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A not-quite-traditional Easter workparty for Tin Mines Barn was held this year at Waste Point  by members and friends of the Illawarra Alpine Club and NPWS staff.
 
Over 500 shingles for the barn need to be replaced and they are 900 mm long - twice as long as standard.
This represents a huge investment in time and labour using traditional methods - shown at the start of the video.
 
However an ingenious solution to the problem was developed by Col Wooden (KHA), Pat Edmondson (Life Member Illawarra Alpine Club, Life Member KHA) and Gary McDougal (NPWS).
 
 
 
 
 
Robyn inspecting fresh December snow at Wheelers Hut 2013

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.

Combined KHA/Vic Huts activity.

From Barbara Seymour:

"Camp was made at Tom Groggin camp site and activities included travelling to a number of Vic Huts and the Geehi Huts. A visit to Jack Riley's hut site was made on Sunday morning and after lunch everyone drove over to Tom Groggin Station where Ken Nankervis spoke to a very captive audience of the days when the Nankervis family owned the Station. Full report and more photos in the next KHA Newsletter."

Barbara also sent in these photos:

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Mackays after Carolyn Macdonald 2013An 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.

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.

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Participants at the GPS WorkshopAn 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:

  • Laminating and taking posters into huts,
  • through the website and eNews promoting the potential disastrous consequences of this weed,
  • advertising the December to February based Khancoban program and gaining volunteers

Photo of volunteers searching for Orange Hawkweed

Volunteers searching for Orange Hawkweed

Photo: www.wildmob.org

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.


Nine enthusiastic KHA volunteers spent four days from 10-13 January assisting NPWS' Orange Hawkweed identification and eradication program.

If think  you would like to help contact jo.caldwell@environment.gov.au The program runs from December to February each year so if you cannot make it this year you may wish to indicate interest for December 2011-end february 2012.

Look closely at the Jo Caldwell photo and see if you can spot the Orange hawkweed flowers.

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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 Oâ