Thursday, 23 March 2017
SHACKOWNERS... Life-lease shack lessees Jim Powell, Horst Aston, Robert Voet, Emma Lydon and association president Brenton Chivell, pictured during a working bee in Innes National Park, hope they will soon have the opportunity to enter into a permanent arrangement for their shacks. SHACKOWNERS... Life-lease shack lessees Jim Powell, Horst Aston, Robert Voet, Emma Lydon and association president Brenton Chivell, pictured during a working bee in Innes National Park, hope they will soon have the opportunity to enter into a permanent arrangement for their shacks.

Shacking up for the long term

FOR the third time since 2005 a bill to allow life-lease shack lessees to enter into permanent arrangements has been introduced into in the state’s Upper House by Michelle Lensink MLC.

The legislation would create renewable tenure and transfer options for lessees who, as it currently stands, face losing their homes when the last person on the life-lease dies.

“Currently there is no incentive for people who have shacks on Crown land to improve 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 family’s expense,” Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths said.

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