AFTER more than 60 years of service, the Merritts double chairlift at Thredbo is to be dismantled at the end of the ski season and 112 of its double chairs that have transported skiers for decades from the village to the intermediate and beginner terrain will be auctioned for charity from midday on September 24.
The chairlift, which has been in operation since the 1968 ski season, is to be replaced with alpine Australia’s first gondola in October.
All proceeds of the auction will be distributed to nominated charities including the Children’s Hospital Foundation Australia along with local charities in the Snowy Mountains including:
The Fly Program
Thredbo Early Childhood Centre
Jindabyne Trail Stewardship
Thredbo Volunteer Ski Patrol
Disabled Wintersport Australia
Bid at thredbo.com.au/auction from midday, September 24. Continuing for a week, auction bidders can increase their offers in $5 increments above the set reserve price to secure their bid.
"In a better and more honest world, the logical outcome would be that the Planning Directorate would have a good laugh when this one arrives and send it straight back to the developers," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.