Trevor Clement sent in this report on their recent workparty at Frank & Jack's Hut in Namadgi National Park
Frank and Jack’s hut in Namadgi is only 2.7kms from the Yankee Hat car park and, as such, received a great number of visitors. The hut is in reasonable condition although there are a number of maintenance issues identified at a joint KHA and ACT PCS site visit in late 2016. As the new KHA caretaker I developed a plan to address the maintenance issues in a phased approach.
level the hut floor, general tidy up, remove over paint from brick chimney, and take accurate measurements of other materials needed for the next phase work.
repair/ replace broken windows, replace water damaged ceiling sections, investigate roof sheeting and make necessary repairs to stop water ingress, repair rot/damage to weatherboard sections outside.
investigation indicates the hut was originally painted a light cream colour and not the present yellow. As such, this final phase will be to repaint the hut to bring it back to the original colour (subject to ACT PCS approval).
The workparty on 27/28 February 2017 achieved the Phase 1 work thanks to the KHA members present: Trevor Clement (Coordinator), Simon Buckpitt, John Corcoran, Jean Montgomery, Jennifer Nicholls (27th only) and Sally and Bernie from ACT PCS.
The apparent slump in the floor level at the front right corner turned out to be mainly caused by a hump in the centre three posts. With the benefit of John’s surveying expertise the hut was levelled. The hunt is on to find period weatherboard section to match the existing.
Phase 2 works is planned for the near future but we might need to wait until the warm weather returns in Spring for the repainting planned in Phase 3. A call will go out for volunteers interested in assisting with the major task of repainting later in the year.
Frank and Jack’s Hut Caretaker