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Tasmanian building company Island Workshop has built a prototype hut for the Three Capes Track.

The hut has been built at Electrona in the past six weeks with up to 10 people employed, plus sub-contractors. Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Matthew Groom, inspected the prototype hut last Friday.

The building, designed by architects Jacob Allom Wade, has been prefabricated in the factory and will be packed for road and helicopter transport before being assembled at Lunchtime Creek.

Up to three public hut sites are planned for the Denmans Cove to Fortescue Bay section of the Three Capes Track; at Surveyors Cove, Lunchtime Creek and Retakunna Creek.

Each site will accommodate up to 48 walkers in a series of separate buildings linked by decks or walkways, with bunk rooms, separate cooking areas, communal spaces and staff quarters.

The Three Capes Track will give walkers a ‘wilderness on the edge’ experience and at the same time provide safety and comfort.

The huts have been designed to be both simple and elegant. The building is constructed of corrugated iron, cement sheeting and timber. They’ve been designed to protect the people inside, in case of a bushfire.

The prototype hut will soon be disassembled and packed for road transport to the Tasman Peninsula. From there the materials will be packaged for lifting to the site by helicopter. A Parks and Wildlife Service site assembly team led by Phil Duggan, will then begin assembling the hut. The intention is to test the building’s design and its ease of construction through the pre-fabrication and on-site construction process.

Once assembled, the hut will be used by project construction teams.

When completed, the Three Capes Track will be a global attraction, bringing 10,000 walkers to the region and injecting $20 million each year into the economy, supporting 334 direct and indirect jobs in Tasmania.

The total budget commitment for stages 1 and 2 is $25.3 million, with $12.8 million from theTasmanian Government and $12.5 million from the Federal Government.

“We have also committed to invest $4 million towards the completion of Stage 3 of the Three Capes Track and we will continue to work with the Federal Government to secure any additional funding that may be required,” Minister Groom said.

A tender for the construction of the huts will be called later this year.

Prototype hut for Three Capes Track

Minister Matthew Groom (second from left) with Three Capes Track project manager Stuart Lennox, Island Workshop director Matty Gee, and Three Capes Track procurement manager Andrew Wagg.