Vale Rex Cox
Sadly, one of the Southern Alps legends, Rex Cox, passed away on 9th July aged 98.
Rex was a remarkable man who had an incredible love of people, the mountains, skiing & bush walking.
He was a significant Southern Alps Life Member being Race Captain 1955-58, 1962-63, 1970, 1972-73, 1976-77, Club President 1974-75, 1984-85 and Lodge Director from 1963 to 1998.
Rex was to the fore in developing our Club races, Juniors program and the Cross Country & Bush Walking group.
Rex was also passionate about preservation of the mountain huts and therefore involved in the Kosciuszko Huts Association.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Rex's partner, Joan Gardner and Rex's family.
A service will be held at Woronora Memorial Park, South Chapel on Monday 17th July at 12:00 midday.
Celebration of Rex's life will follow at "Club on East", 7 East Parade, Sutherland from 2:00 to 5:00pm.
Memorial donations can be made to Koscuiszko Huts Association via this link.
Please add "Rex Cox memorial donation" in the comments area.
Vale Keith Westgarth
Sadly, Keith Westgarth, a Southern Alps life member, passed away last Friday at home after an extended battle with cancer.
Keith worked tirelessly for Southern Alps supporting wife Marie with her roles as a Lodge booking officer and Club social secretary. Keith was also a regular at the Charlotte Pass "boys" weekend. Keith was a special member that will be truly missed.
We extend our sincerest condolences to Marie, Keith's adult children: Susie, Cathy, Barry, their partners and Keith's much loved grandchildren: Courtney, Nicole, Emma, James, Jacqueline, Jeremy & Daniel.
In Memoriam donations can be made to Concord Hospital Cancer Research via Concord Hospital donations page, please direct your donation to "Cancer Centre" and add "Keith Westgarth" name in the message section
2017 Lodge Cooperative AGM
Congratulations to Phil Friedlander, Daniel Kavo and William Sidwell for their election to the SASC Lodge Cooperative Board of Directors at the AGM on 17th May.
Sincere thanks to retiring director Kurt Bloomfield (1977-2017) and Arthur Owens (1998-2017) for outstanding service on the Lodge Cooperative Board.
The splendour of Sun Peaks
Sun Peaks supports our Juniors - Follow the link to see some great photos. Wish I was there!
NPWS have provided various reports covering Environmental performance and Municipal projects in the Resort Areas. Please click on the links below to view individual reports.
Perisher project summary report (Nov 2016)
Guthega Freedom Chairlift presentation 2016
Road Clearing – RMS Nov 2016
Alpine Resorts Environmental Performance Report 2014-16
PRREMS Lodges EarthCheck Report 2015-16
PRREMS EarthCheck reporting outcomes 2010-16
In these reports PRREMS is the acronym for Perisher Range Resorts Environmental Management System.
Currently there are several reviews being conducted by NPWS in the Kosciuszko National Park (KNP), detail of the reviews that most affect SASC members are listed below:
1. Governance of Perisher Range Resorts (PRR) and Charlotte Pass
The aim of the review is to have low cost operating model that is sustainable and includes activation of summer activities.
At Perisher Range Resorts (PRR) NPWS are looking to pass responsibility for leases and municipal services (water, sewerage system, drainage, garbage and roads) to private enterprise. Also the 2005 IPART funding model failed to deliver the income required to operate PRR under NPWS management.
The public and stakeholder consultation periods have been completed.
Expressions of interest have been sort from world wide audience and we await completion of NPWS evaluation of the submissions.
Renewal of our Sub-Lease at Charlotte Pass is dependent on the outcome of this review. Our Directors, SLOPES and Charlotte Pass Ski Lodges Association are looking after our interests.
More information is available on the NPWS page
2. KNP Environmental Carrying Capacity Review
The existing Plan of Management uses bed numbers to limit capacity in KNP however best practice approach s for performance based environmental management.
NPWS has stated they have no agenda in this review and it is independent of the Perisher and Charlotte Pass management review (see above). The first consultation period has concluded but there will be further consultation before the review is completed. The review could result in an amendment to the KNP Plan of Management. Timeline for review completion is unclear, for more information follow this link to NPWS site.
3. KNP Wild Horse Management Plan
The engagement and public comment periods have closed we await the Public exhibition of the Draft Wild Horse Management Plan which was due March-April 2016. See NPWS web page for more information.
SASC Apparel for sale
Funds raised from garment and novelty sales go to the Juniors programs.
All gear can be purchased in the lodges or fill out form on the Apparel page and arrangements will be made to deliver goods to you.
We are running out stock of Club soft shell jackets and merino pullovers - click here for available sizes and details.
Kahane Thursday theme night is Japanese for 2017
Historical Society Newsletters
Alpsport - SASC
Special offer - click here
Our Book, All We Southern Alps Ski Club Story, is beautifully presented with hard cover in B5 size, covering Club and Lodge Co-Op from inception until 2013 - 275 pages with 330 photos! Cost is $50 if purchased directly or $60 including postage within Australia. Please email Rod Peile or see your Lodge Manager if you would like to purchase a copy.
The following companies support Southern Alps Junior program and deserve you patronage.