Opening of Dr Forbes Hut – May 2010

We’d done some volunteer work with brother Peter in March at Dr Forbes Hut on the Swampy Plain River in the Kosciuszko National Park, and were keen to see the finished building, so we drove up for the day of the official opening. The hut had been more or less destroyed in the 2003 bushfires with much stone work needing to be totally redone. The builders worked from original and more recent photographs  and the rebuilt hut looked great, with the new roof, shutters, doors and doorposts, paths and stairs all finished. They’d cleared and removed more trees and brush from around the hut and hopefully that’ll protect it from future infernos! (The only thing missing is a toilet and that’s apparently still to  be built – they did have a Portaloo for the grand opening.)

It was a glorious sunny day. The tops of the crags above us were just obscured by cloud, but it was lovely and warm down below. At least 60 people attended (quite a few from the Kosciuszko Huts Association, of which brother Peter is a member, and of course many National Parks rangers and administrators) and it was all beautifully organised. There were several speeches and we heard about the early days of the hut from the son of its original owner and a family friend.  It was good to see Gary and Geoff get credit for all the hard work they’d done over only 55 working days, and to have the contribution of the volunteers also acknowledged. Finally  the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon took place. Everyone chatted, took photos and mingled.

After a picnic lunch we headed back home, stopping for a taste of schnapps at the schnappserie near Thredbo on the way.

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Photo of the original hut before the fires. The hut as it was in early March 2010. Early March 2010. Ready for the roof. 14th May 2010. All finished! The "stairway to heaven" before it was built. Early March 2010. First steps taking shape. Early March 2010. Day 2 of stair building. March, 2010. Completed steps, 14 May 2010. Gary and Geoff finished it off beautifully! The two Peters inspect the handiwork to see if it is up to standard. The hut from the side, early March 2010. Side view of the completed hut, 14 May 2010. Gary working on the roof, March 2010. The roof in place - very impressive! 14 May 2010. View through to the main room. 14 May 2010. The door came from old Adaminaby. The fireplace. 14 May 2010. There's been lots of clearing up done on the river bank. 14 May 2010. Geoff, Gary and the son of the original Dr Forbes at the opening, 14 May 2010. A fourway cut of the ribbon - Megan, Geoff, Gary and Mr Forbes. And the river just keeps flowing - beautiful!

Posted on May 18th, 2010, tagged with events

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