THE Franklin Harbour District Council is being proactive about the future security of shacks at Lucky Bay and is getting things in order to extend their overarching lease.
At last months council meeting it was reiterated that any building works that are to take place on any Lucky Bay shacks are to be certified by a qualified building surveyor to ensure that existing building structure is able to withstand the further building or demolition without the need for alterations to the existing structure.
The council’s chief executive officer, Terry Barnes explained that the council were doing what was best for shack owners and the area in the long run.
“Council has a lease with the State Government over the Lucky Bay Shack site and this lease runs out in 2026.
“There is a management plan which was agreed to between Council and the shack owners which must be complied with in order for Council to continue to lease the individual shack sites,” he explained.
Mr Barnes also explained that the council were hopeful of having the existing lease extended by ten years which meant it was vital for all invested parties to make sure they had conformed to the Management Plan.
“Council’s overarching lease can be extended by 10 years if certain conditions are met,” he said. “Council will be approaching the State soon with a view to seeking this 10 year extension so it is important that all parties fulfil their obligations under the Management Plan.
“Some type of building work is not permitted under the Plan, so to protect council but more importantly the shack owners; council has adopted the requirement to ensure a shack will be able to support any alterations,” he said.
Mr Barnes said that council aimed to avoid any accidental breaking of the Management Plan, which it is hoped would assist in the council’s case when they seek a lease extension on behalf of the Lucky Bay shack owners.