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COVID-19 PAYMENT EXTENSIONS – 2019/2020 Licence

A friendly reminder to anyone who opted for the 6 month COVID-19 licence payment relief extension, the outstanding payment is due 31 October 2020.

2020/2021 Licence Invoices will be issued by DBCA on 1 November 2020

If you have any questions or queries as to your payment status, please don’t hesitate to contact Zoe Moon – Senior Project Officer Wedge & Grey Shacks, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Jurien Bay. Ph 9688 6000

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DBCA Director General Letter – Licence Agreement and Fees 

Prior to the deadline for the May licence payment, WIPA requested a letter be drafted by legal firm Mason Ledger to the DBCA Director General, Mark Webb.  This letter summarises WIPA’s position that the licence fee increase has not been adequately justified by DBCA, nor is the fee fair and reasonable.

Letter to DBCA

Payment of the full licence cost is not seen as acceptance by WIPA for the licence fee increase.

WIPA has invited the DBCA Director General to continue this discussion regarding the licence fee increase so this matter can be resolved to the acceptance of WIPA’s members.

URGENT ATTENTION REQUIRED

OVERDUE DBCA SHACK LICENCE RENEWAL PAYMENTS

Please be advised of the urgency required to pay all outstanding licence renewal payments, If you haven’t already done so.

Due date was 31 May 2020.

Licencees that fail to pay or request an extension, will be issued with a proposed notice of cancellation in line with licence conditions.

If you have any questions or queries as to your payment status, please don’t hesitate to contact: Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Jurien Bay.

Zoe Moon / Senior Project Officer – Wedge and Grey Shacks Ph(08) 9688 6000.

REGIONAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO BE EASED – UPDATED 28/05/2020

WA’s Premier Mark McGowan has announced the next phase of easing restrictions in Western Australia, which has taken effect on Monday 18 May 2020.

During the current pandemic, Western Australians have done an incredible job in stopping the spread of the virus.

Thanks to that hard work, and the measures that had been put in place, we are now ready to take the next step.

The Western Australian State Government has now released Phase 2 Regional Travel Restriction Update.

From Friday 29 May 2020 regional travel restrictions will be lifted, excluding travel to biosecurity zones within the Kimberley region, parts of Shire of East Pilbara and the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku and remote Aboriginal communities.

He also released our roadmap for the easing of restrictions in Western Australia over the coming weeks and months.

To see the roadmap and for more information on the upcoming changes, please visit http://www.wa.gov.au/covid19roadmap

OVERFLOW CAMPING RESTRICTIONS EASED – AS PER CURRENT LICENCE CONDITIONS

WIPA would like to advise all Wedge shack owners, at that overflow camping, as per your licence conditions will also be reinstated.

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HYGIENE

This is a friendly reminder to all shack owners/uses and visitors to the area. Please remember to follow good social-distancing protocols at all times.

Every Western Australian needs to play their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means following good hygiene habits and social distancing.

  • Stay home if you’re sick. Do not go to work or school.
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Don’t make unnecessary physical contact with others. Avoid physical greetings, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.
  • Use tap and pay instead of cash.
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitiser.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a flexed elbow or a tissue; if you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately and appropriately.

For more information see Australian Government advice for social distancing.

WA remains in a State of Emergency, and various restrictions are enforceable by fines of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for businesses. Police officers also have the power to issue $1000 on-the-spot fines.

A little about Wedge
Welcome to Our Community

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.

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Heritage Launch
WIPA/GCCA Media Key Points

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.

This represents the classic WIN – WIN situation for everyone involved

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.

Help Save Wedge
for all West Australians

WA Businesses supporting Wedge Island