The Southern Tasmanian Ski Association has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, the Hon. Matthew Groom MHA, that tenders have been called for the construction of a new public shelter at Mount Mawson within the Mount Field National Park. “This is an exciting development, and one that the Southern Tasmanian Ski Association has been advocating for a number of years” said STSA President Peter Davis. It has been clear for some time that the temporary shipping containers on site are inadequate and STSA has expressed concerns about visitor safety and amenity. It is great news, therefore, that plans for a new purpose-built public shelter at Mt Mawson have now progressed to the pre-construction phase.
The new shelter will incorporate two new buildings to be built on the site of the former Sitzmark lodge that was removed a couple of years ago due to its deteriorating condition.
The buildings will provide a public shelter and toilet facilities for walkers, skiers and snowboarders, in addition to providing ski patrol and first aid facilities for the STSA. There has been extensive consultation by Parks to ensure that the facilities are optimised for the alpine environment, and will enhance the experience of visitors year-round.
The existing temporary shelter and ski patrol shipping container will remain in place until the new buildings are complete to provide facilities and shelter throughout the coming winter, with construction expected to be completed during the next summer period.