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Derrick Hut stays maintained in good hands

Derrick Hut stays maintained in good hands

Mount Hotham’s Derrick Hut is well looked after by the Wangaratta Ski Club who built the ski hut in 1967, to commemorate the life of Charlie Derrick, a well-known and passionate skier at Mount Hotham in the 60s.

The club carries out yearly working bees to help maintain the appearance of the hut, and in preparation for winter to shield skiers from the elements of the snow and weather.

In March, five members form the ski club carried out a successful working bee with general maintenance around the hut.

Recently, members Nick Derrick, Katherine Gargin and Ben Derrick did additional maintenance works by replacing the main door frame, the architraves around the door, and new hinges to rehang the door. Three windows were replaced and most of the external wall of the hut and the toilet wall was repainted.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Derrick Hut, which saw older Wangaratta Ski Club members come together for a reunion, some who had not been back for years. (see article here)

Member of Wangaratta Ski Club, Nick Derrick, said that it was important to maintain the Derrick Hut because its history and recognition meant a lot to the club.  

“The hut means a fair bit to the club as it was built a year after Charlie Derrick’s death, and there are quite a lot of club members that are passionate about keeping it maintained and in good condition, so other people can enjoy it,” Mr Derrick said.

“We sort of get out to check it at least once a year. There are members that go out now and then over summer and winter, but a lot of members go out there quite regularly.

“The works we did this summer were more major than what normally needs doing, so it was a really good tidy up this year.

“It’s in pretty good shape this winter, but there are definitely a few things that we need to do next summer, and always that bit of routine maintenance that needs doing,” he said.


25 May 2017