Lucky Bay celebrates centenary

READY: Lucky Bay Shack Owners Association's Colin Boothey and president Sue Chase have been preparing this party for months.
READY: Lucky Bay Shack Owners Association's Colin Boothey and president Sue Chase have been preparing this party for months.

Lucky Bay is ready to come alive on the weekend, with the celebration of 100 years since the first shack was built along the beach.

The Lucky Bay Shack Owners Association has been preparing for the event for a year, with planning ramping up over recent months leading up to the event on Saturday, January 12.

While the date of the building of the first shack is unknown, locals believe George and Mary Stenning built the first permanent house in the area in 1919.

From then on the settlement grew, with as many as five generations of some families spending their childhood summers in the area.

Association president Sue Chase said she spent every summer holiday at Lucky Bay as a child, and now owns a shack with her own family.

“Our kids have grown up here too and now they’re bringing their kids here,” she said.

Ms Chase said the shack community was a strong one, often going from shack to shack each night for shared barbecues.

“It’s a very social scene here.”

The celebration, likely to bring hundreds to the bay from the morning until well into the evening, comes at a time of uncertainty for shack owners, with the rolling 30 year lease of the land expiring in just six years.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey and Member for Flinders Peter Treloar will be attending the celebration, with Mr Treloar speaking at the event.

Ms Chase said she hoped Mr Treloar would provide clarity on the state government’s plans for renewing the tenure.

“I’ve asked him to outline what the government are doing for us,” she said.

The community has come together to provide activities throughout the day, kicking off with the Lions Markets and concluding with the Cowell fireworks.

Highlights will include a fishing competition, and a Cowell versus Kimba multi-sport ‘battle of the beach’.

To the excitement of the locals, there will be an historic one-day-only re-opening of the old shop, which shut its doors more than 10 years ago.