Goo­leys Hut at Woods Point gets a makeover

Mansfield Courier - - News -

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.

PHO­TOS: Parks Vic­to­ria

RE­STORED: Goo­leys Hut (top) was in need of restora­tion works and (bot­tom) it looks much bet­ter now that it has been re­stored.

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