Wedge Island is located north of Lancelin and south of Cervantes on the Western Australian coast some 180 km north of Perth. The island itself lies within the Turquoise Coast islands nature reserve group, a chain of some 40 islands. The settlement is now home to approximately 350 beach shacks which were built on Crown land at Wedge Island and Grey settlements between the 1950s and 1980s by fishermen and pastoralists.
These shacks have been home to WA holiday makers for the past 70 years who have visited the area to enjoy the pristine beaches and engage in a variety of activities including four wheel driving, sand boarding, surfing, kitesurfing, fishing, swimming and snorkeling.
The Wedge Island Community consists of a diverse range of people from all walks of life who have enjoyed and appreciated Wedge Island as a holiday destination. Generations of Western Australian kids have grown up holidaying in this healthy environment.
Due to it’s previously remote location a strong sense of community has developed amongst the inhabitants and regular visitors to Wedge Island.
The community has autonomously and democratically addressed the many issues a community has to face to survive in such a remote location. Issues such as harvesting water and power, protection from the elements, first aid and fire-fighting to name a few.
The community is strongly committed to protecting the wildlife, natural fauna and local environment and preserving the natural beauty of Wedge for future generations of West Australians to enjoy in the years to come.
Both Wedge & Grey Shack Associations are delighted with the findings of the Wedge & Grey Shack Settlements Cultural Heritage Assessment and strongly support the recommendations of the consultants to progress listing onto the WA Register of Heritage Places.
A WIN for WA families and the general public as it ensures they can continue to gain access to the unique shack community recreational lifestyle as well as enabling public facilities being established
A WIN for the shack communities as it creates certainty for the future to protect the Wedge & Grey sense of place
A WIN for the government as it identifies a way forward to produce a sustainable management plan
A WIN for the Shire of Dandaragan as formal site controls can proceed and the iconic shack settlements can be added to the tourism assets in the region leading to economic growth
The National Trust of WA is to be commended for commissioning the professional report undertaken by Godden Mackay Logan in collaboration with Context Pty Ltd.
We look forward to working with the Heritage Council of WA, NTWA, the Minister and the Shire to develop a sustainable Conservation Management Plan to protect the documented cultural heritage values and create public access.