Alpine Crossing Trail-head shelter is opened for walkers

HIGH POINT: Among those present for the official opening of the Alpine Crossing Trail-head shelter and sculputre were (from left, back row) Deborah Spring (Mount Hotham Resort Management Board chairperson), Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley), Craig Hore (Parks Victoria), Jade Miles (Tourism North East); (front row) Andrew Swift (MHRMB cultural heritage officer) and Derek Follett (MHRMB track and trail member).

THE new Alpine Crossing Trail-head shelter, which will provide greater benefits for bushwalkers in the Mt Hotham area, was officially opened last week.

Tim McCurdy (MLA Murray Valley) and candidate for the Ovens Valley was on hand to thank those that had contributed to the construction of the shelter and a sculpture which overlooks Mt Feathertop and the Razorback Spur.

The two structures are representative of a gold-mining stamp battery and shed reflecting the influence of gold mining in the region – seven stamp batteries previously operated nearby – while the metal work of the sculpture highlights the forces of bushfire that have impacted the area in the past.

The shelter and sculpture are located adjacent to Loch Reservoir, the most elevated point on the Great Alpine Road.

Mr McCurdy said the shelter would be a valuable resource for bushwalkers and visitors to the Australian Alps National Park and the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort.

“The shelter has been built in a strategic location for bushwalkers in the area, providing much needed information for people embarking on the Mt Hotham to Falls Creek Alpine Crossing,” he said.

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