Namadgi National Park Historic Huts Conservation and Interpretive Trail: progress reports

Progress report one (November 2009)

Heritage approvals and waterway works licenses have been applied for. Track alignment has been surveyed and preliminary marking has been done. The number of bridges and metres of boardwalk has also been assessed. The delivery of construction materials is due in January, with a view to works being commenced in February 2010.

Progress report two (February 2010)

The purchase and delivery of major construction materials is nearly complete.

Track alignment and feature placement, including signage, seats, bridges and boardwalks, have been finalised. Works are due to commence early March, with bridge construction to begin in April.

Development of the interpretive signage and web brochure is underway. Parks Conservation and Lands staff are designing and collating material, photos and quotations.

Final result

The project has delivered an enhanced interpretive experience within Namadgi National Park. The nine kilometer moderate "Settlers Track" passes through evidence of the early European history of the southern end of the ACT, describing early settlers' life. Previous visitation was predominantly to a single hut with little information available on the area, the huts or the history. These three huts are now linked, with hikers passing signs of early inhabitant's lifestyle in between – the old school, stands of ring barked trees, sheep and cattle yards and historic fences, all with thorough descriptions. Seats and a toilet are also provided.

The three huts have undergone restoration works to ensure their continued integrity and that their heritage values are maintained and enhanced. The restoration work was completed with the assistance of the Kosciusko Huts Association under the guidelines of the conservation management plans.

The project has opened up an area of Namadgi National Park to a greater range of walkers and visitors through ease of access. It is expected that there will be greater use of the area by bushwalking groups, the general public, scout groups and school groups.