Australia’s first purpose-built alpine accommodation for people living with a disability is a step closer.
Minister for Disability and Ageing and Acting Minister for Sport Martin Foley turned the first sod to start construction of the Howmans Gap Alpine Centre at Falls Creek, which will soon become the home of Disabled Wintersport Australia.
The state-of-the-art facility will come complete with 36 beds, so that participants of all abilities can get out and challenge themselves on Victoria’s ski fields. It’s all possible thanks to a $3.1 million Andrews Labor Government investment.
The Howmans Gap Alpine Centre will open more doors for people living with a disability to participate in Disabled Wintersport Australia’s fun Snow Sport and Green Season Program, ensuring more Victorians can embrace the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.
It’s also set to play a key role ushering in the next generation of elite champions. The centre will become a high performance training base for Winter Paralympic Games stars like Sochi 2014 bronze medallists Jessica Gallagher and Toby Kane.
The Howmans Gap Alpine Centre is being developed with universal design principles at its heart, making sure people living with a disability can participate in the sports they love feeling safe and independent.
The centre is being delivered in partnership with Victorian YMCA and Disabled Wintersport Australia.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability and Acting Minister for Sport Martin Foley
“The Howmans Gap Alpine Centre will be the first of its kind in Australia. We’re proud to be playing a part in ensuring nobody faces barriers to the sports they love.”
“This state-of-the-art facility will ensure everyone can experience for themselves our extraordinary ski fields in a safe and comfortable environment.”
“We just might be helping uncover the next generation of Winter Paralympic Games heroes.”