Gooleys Hut at Woods Point gets a makeover
ON December 11, Parks Victoria - in conjunction with the Victorian High Country Huts Association (VHCHA) and the East Malvern Motorcycle Club - announced the restoration of Gooleys Hut in the Woods Point Historic Area.
“The East Malvern Motorcycle Club was involved in the rebuild of Gooleys Hut in 2003 and we were delighted to be involved again in restoring the hut for future use,” East Malvern Motorcycle Club’s Drew Caughey said.
During a weekend long working bee in November, the team of volunteers worked tirelessly undertaking a range of tasks with the principles of heritage protection at the forefront.
“Parks Victoria and the VHCHA have worked in partnership on a number of projects over the past decade and we were keen to come together again to rebuild the Gooleys Hut,” Parks Victoria area chief ranger Bart Smith said.
“A great deal of planning was carried out between the groups to ensure the unique heritage of Gooleys Hut was maintained.”
The Gooleys Hut restoration works were extensive, including removing the existing chimney and completely dismantling the hut prior to rebuilding it from the ground up.
New base logs were installed, drainage improved, a new chimney constructed with D QHZ ¿UHSODFH DQG EDUULHUV installed to protect the hut.
All in all, it was a mammoth reconstruction job.
“This project could not have happened if not for the great work and cooperation of many people associated with the Victorian High Country Huts Association, the staff of Parks Victoria and members of the East Malvern Motorcycle Club,” Victorian High Country Huts Association president Allen Skilton said.
RESTORED: Gooleys Hut (top) was in need of restoration works and (bottom) it looks much better now that it has been restored.