craigs hut official opening this sunday

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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 13:57

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 13:57
$300,000....?? For a group of "volunteers" to rebuild the hut??

That would have to be the most expensive cattleman's hut in the world..??

Next they'll be taking bookings and closing it all off to all except paying tour groups.

I'm not against them rebuiding the various huts, but that does sound ridiculous....unless I've missed something?

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 13:59

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 13:59
All extremely valid points, infact I asked in the other thread if there will be detailed costings available to the public on where 300k went.

apparently they had "Consultants" involved in the process... why I have no idea!
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Follow Up By: flappa - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 14:49

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 14:49
Craigs Hut is not a "real" cattlemans hut is it ?

It was a movie prop.

$300k including consultants to rebuild . . . sorry , sounds like a bit of personal pocket lining going on.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:15

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:15
LOL where do we sign up to get a consultancy gig like that. Talk about snouts in the trough.

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:16

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:16
Im with you Gramps, I'd even be happy to go 1/2s!!!!
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Follow Up By: SteveL - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 19:41

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 19:41
Craig's Hut is a movie prop that you can drive to (almost) in a 2wd.
Not sure what the big deal is.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:38

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:38
Consultants?? Consultants??
Since when has the former Bracks or current Brumby government even considered using consultants??
And of course they would never consider changing their policy now to use consultants would they??

(Sorry its all sarcasm if you have not gathered)
This labour government should be shot for the amount of money spent (Wasted) on consultants.
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Follow Up By: rescue134 - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:40

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:40
no 2wd could get up there last week end, had about 78mm of rain, plus thy 2 days be four doze and graded the track, very slip slip,
this week end is a big opening with a minister ect

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:58

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:58
so the minister is flying in or by Parks 4b?
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Reply By: madcow - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 14:31

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 14:31
We're heading for a drive up that way on Sunday and did not know that was going to happen. We'll be on channel 9 UHF and coming in from Whitfield way.
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Follow Up By: Moose - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 14:47

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 14:47
You and a heap of others I'd say!
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Follow Up By: madcow - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 14:59

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 14:59
Yeh we'll assess it when we get near. might be worth bypassing and head somewhere else.
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Reply By: Jim from Best Off Road - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:10

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:10
300 grand to rebuild a movie prop???

Beggars belief.

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:16

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:16
People should go to some of these display home villages and see what house they can get built on their land for $300k!!!!! most would die!
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 17:54

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 17:54
$300K A very swish 60 square home.....MMMMM
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 22:47

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 22:47
Hey, Jim, hey Jim, it has to be an authentic movie prop ;-))))
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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:21

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:21
I can get a 3 bedroom modular house built in Townsville and trucked to Jabiru for $300000.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Members - Chris/Lindsay (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:48

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 15:48
Apart from all the knockers, do you know any details? is it open access to the hut etc or only black tie and vips.
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Reply By: Redback - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 16:58

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 16:58
Bloody disgrace a hut that's not even a real cattlemens, should be 300k to rebuild.

Have a look at Razorback or Upper Jamison hut or Binderee, Tomahawk or Stones outstation, any of the other real huts.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:15

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:15
is it Upper Jamo thats been half a dozen poles sticking up for years now? They could have thrown $20k at that to finish it.
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Reply By: Member - Franga (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 17:54

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 17:54
I gotta say I take me hat off to the volunteers who put their own time into that project.
If I was Victorian I'd be putting my size 12 and a half steel capped boots on and I'd be looking for the buearocrat that approved the money. What a disgusting waste of money.

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Reply By: jamesw - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 19:33

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 19:33
Would you have liked to have seen it NOT rebuilt at all. 300K may seem a bit steep, but the alternative would be no Craigs Hut at all.
Something to think about for the people who have been there. And, most of the huts have been added on to and rebuilt at some stage. Have a looks at Lovick's Hut, The Bluff and any number of others that have been damaged by fire or time over the years.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:13

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:13
>> Have a looks at Lovick's Hut, The Bluff and any number of others that have been damaged by fire or time over the years.

None of them had 10's of thousands spent on them, let alone 100k's...
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Follow Up By: ddr - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:16

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:16
Do 50k couldnt have been spent & a hut erected? Im sure you have heard of Golden Point hut, is that being rebuilt for 300k? I doubt it.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:19

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:19
LMAO!! depends if membership goes up to counteract it!
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:41

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:41
Why would you want to rebuild it anyway??
As has been said its a movie prop for $hit sake, it has no historical significance its just "Make Believe"
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:55

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:55
I went up over The Bluff last week and there has certainly been some work on the hut restoration. Same for Lovicks. In fact there was a bloke working on the hut at the time and he was (I think) an employee of the Lovick's, working up there, doubling as support for one of the horse riding tours.

I certainly didn't see evidence of government funds being wasted up there...just a bloke with a chainsaw........ Might take a couple of years for them to be finished.

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Mark
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Reply By: jamesw - Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 08:22

Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 08:22
Gentlemen, The word to sum up the discussion is TOURISM. The outlay to rebuild it will be recouped in tourism dollars for the region. You may think that a lot of money has been wasted, and knowing how governments work you are probably right, but in the end the incomes of local businesses will be boosted and that is a good thing.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 at 14:37

Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 at 14:37
A most valid expenditure of the $300k.



in my opinion of course, its not what it cost but what you've got for it
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 at 16:33

Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 at 16:33
what they got was robbed! LMAO!

Will go and see it on the annual trips up there, but .. no use sayin it again!
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 at 16:43

Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 at 16:43
Rather see it spent all over the High Country than given to some struggling artist to produce crap that my 4 yr old cocker spaniel could do after a feed of chocolate
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Follow Up By: jamesw - Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 at 16:45

Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 at 16:45
You make a lot of noise about the cost to rebuild it and that it's not a true high country hut. If you feel so strongly why don't you boycott it and not go back to see it? I can see your point, and it is a valid one, but being a fence sitter is not fair dinkum. So, on our national day, lets just agree to disagree on this one and enjoy all that our great land gives us.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 at 23:15

Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 at 23:15
I agree Bonz, dont get me wrong, I'm not sayin dont spend the 300k, what Im sayin is that they should have spent the 20k on rebuilding Craigs with the volunteers as they did, but the 280k left over instead of lining peoples pockets who have no interest in it or the high country, could have gone to the Parks Vic to look after the dunnys, tracks, and other goodies up in the HCountry.. People keep complaining that tracks are crap, dunnys are never cleaned or non existant due to funding shortages - with spending like this, its no wonder theres a funding shortage!
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 06:58

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