It's that time of the year again to start getting your Backcountry Trust 2019/20 summer project bid in. The summer of 2018/19 was highly successful with volunteer groups getting through an impressive bundle of work in between some challenging weather cycles. As a result of people seeing the impact of all that good work, there has been alot of interest from new groups and a growing enthusiasm to roll up the sleeves and get some work done. We have more funds available for next summer so there has never been a better time to get together a group of friends and get a project up and running. In addition to the normal round of funding we are going to make a further round of funds available specifically for groups wanting to participate in a a Labour weekend track cutting bonanza. Stay tuned.
Built around 1965 on Wyuna Station near the Shotover River, Stoney Creek Hut was originally built for goat control in the area. When the station went through Tenure Review a few years back, this unusual Dexion framed hut came across to the public network but had received no maintenance in that time until Mike Lagan and others visited in 2014 and resolved to put together a project to restore it.
Mike secured funding in Round 9 and along with Alan Stout, Ed Anscombe, Alan McLeod and Neale Dale went in on March the 10th 2019 with 820kg of materials and gear. Over the next week they replaced the roof, gutted the hut and replaced the rat eaten pinex lining with ply, rebuilt the bunks and fireplace and added a new toilet and woodshed. Nearly 600 hours of volunteer labour were required to rebuild the hut to a high quality and now ready to get more visits than this unique hunting opportunity has been receiving in the past few years.
It is shaping up to be a busy 2018/19 summer for volunteer groups that have already applied for funding from the Backcountry Trust. There is usually a good few months lead time to get organised for a project to run successfully and now is the perfect time to plan ahead for spring 2019. Successful applications for Round 10 will be notified in late March leaving plenty of time to plan for those fine weather spells of spring. For more information go to our applications page:
Spring is in the air and now is the perfect time to get your application in for that summer hut or track project. The Backcountry Trust has many projects in the pipeline for this summer but is seeking applications from volunteer groups looking to undertake work this summer. Successful applications will be notified in October leaving plenty of time to plan for those fine weather spells of summer. For more information go to our applications page:
Some volunteer groups wait for the perfect weather forecast, and others just go for it and hope for the best. A group led by Tom Hayes of Christchurch went in last weekend to Healey Creek Hut to start the renovation of this West Coast hut. The maintenance issues on the hut had been known for a while. New piles needed, new roof, and a more reliable source of water with the installation of a new water tank. Braving robust West Coast autumn weather, the team managed to get the new roof on and build the new tank stand and get it all hooked up with the tank. A start was made on getting the new piles in place but will need another trip to finish. Tom reported the hut was still in pretty good condition despite the old leaking roof and should now be water tight for another 50 years.