounts off lift tickets and other benefits to Skiers & Boarders.
Congratulations to Bob Smith, 2007 Club Member of the Year.
Bob Smith receives the Horrie Pring & Ray Marchant - Founders' Trophy, for the Club Member of the Year. The trophy was presented by Steve Matthews at the AGM.
AGM Special Offer - Smiggins Lodge room special for the first two weeks of the season. Commencing Friday 6 June (long weekend) to last night Sunday 22 June. Available from first in basis at the AGM.
Members $150 per room night.
Non members $300 per room per night.
Come along to the AGM and save on June accommodation!
The 2008 Annual Subscription and Annual Administration Contribution Form was mailed to all members January 1, 2008. Payment is due before April 5, 2008. If you have any queries please contact the honorary secretary at email@example.com.
BACK TO PERISHER APRIL 12-19TH 2008
THE FIRST WEEK OF THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IS APRIL 12-19TH IN 2008
All of us who have been to Perisher in Summer or Autumn have loved it, but it is often lonely. We have 1600 Club Beds in Perisher and we hope to achieve at least 1000 visitors enjoying themselves at the same time and saying G’day.
Activities will include:
1). A 6.2km Fun Run from Perisher Gap to Charlottes. The run will start at the top of the hill near Eyres Tee Bar, so the run does NOT include the heartbreak hill. Charlottes Chalet will be open for the runners to revive. Paramedics will be there. Water stations on the way. Buses to return the runners to Perisher. IT IS SHORT ENOUGH TO WALK IT. For those who bring bikes, a bike fun run from Spencers gap to Charlottes and return.
2). Catch a Ski tube ride to Blue Cow from Perisher and walk down the road , or over the top where you usually ski.
3). Organize a car driver swap, half go to Thredbo, half to Rawsons, and then walk TO THE SUMMIT over the top 13 ½ km,( or including the summit 15 ½ km) from Thredbo to Rawsons or vice versa. Down or up the Thredbo Chair lift. Australia's highest and most expensive toilet has been installed near the summit!!
4). The Porcupine walk, and the old cattle stockade.
5). Walks at Guthega to Illawong , 1 hr each way or longer. Guthega Hotel will be open.
6). Inter Club Tug of war!!! Fire Brigade demonstration.
7). The Basil bar will open in Perisher as a watering hole for everyone to get together for a beer. Milk, papers and bread and coffee will be available at Gingers in the Ski Tube building.
8). Clubs will be paired, and each Club should have the other club over for a drink during the week so as to see how the other half live.
9). Visit Rainbow 2km Walk at Dainers gap and see the original wooden water pipes used in the 1800’s.
10). Take a day and drive to Cabramurra or other parts of the Snowy scheme.
11). All insurances supplied by Snowline Insurance gratis.
Click to contact Steve Matthews by email and register your interest.
If enough interest is received within a couple of weeks, the board will consider how we can get this up and running.
2007 Junior race clinic members (L-R) Nathan Schwartz, Michael Koerner, Tom Koerner & Oliver Smith.
Combined Illawarra Ski Clubs End of Season Party
Steelmakers Alpine Club Would like to invite you to Combined Illawarra Ski Clubs End of Season Party
When: 27th October 2007
From: 7.00pm to midnight
Where: Portofino Function Centre 26 Atchison St. Wollongong
Cost: $65.00 per person includes a 3 course meal with beer, wine and soft drinks for 5 hours
Entertainment by Graham Wilson from the Four Kinsmen
Dress neat casual
Contact: Lesley Matthews
Interclub Race Days
Snow Country are the organisers of this years Senior & Junior Interclub race days. We urgently need both competitors and helpers as follows:
Members aged 16+ to compete in the Senior Interclubs on the 18th of August in any or all of Alpine ski GS, Snowboard and Cross Country events.
Junior members up to and including turning 16 years of age this year to compete in the Junior Interclubs on the 1st of September in any or all of Alpine ski GS, Snowboard and Cross Country events.
Helpers to assist Bob Smith in the organising of the events on either or both of the days - can be either non-competitors or competitors, no experience is necessary.
Work Party News
The June workparty was another great success with Stephen and Lesley Matthews, George Holowinski, Gill Adrian, Marty and Gary O'Sullivan, Bill and Diane Elliott, Coletta Hobbs and prospective new member Mark Scott and friend Loren attending. Also, working in Jindabyne were John and Joan Reid who joined up for dinner on Saturday night.
Everyone worked well and enjoyed the weekend. .
A big thanks to the following people who attended the May work party:
David Bartley, Meg Bartley (15), Kate Bartley (15), David Grace, Lennea Grace, Caleb Grace (7), Eric Nordstrom, Gwyn Nordstrom, Colin Ramsey, Callum Ramsey (11), Will Ramsey (7), Steve Matthews, Peter Rodda, Jeff Pring & Pam Pring.
Much very necessary work was carried out and an enjoyable time was had by all.
The Snow Country AGM will be held on Saturday April 14, 2007 at the Engadine RSL and Citizens Club Ltd - 1029 Princes Highway - Engadine. Further information will be advised closer to the meeting.
Snow Nite - The annual dinner dance ,beginning with pre-dinner drinks and canapes followed by a three course sit-down dinner is to be held on Saturday April 28, 2007.
International Day of Action on Climate Change - November 4, 2006
WALK AGAINST WARMING
In your major city
Ensure your Australian skiing future by getting a message to the Australian Government that they must act NOW to combat climate change
The annual Perisher Clean-up Day will be held on Wednesday 15th November. Perisher Blue staff will commence at 07.30am and NPWS will start at 9.00am at the Perisher Ranger Station. Garbage bags will be provided as will a BBQ lunch (approximately 12.30pm).
There will be another opportunity for people wishing to participate in cleaning up sections of Kosciuszko National Park during the Clean-up Australia Day on Sunday 4th March 2007.
Interested persons should contact Dave Woods on 64505616 or 0418689250 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Combined Illawarra Ski Clubs Sydney Harbour Cruise:- October 28, 2006 .
Sawpit Creek Parking:- NPWS has confirmed that parking will definitely be available at Sawpit Creek for people staying at Smiggins. A new access road to the car park has been created a little way above Sawpit (near the Education Center). Total parking capacity is slightly less than before - some spaces are gone from the upper level, but the lower level is
Ad hoc shuttle arrangements through Sawpit Mick ( Mike Taylor -Tel 6456 2321 or 0412 045 894, booking required) and others will carry on as before, but the NPWS hope that a regular service may be viable down the
SLOPES:- Background on NSW Government's proposal to change lease conditions for Perisher and Smiggins' lodges.
NEWS FLASH - The board is going to give Non members the opportunity to stay at the Smiggins Lodge and enjoy all the benefits of staying on the snow at MEMBERS RATES.
This will be for the dates commencing Friday 16th June to Thursday 23rd June 2006 The rate will $45.00 per bed per night.
The usual booking rules will apply i.e. min 2 nights booking is required.
Skiers to pay for alpine upgrade
Rosslyn Bee Canberra Times 5 Nov 2005. A massive $250million environmental program and overhaul of Kosciuszko National Park's tourism facilities will be partly funded by a hefty increase in visitor fees to the park's ski fields.
The NSW Government announces plans today for the alpine overhaul, paid for from an $11 increase in park entry fees during winter, a $105 increase in the price of an annual pass to the national park, and a developer levy on new ski-resort beds.
ACT ski enthusiasts can expect to pay more to visit Kosciuszko in winter, but residents across the border in Queanbeyan and Bungendore will be exempt from the increased winter entry fees.
Leading alpine ecologist Roger Good praised the Government's announcement as "a long-awaited recognition that more funds need to be poured into the park to successfully manage it".
The park upgrade is the biggest project of its kind ever announced in NSW, and will roll out next year with a $12million improvement program.
This will include upgrades to walking tracks, camping areas, lookouts, horse camps and the Yarrangobilly Caves. Nine historic huts destroyed during the 2003 bushfires will be rebuilt.
The new visitor charges will increase winter entry fees to Kosciuszko from $16 to $22 in 2006, plus a further increase to $27 in 2007.
The winter charges will apply from June to the October long weekend. There will be no rise in summer entry fees.
The cost of an annual pass to enter Kosciuszko will rise from $85 to $145 in 2006 and then to $190 in 2007.
ACT residents will pay the winter surcharge, but local NSW residents including those from Queanbeyan, Jerrabomberra, Yass and Bungendore will be exempt.
The Kosciuszko ski fields are a favoured winter destination for Canberrans and the city is promoted by ACT business and tourism organisations as a gateway to the alpine resorts.
But NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus says the state's taxpayers should not be expected to subsidise the ski industry.
He said the winter surcharge on park entry would bring the cost of entering NSW ski fields in line with Victoria's.
Today's announcement follows an investigation by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal into the cost to NSW taxpayers of funding essential infrastructure such as roads, sewerage, water and waste disposal for the Perisher Range ski resorts.
"After careful consideration of IPART's report, the NSW Government has determined that NSW taxpayers should no longer be asked to subsidise commercial operations in the ski field," he said.
The Government will invest $250million in park improvements over the next 30 years, including $32million from the Snowy Hydro Authority to rehabilitate about 400 environmentally degraded sites within the park that were damaged during the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity Scheme in the 1950s.
Essential infrastructure such as roads, water, sewerage and waste management at the Perisher Valley, Guthega, Smiggin Holes and Mt Blue Cow ski resorts will also be overhauled.
The Government also has announced 520 new beds for smaller resorts and lodges in the Perisher Range.
Other improvements will include measures to reduce traffic congestion at the entry to the park in winter and "a major program to rehabilitate the rooftop of Australia" with alpine revegetation schemes.
Mr Debus said the NSW Government already spent $15million a year managing Kosciuszko, and the rise in fees would lift the taxpayer burden of funding essential sewerage, water, waste and road infrastructure for the Perisher Range resorts by $159million over the next 30 years.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife chief Tony Fleming said the increased fees would also fund control of foxes and feral cats, rehabilitation of alpine ecosystems, roadkill mitigation and enhanced protection of the endangered mountain pygmy possum.
"It is a big spend, a huge spend, and it will allow for a focused effort within the park over a significant period of time," he said.
Call for Kosciuszko park fee spending to be identified
Graham Downie Canberra Times 17th Jan 2006
With the annual entry fee to the Kosciuszko National Park more than doubling to $190 by next year, NSW Labor Member for Monaro Steve Whan is seeking annual statements on how the winter surcharge is spent.
Having successfully argued for most people in his electorate to be exempt from the winter surcharge, Mr Whan has asked NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus to provide annual statements on how the money is spent.
Mr Whan said he believed Mr Debus had agreed. "I am waiting to get this in writing."
He had had reservations about the surcharge and had worked hard to ensure locals were exempted.
"But I also recognise that a big investment is needed in our park."
The financial statement should include the amount collected and how the funds were spent.
A spokesman for Mr Debus said the minister was happy to comply with Mr Whan's suggestion. "In any case, it would be recorded through the National Parks and Wildlife Service's annual report."
The surcharge had not been applied outside the snow season because of concern tourists would go elsewhere. "The summer tourism market is a lot more price-sensitive."