New lease on life for Crown Land shacks

Monday 06 March 2017
New lease on life for Crown Land shacks

Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths MP believes the introduction of the Crown Land Management (Life Lease Sites) Amendment Bill by the Hon. Michelle Lensink MLC in the Upper House last Wednesday will be welcomed by local shack owners.

This is the third time since 2005 the State Liberals have attempted to amend legislation in support of lessees of shacks on Crown Land who face losing their homes when the last person on their life-lease dies.

"This legislation inserts a new section 44A into the Crown Land Management Act which would allow for renewable tenure and transfer options involving participating councils and current lessees," said Mr. Griffiths.

"There is currently  no incentive for people who have shacks on Crown Land to improve them or maintain them, as when the current tenure holders pass on the tenure reverts to the Crown and the shack has to be pulled down at the expense of the family.

"This Bill offers a permanent solution and gives shackowners greater autonomy and certainty, while ensuring these structures are upgraded to meet modern safety, amenity and environmental standards."

Conditions attached to the legislation includes subletting opportunities between councils and lessees and the formation of council-appointed shack management committees to oversee management of sites.

There are a number of locations around the State where crown land sites exist, including Fisherman's Bay and Pondalowie Bay on Yorke Peninsula, Lucky Bay on Eyre Peninsula, Glenelg River in the South-East, Milang on Lake Alexandrina, and Smoky Bay at Ceduna.

"I have seen first-hand the multi-generation impact the shack freeholding issue has had on the families connected to the shacks, first in my time with Yorke Peninsula Council and in the 11 years since as the local Member, and support those who have not been able to secure tenure from the Labor Government for the last 15 years, to do so."