Round Mountain to Snakey Plain in Eight Days – Dec 2013
Bob Clifton - December 2013
Newcastle Ramblers Bushwalking Club
After ten hours of driving our group made it to Round Mountain Hut (1520m), a short downhill walk from the Tooma Road, and were in camp by 5.00pm with a pleasant fire going as the shadows closed over Mt Jagungal in the distance.
|Kosciuszko Huts Association Inc.
43rd Annual General Meeting
Saturday 17th May 2014
Talbingo Mountain Retreat
Whitty Street, Talbingo
Venue details and accommodation over the fold...
Flattering: a press release from NPWS --
24 April 2012
Volunteers Easter efforts give historic mountain huts some much needed TLC
Whilst many visitors to Kosciuszko National Park over Easter enjoyed their time relaxing and recreating within the park, an intrepid band of volunteers from the Illawarra Alpine Club continued their Easter tradition of putting something back into the Park that they love to enjoy.
The club which operates its Club ski lodge at Smiggin Holes, also operates as a volunteer Hut Caretaker Group under the auspices of the Kosciusko Huts Association, helping to maintain and preserve the iconic mountain huts within Kosciuszko National Park.
NPWS Snowy River Area Manager, Pam OâBrien said âthe Illawarra Alpine Club has a long association with the Tin Mine, Cascade and Teddys Huts, carrying out extensive restoration and maintenance works in conjunction with the KHA and NPWS since the early 1980âs.â Ms OâBrien added âit would be fair to say that if it wasnât for the efforts of this group of volunteers, led by local Jindabyne resident Pat Edmondson, that these historic huts that are enjoyed and treasured by many visitors would probably not be standing today.â
27 volunteers from the club spent 4 days of their Easter holidays doing much needed maintenance and repair works to the State Heritage listed Tin Mines Mess Hut and Managers Hut, deep within the Pilot Wilderness Area of Kosciuszko.
Work carried out by the volunteers included dismantling the chimney structure of Mess Hut also known as the âBarnâ in preparation for chimneys planned reconstruction next spring. Repairs to the doors and window shutters, and drainage works around the hut were also carried out. The âManagersâ hut also known to many as âCartersâ hut, benefited from the renewing of the rammed earth floor, re-lining the internal walls and renewing the chimney timber frame structure. Both huts interiors were also treated with a fire retardant coating and a general clean and tidy.
Ms OâBrien added, â the excellent work carried out by the volunteers and dedication of volunteer groups such as the Illawarra Alpine Club was phenomenal, and were an important component in assisting NPWS to preserve the important heritage links of the huts and the mountain landscape and past land uses.â
The Tin Mines Mess Hut and Managers Hut were originally built in 1936 by the Mount Pilot Tin Mine Syndicate to accommodate workers for the alluvial tin mining operation which only operated for 2 years before going into liquidation because of difficulties in access and poor returns.
An article by Carolyn MacDonald
Photos: Carolyn Macdonald
While volunteering on the Orange Hawkweed program this year I learnt from the local Park ranger that Bob the taxi driver in Corryong can drive people up the Cabramurra Road in winter. Coming from Adelaide this made sense to cut out the Alpine Way and reducing our drive time and distance. This was especially relevant this year as we would have been trying to drive the Alpine Way just after it had been blocked by the landslide. Not only that, Bob supplies you with a pile of yummy homemade sandwiches, tea, coffee and hot chocolate to help you on your way.
Combined KHA/Vic Huts activity.
From Barbara Seymour:
Barbara also sent in these photos:
ACT Parks are to run a White Card course for KHA members intending to work on huts in Namadgi National Park, dates to be confirmed.
Pauline Downing gives an account of the KHA Site visit to the immaculately rebuilt Rugmans Hut.
This article was originally written for publication in the Snowy Times, March 2011.
An enthusiastic group of KHA members and NPWS personnel gathered at Currango over the weekend of 26th/27th May 2012 to attend the GPS Workshop.
KHA is assisting NPWS by:
Volunteers searching for Orange Hawkweed
Another successful KHA AGM took place at the luxurious Boali Lodge at Thredbo!
Immediate past President Bob Moon was awarded Life membership.
Welcome new President Barbara Seymour.
Attached below are slide shows presented by NPWS Ranger Megan Bowden, along with the Treasurer's and Auditor's reports.