Eyre Peninsula shack owners asked for state policy input

The state government's promise to retain shacks across South Australia, including on the Eyre Peninsula, has taken another step forward as the government calls on shack owners to comment on its Retaining Shacks discussion paper and latest draft legislation.

The discussion paper provides details on the government's findings and work to date, the proposed actions to retain shacks, and specifics on legal barriers and the processes underway to address them.

The proposed actions to retain them in the draft legislation include providing a renewable tenure option for shacks on Crown Land and within national parks, and seeking fair valuation advice for the sale of sites.

It also aims to put an end to the automatic terminating of leases upon the death of the last person on the lease and allow owners to maintain their lease if they upgrade their shacks to meet contemporary standards.

To shape the legislation Environment and Water Minister David Speirs said the government undertook a review of policies and met with shack owners' associations, local councils, legal agencies and bodies, and Traditional Owners.

Mr Speirs said the government was committed to creating new opportunities to retain shacks on Crown Land and in national parks to benefit owners, regional economies and the broader community.

"This is a valuable opportunity for people to help shape the future policy framework for retaining shacks," he said.

"The review has revealed that we have a number of barriers we need to address, including amending the Crown Land Management Act 2009, as well as relevant park management plans.

"We're now at the stage where we are inviting feedback on the discussion paper, as well as the draft amendment bill, which I intend on introducing to parliament in the coming months."

He said he encouraged people to review the paper and provide feedback as it would inform the policy framework.

The paper and draft bill can be viewed on the Department for Environment and Water's website and to provide feedback visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/q6jw538; the survey is open until 5pm, July 15.

For a hard-copy of the paper, bill or survey contact 8821 2588 or email DEWshacks@sa.gov.au.