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The replacement of Windy Ridge hut on the Overland Track has been put out to tender by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said the project involves the replacement of the existing walker's hut and provision of staff quarters for rangers and track workers.

"The existing hut is small and has reached an age where replacement is really the only option in terms of upgrading the facility," Mr Mooney said.

Windy Ridge hut is one of the five overnight stops on the Overland Track, situated at the base of the Du Cane saddle, near the headwaters to the Narcissus River.

"The Overland Track is Tasmania's premier walking track attracting over 7500 walkers from 1st November 2006 to 30th April this year," Mr Mooney said.

"Providing adequate and up to date facilities is an important part of the management of this track and this project will be partly funded by fees from Overland Track walkers.

"The design of the hut has incorporated a number of innovative ideas and will double the current capacity to sleep 24 people.

"It is located in a sensitive environment, so the new hut is to be built on the site of the current hut with materials being recycled wherever possible.

"As the location is approximately 10 kilometres north of Lake St Clair, this will prove to be a very challenging project.
"We are hopeful that the tender will attract a qualified builder with a passion and interest in working in such a sensitive and remote environment."

The new hut complies with the World Heritage Area Management Plan and has been granted development approval by the Meander Valley Council. It was designed by BSPM architects.

A request for tender and other details may be obtained from BPSM Architects ph 6223 7311 or email bpsm@bpsm.com.au, fax 6223 7311.