As well as being a popular ski resort, Mt Hotham hosts Australia’s only on-snow international-standard Biathlon shooting range.
The pavilion provides a great new base for the Australian Biathlon Association to host more athletes at international competitions and will help maintain Mt Hotham’s position as the leading Biathlon training site in the southern hemisphere.
Biathlon is a small but rapidly growing sport in Victoria. It’s a Winter Olympics medal event that combines cross country skiing and target rifle shooting.
The funding for the project comes from the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund - backed by up to $30 million from the recent state budget, with $10 million dedicated to female friendly facilities.
It’s part of more than $1.2 billion invested by the Government in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.
Investments like these are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, levelling the playing field and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.
Project partners included Mt Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board ($800,000), and the Australian Biathlon Association and local community ($20,000).