Powell Hut no longer accessible

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    Heather

    If you came past Powell Hut at New Years and found the track open, gas on, mattresses still there and water in the tank – none of that is available any longer. Powell Hut, as we have known it for some time is now no longer accessible, while it gets rebuilt. Four of us walked past the ‘construction site’ on Saturday and witnessed a hive of activity – demolition is well underway with several workers and a digger digging away. While the hut’s still standing (it looked to be accommodation for the workers) the deck has gone making the building look like an old school house. So, sometime in the last two weeks they have boarded across the track with the usual ‘track closed/danger’ signs a short distance below the hut. A temporary track has been cut in the bush. It sidles around the hut on the eastern side. The diversion comes out just above the hut and in closer proximity to it providing a safe viewing point to watch the activity. (Mountain House Shelter, an hour below the hut, continues to provide shelter, water and a toilet.)

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    Tony Gazley
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    Powell Hut update at 30 January 2019. Demolition complete, site leveled and some new piles in place refer photo.
    Further updates to come.

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    #29868 Reply

    Tony Gazley
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    Powell Hut update at 7 February 2019. Wall and roof framing in place. RAB board (rigid air-barrier) mostly fixed to exterior of walls. Refer photo.

    Currently there are 6 builders on site – working for 10 days (living in a dog-box sized shed) then 4 days off.

    Note that access to the site is prohibited (as it should be for a construction site) so I gave my camera to a builder from McIntyre Construction who kindly took the photo from the heli-pad.

    Further updates to come.

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    Tony Gazley
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    Powell Hut update at 18 February 2019. Roof cladding fixed – but no final external cladding to walls yet. There is a large mostly roofed balcony running the full length of the east side. Refer photos for north end of hut, general view, and south end.

    Next visit will try and get one of the builders to take a few photos of the inside.

    Further updates to come – stay tuned.

    #29947 Reply

    Heather

    Tony deserves to be the new hut’s first guest.

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