New facilities for Lake Dobson campers

The new facilities at Mt Field’s Government Huts.

VISITOR facilities have been given a boost in the alpine section of the Derwent Valley’s Mt Field National Park.

Liberal Lyons MHA John Tucker said new amenities at the popular “Government Huts” would enhance the experience of visitors, bushwalkers and skiers staying overnight.

Mr Tucker said the new facilities had been locally designed and built to sensitively match the traditional hut profiles of the adjacent historic buildings.

The upgrade includes new toilets with disability access, in a new building designed to mirror the weathered look of the adjacent huts, and recladding has been done using hand-split palings, in keeping with the original build and to maintain the heritage feel of the site.

The Parks and Wildlife Service says the Government Huts, situated just off the Lake Dobson Rd at the 1000m elevation, were built in the 1940s for road workers. They were later moved to their present location near Lake Dobson and have been used by school groups and walking clubs for more than 50 years.

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