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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
46 greensmart 9 The project has been awarded the 2008 HIA GreenSmart Development of the Year. 'My wife just about jumped over her chair when we heard it -- we were ecstatic to win. We really did our homework and looked at the strength of what was here and carried that through in regenerating the land, but taking great care in the design as well,' Andy says. The site was originally built on in 1948 to house the workers on the Kiewa Hydro Scheme. In 1951, the government withdrew funding in favour of the Snowy Hydro Scheme and the site began trading as the Mount Beauty Chalet, enjoying a long history as a holiday destination catering for 270 guests at the pinnacle of its existence. However, a fire in the early '90s destroyed major parts of the site and the chalet was left neglected for many years. 'When we bought it all the windows were smashed and it was in an absolute derelict state. But I was always very interested in ESD [ecologically sustainable development] and I knew I had some really good raw material to use,' Andy says. During construction most of the older buildings were demolished, but all of the structural, framing and flooring timber was recycled. No unuseable materials were carted off, and the couple has even retained various pieces of timber with markings made by local townsfolk. About 400 cubic metres of timber that couldn't be salvaged was mulched on site and used to re-establish the gardens (400m3 of mulch equates to 1200m3 of raw material). Concrete from the old building was crushed and used as a road base and swale lining, while other materials such as copper, copper cables, steel and roofing iron were also salvaged. On one occasion, the couple gave some roofing iron to a local gold mine that needed it at the time. The owner unexpectedly returned the favour with a gold nugget, which is now The five-acre site has enjoyed a long history of holiday-making in the alpine region. When the government withdrew funding for the Kiewa Hydro Scheme in 1951, it comprised 11 different buildings and accommodated 272 people. It wasn't until 1956 that it became the Mount Beauty Chalet, for which it was most well known. The chalet guesthouse was established when the State Electricity Commission sold the staff quarters to a private company. It was operated very successfully and catered for 140 guests. In 1973, the Goznik family was appointed to manage it. At this time, the chalet was quite run down but the family added a ski hire facility, an indoor spa and an outdoor swimming pool. Mr Jung bought the business in 1988 and operated the chalet as a guesthouse for a couple of years. A fire destroyed major parts of the dining hall and kitchen in the early 1990s, and although the owner undertook various minor renovations, the chalet never fully recovered. La Task Pty Ltd bought the site in 2002. living history ABOUT 400 CUBIC METRES OF TIMBER THAT COULDN'T BE SALVAGED WAS MULCHED ON SITE AND USED TO RE-ESTABLISH THE GARDENS smarthomes