Noth­ing ter­ri­ble about hut re-build

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

WHEN fire look­out ob­server Pe­ter McGrath drove to Mt Ter­ri­ble to com­mence his fire-watch shift on an early De­cem­ber morn­ing in 2012, he dis­cov­ered that the Hut had burnt to the ground.

All that re­mained was a smoul­der­ing heap - and the chim­ney stack.

The orig­i­nal hut was built in 1962 as ac­com­mo­da­tion for fire look­out staff.

“It was soon dis­cov­ered that campers had stayed in the hut the pre­vi­ous night, and at around 2am a burn­ing log had rolled out of the fire­place,” DELWP se­nior for­est man­age­ment and road­ing of­fi­cer - Alexan­dra, James Cow­ell, said.

“Within mo­ments the hut was ablaze.”

Although orig­i­nally built for look­out staff, the hut later be­came a vis­i­tor at­trac­tion and emer­gency shel­ter for hik­ers, horse rid­ers, four wheel driv­ers and trail bike rid­ers in the area.

“Af­ter dis­cus­sions with the vol­un­teer groups, plans to re­build the hut were put in place, with works com­menc­ing in Novem­ber 2016,” Mr Cow­ell said.

“Com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and DELWP staff fin­ished the fi­nal touches to the new hut in May of this year.”

RE­BUILT: The Mt Ter­ri­ble hut has been of­fi­cially re-built ahead of the open­ing of the Alpine Na­tional Park. Mt Ter­ri­ble is lo­cated in the hills be­hind Kev­ing­ton.

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