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Mount Hart This is the story of our Battle which went public on the 6th December For those of you who are returning to this page to see how we are going Click Here Gidday, My name is Taffy Abbotts and over the last 20 years I have created Mt Hart homesteads and gardens into an icon of tourism in the whole of the Kimberley, in partnership with The Department of Enviroment ad Conservation D.
C formerly known as C. M conservation and Land Management. At 64 years of age they have now informed me that they are not going to renew the contract of services agreement I have with them, after November and they are going to take Mt Hart out for expressions of interest.
They have large corporations interested in getting the Mt Hart lease which means I don't stand a chance. They have told me they are not taking my business out as a going concern with the lease, which means I am going to loose my home, my livelihood, my business and the country I love.
DEC informed me on 26th November via the state solicitor that they do not owe me anything for the capital works I have completed at my own expense. And you can imagine how I felt about that And that they will only pay you this money if and when they decide everything they are taking away from you has been left in a reasonable condition….
And I bet you would feel the same way…. For those of you already know how much work I have done at Mt Hart, you can read a shorter version of this story that just outlines my current plight if you: Click Here If you would prefer you can watch a 12 minute you-tube film outlining all the work I have done at Mt Hart and my plight by; Clicking Here Or if you already know what I have done at Mt Hart you can watch a shorter 7 minute you-tube film that just outlines my current plight by; Clicking Here Otherwise please keep reading to see a detailed outline of the work I have done, photographs showing how much of my own finances, sweat equity, labour, blood, sweat and tears have gone into building Mt Hart over the past 20 years It had been in receivership with Elders for 3 years and only the bare minimum had been spent on the place.
There was only the original homestead here which was semi derelict, an old ramshackled building known back then as the old 'canteen' or 'mess', the manager's house which was also derelict, and a couple of sheds. M conservation and land management of Western Australia —now known as D.
C Department of Environment and conservation had declassified Mt Hart as a viable cattle station and took over the property turning it into a conservation estate.
I negotiated with C. C in order to set up a tourist business out here, under a contract of services licensing agreement. The original semi derelict old homestead when I came here had no door frames, no window frames, bare concrete floors and whitewashed walls Here's the original homestead in No two window frames or door frames were the same size, so each one had to be made individually and then flyscreened.
M I renovated the house adding more rooms so that it could finally house 13 people overnight. I also added on a stone sitting room Here's the stone sitting room I built Here's what the outside of the stone sitting room looks like now Each one of these granite blocks for the stone sitting room came from 50km away Here's me taking a smoko break in between carting rocks for the stone sitting room and building the stone walls back in It took me 3 years to restore the original homestead and convert it so it was suitable for guest accommodation.
Here's what the inside of the building looked like during restoration Here's what the inside of this building looks like now After this, with the approval of C. M I set about building the dining room. I gutted the derelict canteen keeping the existing roof Here I am back in the early 90's gutting the inside of the derelict canteen to turn it into a restaurant This is what the inside of the restaurant looks like now Then I laid the cement slab, erected the tin and steel walls and all that took me around 8 months to do.
This is the old canteen looked like from the outside when I started working on it This is what the old canteen looked like from the outside prior to renovation This is the restaurant today Once again mostly at my own expense with the approval of Allen Grosse the then district manager of C.
Here are some photos of a chippie I employed helping me renovate the kitchen halfway through renovation Here is a photo of the kitchen today This is the office prior to it's construction Here's a photo of me in the process of constructing the office This is the office as it is today I got all that done and then with C.
So now we were able to take 23 tourists overnight. M put up the majority of funds to build the new homestead. Myself and a group of contracted labourers built the frame, put on the roof, poured the cement slab, built the walls with a team of men. Once that was all done off all the labourers went and I was left to finish off render the walls with cement, paint the walls, wire the whole thing, put up flyscreens around the verandah, and finish it all off ready to start the tourist season, once again all at my own expense.
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