NPWS has announced the list of Huts to be rebuilt subject to environmental assessment:
Resthouse at Sawyers Hill
Bradley & O'Briens
Linesman Huts - 2 huts . it is possible that only one of these will be rebuilt. No decision as yet.
Tantangara hut which suffered extensive damage will be reconstructed.
First Prize Winner -
E. G. Ticket Number #540
Second Prize Winner
G. S. Ticket Number #22
Congratulations to you both and many thanks to all who purchased tickets.
Again a big thank you to Holly Grace who donated her beautiful illuminated glass work to KHA for the 50th Anniversary Raffle.
All Prizes donated by Internationally award winning Glass Artist Holly Grace. https://www.hollygrace.com
1st Prize $6,600 Round Mountain Hut illuminated Glass Work 520 x 520 x 420 (w, d, h, in mm)
2nd Prize $3,300 Round Mountain Hut Billy Glass Work 320 x 420 x 355 (w, d, h, in mm)
National Parks and Wildlife Service will rebuild almost all the huts damaged by the catastrophic 2019–20 summer bushfires, following an extensive assessment process which considered the significance of each structure.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Steve Cathcart said that these important structures include 10 historic huts that were burnt despite the valiant efforts of firefighters.
'There are more than 70 huts in Kosciuszko National Park, with others across the Australian alps, that are considered to have outstanding national heritage value and significance, and as a group the huts have State Heritage significance for their historic, aesthetic and social values,' said Mr Cathcart.
'The huts are an integral part of the cultural landscape of Kosciuszko National Park demonstrating different construction materials and techniques, past land uses, travel, communication practices, past times and continue to be visited today by people enjoying the park including walkers, riders and skiers,' he said.
'Since February 2020, NPWS officers have been working to assess and record damage, preserve original features where possible and consult with groups such as the Kosciuszko Huts Association and descendants of the huts builders.
'After the loss of huts during the 2003 bushfires, changes to heritage conventions enabled the option of rebuilding the huts to retain their social significance. Even though some original fabric may be gone, the huts can be rebuilt to retain peoples’ connections with these places; from the families who built them, to current caretakers and people who visit them for recreation.
'The rebuilding program will be developed in consultation with Kosciuszko Huts Association and families associated with the huts. NPWS will enlist the aid of staff, contractors and volunteers trained in traditional construction techniques to enable continuation of heritage building skills, such as splitting slabs with a maul and froe, and log cabin construction and help keep these skills alive. NPWS is looking for additional staff to be part of the program and positions will be advertised at iworkfor.nsw.gov.au.'
It is with disappointment that the KHA committee has decided to cancel our second attempt to hold a celebration event for 50 years of service to The Huts of Kosciuszko and Namadgi National Parks. This event was to have taken place at Jindabyne on 13-14 November 2021.
The 50th celebration was initially scheduled for November 2020. With the agreement to postpone that event it was decided to reschedule for November 2021 and in the case of continued COVID restrictions the event would be cancelled.
With the current unknown’s regarding COVID leading to the insecurity of bookings and the commitments required to ensure a successful event the committee will cancel this event.
Cancellation of the event does not go without recognition of our Foundation Members, the caretakers that have adopted huts over 50 years, clubs, groups and individuals who have contributed in many small and significant ways.