A community-based initiative to refurbish the hut initiated by Wildcard Inc’s Friends of the Franklin River Branch through collaboration with the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) Heritage Section. The PWS North-West Region, the Tasmanian Mountain Huts Preservation Society are also involved in the project along with other community donors. Members will also remove redundant infrastructure and undertake track maintenance and rehabilitation works.
Friends of the Franklin River
We are volunteers connected to the Franklin River who are committed to caring for the catchment’s wilderness values. We undertake weed control along the river valley and maintain essential riverside campsites and walking routes.
Due to the remote location white-water rafting or kayaking experience is a prerequisite for some group activities. However our current project is fixing up the public use hut at Sir John Falls on the Gordon River which is frequently used by rafters at the end of their trip. This project does not require white-water skills.
Where we work
Friends of the Franklin River members work within the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The Franklin River is a beautiful and dramatic wild river respected by white-water adventurers and wilderness lovers all over the world. The river’s catchment represents many significant values associated with the area’s reservation and its recognition as a wilderness area of world significance.
What we do
We care for the Franklin River catchment to preserve its value as an iconic wild river of world significance.
In late 2016 we initiated a community-based project to restore the delapidated hut nearby Sir John Falls on the Gordon River. The hut was built in the 1950s by the Hydro Electric Commission, transferred to the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in the 1980s and is now in public use.
Onsite work commenced in December 2019 with the main effort occurring in February and March 2020. The project is a collaboration between Branch members, PWS Heritage Branch and North-West Region, the Mountain Huts Preservation Society, and a range of other community volunteers, contributors and donors.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED in mid-February – early March 2020 Please contact the Branch President, and Volunteer Coordinator Dave Clarke, to discuss how you can be involved.
President – David Clarke – email@example.com