- New site will feature expanded snowmaking capabilities
- Site was severely burnt during the 2019-20 bushfires
- 40-year lease agreement between NSW National Parks and Blyton Group
NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, toured the former resort in Kosciuszko National Park where he said under a new 40-year lease agreement with the NSW National Parks, a new Selwyn Snow Resort would be built.
The new resort would have a bigger guest visitor centre, doubled snowmaking capacity, and an expanded snow sports learning area,
Other features will include a new ‘snow play wonderland’, a toboggan park, skating rink, tubing carousel, kids skidoos along with a miniature enchanted village.
The resort suffered extensive damage during the bushfires in 2019-20. Damage occurred to not just their buildings and snow-making equipment but also the resort’s power, water and sewerage supplies.
Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t opened last year due to this extensive damage, although due to the pandemic it would have likely been required to close.
Mr Barilaro remarked the loss had been a blow for locals and skiers alike given the former Selwyn Snow Resort had hosted holidays for many Australians over several decades, however, he added it was an opportunity to install more modern infrastructure.
“The work started now will deliver modern infrastructure to transform the Selwyn Snow Resort we’ve known and loved into a truly world-class family snow park, that accommodates more visitors from a range of backgrounds and directly creates local tourism industry jobs.”
John Barilaro, Deputy Premier
Matt Kean, the NSW Environment Minister, said the long-term lease gives certainty to the operators and overall says it is good news for the local tourism industry.
Regional contractors from communities such as Orange, Cooma and Adaminaby will be employed to rebuild the resort, according to Kevin Blyton, the Chairman of Selwyn Snow Resort’s operator and owner, Blyton Group.
“The commitment of a new lease from the NSW Government has secured the long-term future of the resort and will enable my group to significantly enhance Selwyn’s offering
“Our significant investment over the next five years will see the resort transformed and deliver a better experience for the snow play, ski and snowboard community.”
Kevin Blyton, Chariman of Blyton Group