Help us get Jean Claude Van Tram back on his tracks!
I was fortunate to stay at Camp Kulning and meet the wonderful Ange! It’s honestly my favourite place in the world and I’m devastated this has happened.
While I was there I was inspired to draw a set of illustrations inspired by the camp. This was one that I finished earlier this year, and now I want to share it with you.
ALL proceeds from these sales will go directly to Ange to help re-build Jean Claude Van Tram.
(the following words are from the Go Fund Me page- where you can donate directly)
“On June 9th the severe storm that swept through Victoria caused a tree to fall through and destroy a much loved 95 year old W-Class Melbourne tram. This once-neglected 1920s tram (aka Jean Claude Van Tram) had been lovingly and painstakingly transformed into accommodation over the past 5 years, and had become a unique and popular BnB in the Macedon Ranges. Owner / operator Angela Henley has spent every spare second and cent building up her small business, chipping away and making upgrades whenever possible, and had recently reached a place where she felt she’d finally done the dear old tram justice.
If you know Angela, then you know of her love for this tram. It’s been her passion project and creative outlet, she’s put her all into it and this has left her feeling absolutely devastated. It’s also her livelihood, her job, and the tree falling through the roof has not only crushed the tram but crushed her business.
Storm damage around the property, the tram repairs and the cancellation of existing bookings is estimated to be between $80,000 to $100,000. Because it isn’t a traditional structure it was impossible to have the tram insured. We're hoping to raise $50,000 of this to help Angela cover some costs, and she’s applying for a loan to cover the rest. This includes rebuilding the tram (hiring carpenters, materials, electrics, plumbing, levelling, refurnishing, painting etc), hiring arborists for removal of approximately 20 other large damaged, dangerous and fallen trees on the property so this disaster will never happen again (arborists are expensive, this job alone has been quoted at $25/30k), plus assistance with covering a little of the mortgage and loss of income while the repairs take place.
Prior to the tree falling through it several days ago, the BnB was hosting multiple bookings each week and over the years has received over 400+ 5 star reviews on airbnb . Hundreds of guests have enjoyed good times in this tram, and we’re determined to help get it back up and running as soon as possible so that many more guests can continue enjoying the good times in the future. Here’s a review by recent guest, author Clementine Ford: “Thank you so much to Camp Kulning for hosting me. I cannot stress enough how sublime this place is. There is nothing quite like the feeling of watching the fairy lights that surround Trammy go on at night, nor is there a place better suited to tapping into your muse. It is so peaceful, so artfully considered and lovingly designed. Host Ange has just done such a beautiful job of creating a haven here, and I felt at the end quite bereft to be leaving!"
She restored it once and she’ll restore it again! You can follow the restoration journey on Instagram: @campkulning , and read more about the BnB here: www.campkulning.com. Thank you so much to those who have read this far, any spare change to help rebuild would mean the world.