An update of sorts (late!*), from an ABC radio session I heard on morning of 27 August.
(* Jotted some notes but have not had time to update here till now).
The Member for Benambra (Bill Sykes) was interviewed and said that gov't incentives for development in NP's now include 99 year leases as part of a range of incentives, with this applying not just to Mt Buffalo NP (which was a previous sticking point in the Chalet lease), but for all Vic NP's.
I got the impression that Bill Sykes is in favour of the Chalet being rehabilitated and reopened.
After this, one of the co-authors* of the book The History of Mt Buffalo, was interviewed.
(*I did not catch his name, but gather that he was a former Ranger and lives in Bright).
Anyway, he informed listeners that the Dingo Dell backpacker accomodation / year-round shelter facility, that burnt down when a controlled burn during the 2006/7 bushfires got out of control, was 100% (Bob Hawke Labour Gov't) Federally funded; and that the insurance payout was $4.6 million.
Enquiries by this author reveal that the money has been retained by Vic Gov and the interest earned on it amounts to a further $2 million dollars over the intervening years, with none of that money (ie total $6.6 million), spent on NP's anywhere!
He is appalled at the hypocrisy of the Vic Gov knocking back funding matching the Friends of Buffalo Chalet Community Group proposal, on the basis that the funds for rehabilitation of the Chalet had blown out from $2.5 million to $5 million ...