The backcountry festival is the product of a lot of volunteer effort and good will. A range of businesses and individuals have offered help and support in various forms to make it happen.
We hope to be able to give back to some worthy causes while we hold the festival.
First, we want to have a low impact event:
- If you have a reusable cup, please bring it for use in the cafés.
- Think about catching the bus or car pooling. There are buses direct to the resort and you can use the village bus system to get to sessions and tours. Our ride sharing page allows you to organise and offer lifts easily. Check our transport page for details.
- sharing a ride or taking the bus means you’re using less fossil fuels – this is a better option than ‘offsetting’ the carbon that is produced from burning the petrol. But if you would like to offset emissions from your car you can select the ‘car’ option here [go to ‘CLICK HERE TO BEGIN’ then ‘CALCULATOR’ then ‘CAR’]. You will need to know or guess the fuel consumption per 100 km, then put in the number of kilometres you will be driving and whether your car runs on petrol or diesel.
- If you’re camping out above snow line, consider using a poo tube to reduce impacts on streams.
- be aware of what packaging you’re bringing onto the mountain, make sure you practise #LeaveNoTrace ethics if you’re camping out, and seperate out your waste and use the recycling system at Mt Hotham.
- If you’re staying in the Mt Hotham village, check out (and use) the Living Bin containers, which divert food waste from ending up in landfill.
Do good for the mountains. Five great causes.
Our ‘mascot’ (totem animal?) for the festival is the Mountain Pygmy–possum, Burramys parvus, Australia’s only hibernating marsupial. The mountain pygmy possum has been declared by the IUCN Redlist as Critically endangered. In 2000, the population estimates totalled less than 2,000 individuals from the three combined isolated populations that exist across the Australian Alps.
Georgina Boardman is the Technical Services and Environment Officer at the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board (MHRMB), where she and the rest of the Environmental Team work to protect the Mountain Pygmy Possum population on the mountain. Check here for an interview about the great work carried out by the MHRMB to protect the possum.
Funds received through the film night will be shared between:
1/ Mountain Critter Cause.
Mountain Critter Cause supports a breeding program for the possum that is run by the University of NSW. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the possum.
Check for details on our fund raising efforts for the possum.
2/ the Friends of the Earth climate campaign.
Climate change poses an existential threat to the possum and the winter climate we all love. Check here for details on the various climate campaigns that FoE runs.
3/ Thanks to the generosity of Peter Hull from local brewery Sweetwater, we will also be raising funds for Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA) through the outdoor bar we will be running on Saturday afternoon. The organisation has assisted thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate in winter sports annually. You can find details here.
4/ Josh Fletcher will talk about the recent re-launch of Protect Our Winters in Australia and how you can get involved in the local chapter of POW.
5/ Bring your old (good quality) ski gear to donate to the Heat the Homeless program run by XTM.
We will add additional information and new causes to this page as we get closer to winter 2019. Please get in touch if you’d like to help or want to see your cause featured.