Australian Alpine Resorts Sustainability Conference
Scott Grierson from The Natural Step in Australia was recently invited to participate in a challenging 'hypothetical', chaired by Rob Gel, at the Alpine Resorts Sustainability Forum 2008. Issues considered included the plight of the endangered Pygmy Possum, the future of snow cover in Australian resorts and the likelihood of an expansion of existing infrastructure and human population.
The 2008 Sustainability Forum brought together 130 of the key players involved in alpine resorts from across Australia. The theme this year was "Creating Sustainable Alpine Communities". The Forum was again held at the Olympic Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground which proved convenient to those coming from various parts of regional Victoria and interstate. The delegates again included a strong contingent from alpine resort land managers and lift companies, but also attracted delegates from a number of the smaller on-mountain businesses and a range of umbrella groups and organisations.