The Kosciuszko Huts Association (KHA) is a voluntary organisation formed in 1971 to assist with the conservation, management and reconstruction of huts, homesteads and surrounds within Kosciuszko National Park (KNP) in southern NSW. Our activities expanded into Namadgi National Park (NNP) in the ACT in 1990.
Over the past forty two years KHA has carried out maintenance activities on most of the 90 or so remaining huts and homesteads in KNP and NPP. A network of caretakers, both groups and individuals, make annual inspection visits to their allocated hut or huts to document the material state of the hut and to develop work plans. They also undertake small repairs as needed.
The caretaker network is managed by KHA, with KHA providing the liaison between the caretakers and state and territory land management agencies.
The objectives of KHA
The NSW Government requires KHA volunteers working in the park, to indemnify it against any third party legal action resulting from KHA's activities. KHA has obtained insurance cover for the benefit of members and pays for it though membership fees.
Financial KHA members are welcome to attend hut workparties. For upcoming workparties, please check the calendar, or contact the relevant Hut Maintenance Officer (HMO). Email address can be found on the Contacts page.
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.
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.
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.
In this excerpt from the article originally published in WILD Magazine No 138 p54.
Ricky French, a New Zealand freelance writer.
He interviews KHA President Barbara Seymour and Life Member Klaus Hueneke AM.
That's not to say that Australia doesn't have its own love-affair with huts, it's just that the relationship is more nostalgic. Klaus Hueneke is one of Australia's most knowledgeable authorities on huts in the NSW and Victorian high-country...
CROCODILE Dundee had his knife. But Steve Lehmann has his axe.
He has more than 1600 of them in fact. But the one that stands almost two metres tall is the one we are interested in for this yarn.
It is a novelty axe with an interesting story attached.
"It is based on a Kelly Dandenong axe which is an Australian-made felling axe," Mr Lehmann said. "How it came about is that I used to do a lot of maintenance work at Kruger Sawmill and they had a handle that turned up on their copy lathes that was twice the length of a normal handle. "But it wasn't proportioned, so it wasn't blown out to twice the width.
Goob-Goobra-The Goob-Goobragandra-Goobarrangandra by Harry Hill Published November 2013
I vaguely remember a few years back when Harry publicly stated he had written ...'his last book.'
Well, that was least two or maybe three books ago. Hard on the heels of "Tea and Scones, Billy Tea and Damper" comes dare I say, penultimate?
The first I knew of Harry's latest publication was when it turned up in my post box in early December.
The caretakers report the workparty was cancelled due to wet weather. The access track has a boggy patch which we don't want to make worse.
KHA HMO south
A member of the public, Mr Williams, enquired about 2 huts in Victoria.
I have forwarded his email to our sister organisation, Victorian High Country Huts Association.