When the Poatina Power Station was built in the late 1950’s, Poatina Village was constructed nearby to house the workforce. When Hydro Tasmania sold the entire Village in 1995 to Fusion Australia only five families were living there. Today the population is around 100.
Fusion Australia is a home grown, not for profit Australian Christian Youth and Community organisation that has worked with young people and their communities throughout Australia for over 50 years. There are 18 centres around the country with approximately 200 full-time staff and thousands of volunteers. Fusion is now operating in more than a dozen other countries in the world.
Fusion uses some of the Poatina facilities throughout the year in their Youth and Community training programmes. The village now has the Golden Chain Chalet Motel and Hostel plus 12 self-contained, double storey, mountain cottages, a 9 hole Golf Course, Post Office, Garage, General Store, Restaurant and Cafes. It is also the home of the Althea Mountain Retreat Arts Centre and Hot Glass Studio.