Centenary Restoration for Old Pelion Hut Planned

Last year I was part of a group that approached the Parks and Wildlife Service with a request to create a community/government partnership to restore Old Pelion Hut in time for its centenary in 2017. Old Pelion is a fascinating old hut whose construction in 1917 predated the formation of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and which has played a continuing role in the history of the national park and the Overland Track (for more detail, see my Tasmanian High Country Huts). To our great delight, the Service agreed. Several meetings and a field trip later, agreement was reached last month on a series of works that will take place over the next few years. In the summer season of 2015/16, remedial conservation works to stablise and repair the fabric of the building will take place and in 2016/17 the chimney will be restored to its original appearance. This is a great outcome. It demonstrates that the community can play a vital role in conserving historic mountain huts. Thank you to Gerard Castles, Mike Verdouw, Ken Felton and Tim Jones for joining with me on this quest and to Nic Deka and his team from the Park and Wildlife Service