Rebuild the burnt settler huts in Namadgi before our history is forgotten

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The historic settler huts in Namadgi National Park in the ACT are the last traces of the rural lifestyle of the early non-Indigenous settlers in the region. Unfortunately two huts, Demandering and Max & Berts, were severely burnt in the catastrophic Orroral Valley fires of 2020 that were accidentally started by a helicopter trying to land.

The ACT Parks & Conservation Service is resisting the efforts of Kosciuszko Huts Association (KHA) to rebuild the huts at no cost to the government. KHA want the huts rebuilt so that the stories of the pioneers, such as Garret Cotter, are not lost once the huts are gone. We have seen this happen with other historic huts in the area. KHA is concerned that this policy will result in the eventual loss of all of these historic huts. 

These were the last two huts in the south eastern region of the park and represent significant chapters in the history of the region. Demandering Hut was built on the family property of Garret Cotter by his grandchildren; Garret was an early convict farmer of the region who was mistreated by the authorities and banished "beyond the limits of location" to the area west of the Murrumbidgee River. Cotter survived with the help of his Indigenous friend Onyong who guided him to pastures during drought and lived intermittently on the property with Cotter. Cotter went on to become a successful and respectable landowner in the area.