Work by the Department of Conservation to stabilise the Young Australian Water Wheel site in the Carrick Range above Cromwell means the historic relic will be around for many years to come.
DOC has been working with the Historic Places Trust to rebuild and extend the schist stone wall behind the water wheel, to prevent erosion of the site which has been putting the water wheel at risk.
"Over the years we have made minor attempts to alleviate the problems of erosion. Now, with the completion of this work by stonemasons, we hope this will be a long-term solution. The wheel is the only significant intact relic of the original mining machinery on the Carrick Range” said DOC Central Otago ranger Marion Sutton, who led the restoration project.