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Casey Hut – FMC requesting feedback

This notice is being sent to all FMC-affiliated clubs in Canterbury, Westland and Nelson-Marlborough, and NZ-wide clubs with a single national body.

As most of you will be aware, Casey Hut in Arthur’s Pass National Park burned down in October 2015. The hut was a popular destination for families, tramping groups, international visitors and youth groups, and is one of the few huts in the National Park that can be tramped in inclement weather.

The Department of Conservation undertook a review of Casey Hut in January 2016 and ultimately recommended that the hut not be replaced.

As an outdoor community, we know how unique our backcountry hut network is. Sadly, our huts are being removed faster than they are being built.

With 20,000 members comprising trampers, skiers, climbers, canyoners, and people with an affinity for our backcountry, FMC is in a unique position to bend DOC’s ear on this issue.

DOC have agreed to consider feedback from the wider outdoor community before a final decision is made. FMC is collating this feedback and will present it to DOC at the end of April 2016.

We would love to what our member clubs have to say about the proposal not to replace Casey Hut. Even if you’ve never visited Casey Hut or Arthur’s Pass National Park, this is an opportunity to have your say about DOC’s decision-making processes when it comes to huts.

We warmly welcome your feedback via the link below. Please feel free to forward either the link or this email to other people you feel may have an interest in the future of Casey Hut. The link also contains the report from DOC that recommended the hut not be replaced.

Feedback link

If you have any queries regarding this issue, please feel free to contact me directly.

Kind regards,

 

Tania Seward

FMC Executive – Christchurch
tania@seward.co.nz

0204 000 2826

Posted: 29/02/16

Posted By: Margaret McMahon