These are politically charged times.
On Saturday an Australian Federal Election comes just one week after the momentous BREXIT decision for Great Britain to leave the European Union. Falls Creek is not exempt from the murmurings for change.
The Falls Express Chairlift has been named as such since 2006. Much loved, it is ridden by more visitors than any other lift at Falls Creek. Despite this status, there is a rising push for change to bring the chairlift back to its roots and officially rename to Halley’s Comet - as it was originally dubbed when built in 1986.
This movement has gained such traction (since being raised a week ago) that a mountain referendum has been called for Falls Creek visitors to decide - Should we change the name of the Falls Creek Express Chairlift?
This Saturday July 2nd (yes, the same day as that other poll) Falls Creek will conduct a ballot to decide once and for all whether to CHANGE to revisit the historic Halley’s Comet or REMAIN with the Falls Creek Express.
Make no mistake, this is no stunt. The final decision will stand (although there may be a 2 year negotiation period should the CHANGE movement succeed).
Voting will be open from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday at the polling booth in front of Big Red’s BBQ on Wombats Ramble (the corner at the top of the Panorama Terrain Park on Drovers). In-person votes only will be counted (no absentee or postal votes) and the final decision will be announced at the commencement of Night Skiing at 6pm (at the Falls Express/Halleys Comet Chairlift).