Alphutte – still alpine vandals

We have previously pointed out that the Alphutte pizza restaurant at Dinner Plain destroyed all the remnant indigenous groundcover on their property last autumn.

Sadly, they continue their irresponsible behaviour, planting out various exotics, including herbs and succulents, on their property, which have the potential to go wild.

Dinner Plain village is an enclave of private land within the Alpine National Park, about 10 kilometres from Mt Hotham. Despite local Council requiring people to use indigenous species in any plantings, a growing number of residents are choosing to ignore this requirement.

It’s a shame that people who are lucky enough to have access to such a beautiful mountain environment are happy to put potential environmental weeds into the local habitat.

If this concerns you, you may want to avoid Alphutte when you visit Dinner Plain. Local café Mountain Kitchen sells indigenous plants, which are also available via the Alpine Shire.

3 thoughts on “Alphutte – still alpine vandals”

  1. Cam, you are pushing the truth here to suit your own agenda. We both know that DP is NOT “an enclave surrounded by national park”. Rather it’s a town that adjoins the park on one side and state forest on other sides with a bucket load of other freehold land nearby. Anyway, Dinner Plain is a town and surely people have the right to modify their own backyard if they own the freehold? (Even if it strikes me as a bit excessive.)

    I think you’re doing your cause a diservice by deliberately claiming things that are easily refuted. If you stick to facts, your lobbying would be much more effective. As it is, it comes across as “Whatever it takes (even fibs) to score a point”.

    Cheers, Dave

    Note from Cam:

    thanks for the post Dave (and gidday, its been a while)

    Sorry, have to disagree with you: the point I was making is that DP is surrounded by public land primarily managed for conservation, which is true. For ease of writing i didn’t mention state forest, which is on one side, but it is worth remembering that the side with the houses is right on the border of the National Park, and this is where many of the environmental weeds are coming from. Ecologically speaking it is an enclave of intensive development within a largely natural landscape. A simple glimpse at google earth proves that point. Yes, there is a fair bit of freehold land in the higher regions (not sure i would call it ‘bucket loads’) but apart from the airstrip at Horsehair Plain, DP is completely different to all of these: the presence of several hundred houses, 3 pubs, a bunch of businesses and a large sewage plant. Hence its very different to the other pockets that may have a house or 2 on them at most.

    As for the right to do what you want on freehold land. You must be aware that there are various constraints on what people can do at DP: covering things like building materials, height, colours, even whether you can have a clothes line (!), the need to retain mature trees, requirement to plant indigenous species, etc. This has been the case since the 80s. Its not North Fiztroy, it sits within a really significant sub alpine landscape and planners/ developers have had the common sense to recognise this and put requirements in place. Thankfully its not just a free for all development zone, and thats one of the things that makes the poor management of the Alphutte property so disappointing (that and their simple lack of responsibility to the amazing place where they live).
    Hope to catch you at the BC festival in a couple of weeks, regards, cam

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