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SCU Backcountry Skiing Survey

Your President received the following email that may be of interest to some KHA members:


My name is Jennifer Smart. I am undertaking a research study investigating visitors' use of the backcountry and wilderness areas of Kosciuszko National Park during the snow season. This includes those who are skiing or riding outside of the resort boundaries.

I was hoping you could pass onto your members, information about the survey and if they have been on a backcountry trip this snow season in KNP I would appreciate if they can please complete this survey by clicking on the following link:


Completion of the survey gives people the chance to go in the draw to win the following prizes:

1 x NSW All Parks Pass
3 x Hire Vouchers from Rhythm Snowsports
1 x day pack from Mont Adventure Equipment

I also need your help to spread the word…

Please tell your friends and colleagues who have or are going backcountry this snow season to please complete the survey. They can do it on computers, tablets and phones. If using a iPhone or iPad make sure you have the latest iOS 9.3.4. Your survey response is confidential and the data de-identified. I have attached a flyer as a method of promoting the survey.

This research project is being undertaken towards a honours program with the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University. The SCU Ethics Approval number is ECN-16-202. The research project is under the supervision of Dr Pascal Scherrer and Dr Mieke Witsel at Southern Cross University and Dr Isabelle Wolf from National Parks and Wildlife Service (Research and Analysis Officer, Hurstville).

If you would like further information contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0405720143 or my supervisor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you, I appreciate your time.


Jennifer Smart

Volunteers Wanted - Lutons Crutching Shed

Where: Luton’s Crutching Shed, Namadgi National Park.  View on Map

When: Work dates - Fri 14 October 16 to Sat 15 Oct 2016. Meet at 1500 on Thu 13 October at Namadgi National Park Visitors Centre, Tharwa. People are welcome to help out for just one day if they are not available for the whole period.

What: Repairs to posts by stirruping.

Vehicles: We will consolidate vehicles at the Namadgi Visitors Centre so as to take in as few vehicles as possible.

Water is available at the site, bring all your own food and tent, mats, etc. 

Contact: Bob Salijevic, salijevicbob@gmail.com, 0408 944 322.

Alternate contact: Simon Buckpitt, simon.buckpitt@iinet.net.au, 02 6154 1403.

Vale: John Hamilton

 John Hamilton, KAC Collection

John Hamilton was a popular President of KHA in the 1990’s. He passed away on 25/6/2016.

John was an extremely active hands-on President and huts maintenance man, who loved the snowy mountains – being an active bushwalker, camper & XC skier.





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Caretaker report: CSIRO Rabbit Research Hut

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The purpose of our recent visit to the hut was to complete a visual inspection of the hut and to carry out a general tidy up in and around the hut.

I can report that the hut is obviously well cared for by visitors and that there was very little build up of tree fall around the building.

Of concern is the water which is entering the ceiling space above the front door.The stain is obvious but what is of real concern is the damage being done to the ceiling.

This is starting to sag and will in time cause a panel to drop.It is our intention to return in spring and fill the gap in the flashing ,which most likely, is to blame.

Not many people visit this hut but those that do express their appreciation for this little hut in the woods.



Caretaker, CSIRO Hut, Gungarlin Valley

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