Mt Buffalo Skyways

Survey Results & Community Feed Back

Press Release 22/3/2010 

4,000 people have their say on skyways

 

This week the Mount Buffalo Skyways Task Force passed a significant milestone - having consulted with more than 4,000 people about the project.

This includes 3,500 national and international visitors as well as 500 local residents of the Alpine Shire. The consultation was carried out through meetings with community groups, interested individuals, an on-line survey on www.mtbuffaloskyways.com.au and by sending out electronic newsletters to a database of previous visitors to the region.

Chair of the Task Force, Sabine Helsper, announced the results of the preliminary assessment of responses from visitors and residents.

She said 64% or 137 out of 214 respondents had supported the idea of a gondola or cable car to the top of Mount Buffalo. Another 57 or 27% had opposed the idea, and 20 or 9% had said they were unsure.

"We are delighted at the way both the community and visitors have participated in the survey, and we expect to receive many more responses as the consultation program continues over the next two months," she said.

The top five reasons given by tourists for supporting the concept, in order of response numbers were:-
 
 Growth in the number of tourists to the region
 Revitalisation and reopening of the Chalet
 Easier access to the top of Mount Buffalo and its plateau
 Growth of local employment and investment
 The success of other gondolas and cable cars around Australia and internationally
 

The top five reasons given by tourists opposing the concept, in order of response numbers were:-
 
 Defacement of Mount Buffalo with visual scars
 Environmental impacts of various kinds
 Lack of project viability and creation of a white elephant
 Preservation of parks for their natural beauty, not tourism activities
 Waste of money, including Shire funds
 

Ms Helsper said respondents who were unsure were mostly seeking further information, particularly on issues relating to potential defacement of the cliff and rock faces. Others said the project might be too ambitious and had too little gain.

"One trend was very noticeable. Residents of the region were more strongly in favour of the project than those living outside the region, " she said.

"At public meetings of community organizations like Bright and District Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Probus and Lions, there has been outspoken support for the project, and many of the questions asked have related to viability, timing and cost. We do not know the answers to these questions at the moment because this will depend upon an initial feasibility study which we are attempting to arrange. When the full survey and consultation results are complete we shall announce them to those who have participated, and also to various Government Ministers, bodies and departments."

Survey Results to 19th of March 2010 (final survey results will be posted by the end of June 2010

 

 

RESPONSE SOURCE

NUMBER SENT SURVEY FORM

Survey Monkey/Website

3,500

Community Meetings

500

TOTAL

4,000

 

 

RESPONSE SOURCE

TOTAL

YES

NO

UNSURE

Survey Monkey/Website

157

87

54

16

Community Meetings

57

50

3

4

TOTAL

214

137

57

20

NOTE: The below and then following table(s) will be updated shortly to incorporate qualitative comments from community group meetings.

 

SUMMARY OF REASONS GIVEN FOR “YES” IN SUPPORT OF THE IDEA

NUMBER OF RESPONSES

Growth in the number of tourists to the region

23

Revitalisation & reopening of the Chalet

14

Easier access to the top of Mt. Buffalo & its plateau

12

Growth of local employment & investment

10

Success of other gondolas & cable cars around Australia & internationally

8

Will build a showcase icon for the region

7

Will revive the mountain & stop it from dying

6

Will provide power for the mountain

3

Will provide beautiful views

2

Will not cause environmental damage

2

Will create an international destination

1

Provides a different experience for locals and visitors

1

 

SUMMARY OF REASONS GIVEN FOR “NO” IN OPPOSITION TO THE IDEA

NUMBER OF RESPONSES

Defacement of Mt. Buffalo with visual scars

13

Environmental impacts of various kinds

10

Lack of project viability & creation of a “White Elephant”

9

Preservation of parks for their natural beauty, not tourism activities

8

Waste of money, including Shire funds

4

Spend on the Chalet only

2

Project will not build prosperity

2

There’s nothing for people to do, and few experiences

2

Protests will stop it

1

Project is unpractical for delivery of power

1

Money will go overseas instead of staying locally

1

Will cause a fall in land values

1

We don’t need tourists, there are enough already

1

 

 

REASONS GIVEN FOR BEING “UNSURE” ABOUT THE IDEA

NUMBER OF RESPONSES

Fear defacement of Mt. Buffalo and need assurances

3

It must be linked with Chalet redevelopment, will this occur 1

1

Too much investment and hard work for too little gain

1

Not enough information available to make an informed judgement, push Bright Framework Project instead

1

Project is simply too ambitious, can it be scaled down

1

Is power really going to be available, no proven answer

1

  

 

 

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