Kia Ora Hut Drawing
Kia Ora Hut render east 2 (photograph: PWS)

Kia Ora Hut Facilities

Find out more

K​ia Ora Hut and Toilet Replacements​​​​​

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) invites public submissions on the proposed development to replace the public hut and toilet at Kia Ora overnight node, on the Overland Track (OLT). The proposal will upgrade existing facilities to meet contemporary building and environmental management standards and accommodate the walkers registered on the OLT each day.

Basic facilities are provided on the OLT for the purpose of sustainable management and walker safety. The OLT is Australia's premier alpine walk and attracts approximately 10,000 walkers annually. The proposed public hut reduces the spread of impacts by accommodating walkers in one location and will also provide a refuge from severe alpine conditions. The toilet will be upgraded to a full-capture system.

The proposal is located within the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA). The draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been prepared in accordance with TWWHA Management Plan 2016. The proposal is also consistent with conservation, planning and development legislation, and implements polices and standards to reduce negative environmental impacts.​​​


Project Stages






Stage 1 - Draft Environmental I​mpact Statement (EIS) and supporting information were accepted as suitable for public consultation.

​​​​​

​Stage 2 - Public consultation process advertised in three regional papers. Draft EIS and supporting information available on the ‘Have your say’ page of PWS website.​


Stage 3 - The period for making public submissions has now closed. Final EIS and Submission Report is prepared by PWS, addressing comments received during the public consultation process.
 
Stage 4 - Assessment of the final EIS is completed and PWS prepares an Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) including the submission report and public submissions.
 
Stage 5 - Final EIS, EAR and public submission are published on the PWS website​.

Key Dates

Public consultation period beings:

• Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Close of comment period

• Friday,  30 April 2021

Final EIS assessment completed:

• to be announced

EIS, EAR and public submissions published:

​• to be announced



Reference Documents

  Overland_Track_Kia_Ora_Hut_and_Toilet_Replacement   (4Mb)

  Appendix_1_-_Kia_Ora_Site_Concept_Plan   (2Mb)

  Appendix_2_-_Hut_Plans   (409Kb)

  Appendix_2a_-_Hut_Render   (2Mb)

  Appendix_3_-_Toilet_Plans   (486Kb)

  Appendix_4_-_Grey_Water_System_Design   (2Mb)

  Appendix_5_-_Preliminary_Bushfire_Hazard_Management_Area   (1Mb)

  Appendix_6_-_Additional_Assessment_Criteria_-_TWWHA_Management_Plan   (874Kb)

  Appendix_7_-_MNES_self_assessment   (840Kb)

  Appendix_8_-_Natural_Values_Survey   (2Mb)

  Appendix_9_-_Line_of_Sight_Map_from_nests   (2Mb)

  Appendix_9a_-_Line_of_Sight_Map_from_hut   (2Mb)

  Appendix_10_-_Aboriginal_Heritage_Assessment_Report   (42Kb)

  Appendix_10a_-_Aboriginal_Heritage_Investigation_Report   (42Kb)

  Appendix_11_-_Visual_Impact_Assessment   (8Mb)​