The Wedge Island Protection Association
2021 Calendar is filled with gorgeous photographs capturing stunning scenery, community spirit and most of all precious memories of times spent enjoying all of what Wedge Island has to offer.
Never miss another community event, the calendar will keep you up to date with it’s full list of community events & holidays.
Thank you to all of the families and visitors of Wedge Island who contributed by sending in these wonderful photographs.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.