Under the Alpine Resorts (Management) Act 1997, the Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management Board (RMB) is the Statutory Authority responsible for the management of Crown Land at Mt Buller.
About the Lease Process
All Victorian alpine resorts are Crown Land permanently reserved under Section 4 (1) of the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978. Leases grant tenants exclusive right to occupy the land. The Alpine Resorts Leasing Policy (2002) provides a consistent framework for the leasing of Crown Land and RMB works collaboratively with stakeholders to implement the lease process.
The leasing of Crown Land is governed by the Alpine Resorts Leasing Policy (30 March 2002) which establishes a set of overarching principles around public benefit, ecological sustainability, consistency and transparency.
The Mt Buller Mt Stirling Property Leasing Procedure ensures a consistent approach is taken to implementing the policy and determining lease terms. The Resort Management Board works collaboratively with Lessees to help secure the longest lease term possible in accordance with the Alpine Leasing Policy and Property and Leasing Procedure. To commence the new lease process, Lessees are asked to complete the New Lease Application Form
We recommend Lessees initiate the lease renewal process one to two years before the lease expiry date. However, Lessees can surrender their existing lease and enter into negotiations with the Board for a new lease at any time, if they want to. If the new lease isn’t finalised before the existing lease expires, over-holding provisions apply to ensure tenure continuity.
Lease Negotiation Steps
Negotiating a new lease can take some time as the approval process involves a number of steps:
Lease Renewal Fees
Lessees may incur the following fees as part of the Lease process (fee amounts are estimates and subject to change):
Building Standards & Fire Safety Report
Original Plan (OP) Survey
Approx. Total: $1800.00 - $2,500.00 +GST
Lessee to coordinate with Independent Building Surveyor. Recommend to complete two to three years prior to lease expiry.
Report to be arranged by Lessee
Conducted by the Office of Valuer-General Victoria within 6 months of Lease expiry.
Admin fee of 10% applies as the RMB coordinates this on the Lessee’s behalf.
Conducted by the Office of Surveyor-General Victoria and/or Independent Surveyor.
Only required if there has been a change to the site boundary. Lessee to coordinate survey if required. Additional survey charges may apply.
Registration of Lease with Land Use Victoria.
Admin fee of 10% applies as the RMB coordinates this on the Lessee’s behalf unless instructed otherwise.
New Lease Application
New lease applications are assessed on a case by case basis in accordance with the Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management Board’s Property and Leasing Procedure [LINK]
The Board’s procedure complies with the Victorian Government’s Alpine Leasing Policy Implementation Guidelines [LINK}
Strategically Identified Site Potential
The Strategically Identified Site Potential (SISP) determines the maximum lease term bracket possible for each site. Once we receive your completed application form, we will calculate your SISP, following the process outlined in the Property and Leasing Procedure. We will provide you with a copy of the SISP calculation and discuss it with you.
New lease criteria
All new lease applications are assessed against the following criteria to determine the appropriate lease term within the relevant maximum lease term set by the SISP. The criteria for assessing applications is:
Public and economic benefit
Please complete the attached new lease application form.
Once you have completed the form, review the checklist and confirm which documents you have attached to your application. If you haven’t attached something, please include a comment, so we understand why it is not attached.
Once your application has been assessed, we will discuss the scoring. If there are any opportunities to improve the scored assessment by providing additional information, for instance, we will let you know.
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