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Wedge is much more than just a physical location with beautiful beaches to enjoy on a good day and pristine productive waters offshore.

The community which has evolved over the last 70 years reflects a lifestyle which has all but disappeared elsewhere and gives the settlement a unique sense of place.

This uniqueness is documented in the GML Heritage Assessment (report April 2012 – link) and is what the shack associations are campaigning to save.

Contrary to beliefs held by bureaucrats, the self supporting settlements are open communities and visitors are welcome. There is no demand for traditional government services.

Since 1998, WIPA and the Grey shack association, have been consistently trying to work with the managing government agency (CALM, DEC, DPaW and now DBCA) to bring about a plan which retains this sense of place as opposed to removal of shacks and destruction of the vibrant community. The plan would also accommodate visitor facilities, enable ‘shack stays’ and provide ‘formal’ public access.

Shack leases were issued in 1995 originally for 6 years to terminate in 2001, but due to political lobbying were extended for another 10 years. They were then renewed on a rolling 12 month basis until the current arrangement of a licence till June 2028.

A formal European heritage assessment of the Wedge and Grey settlements was completed and presented to government in 2012 (GML Report April 2012). The findings were unequivocal that State level cultural heritage values exist and should be protected through listing on the State register of Heritage Places.

The Heritage Listing process has stalled, though there is recognition within DBCA of the heritage value of the Shack communities and the settlements.

The primary objectives of the Shack Associations are the retention of the remaining shacks, halting the removal of shacks by DBCA, and the authority to keep the shacks in good order with both minor repairs and maintain structural integrity.

The communities are welcoming of visitors to the Reserve and keen to collaborate in the provision of facilities and services for the general public.

What can you do?

  • As a shack owner comply with the current conditions of your licence and the policies of your shack association
  • As a member of the public be aware of the facts listed below
  • Challenge misinformed comment when encountered
  • Keep up to date by regularly checking this site (and the Facebook Save Wedge page?) and consider participating in any recommended action
  • As a visitor to Wedge or Grey, whether a day visit or an extended stay, share details of your stay and experiences with family, friends and other like minded people


  • The Wedge and Grey Reserves were created under the Land Administration Act for the purpose of ‘parkland, recreation and the letting of cottages thereon’ and vested with CALM originally for managing leases
  • The land is not ‘CALM’ land as defined under the CALM Act and the Land Administration Act still applies in relation to creating a management plan for the reserves
  • $7million in rent/fees has been levied by ‘DPaW’ since 1995 (to June 2015). Annual fees are currently over $1300 per shack and now raise in excess of $540,000pa.
  • The local Shire (Dandaragan) plays no formal role in the management of the settlements
  • DPaW provides no services to the shacks or facilities to the public other than a skip bin and bulk rubbish facility outside the settlements which is financed by shack owners
  • DPaW has not supported numerous attempts by WIPA and GCCA to provide basic public facilities in the 20 years it has had responsibility for the reserves and actively prohibits camping in the area
  • The communities provide first aid, rescue services and first call fire fighting response at no cost to the public
  • Sealed road access into the settlements off Indian Ocean Drive was opened in September 2010 but no public facilities have been established by DPaW
  • 15000 people use the shacks, and there is greater bed-night capacity at Wedge than the self contained facilities at Rottnest
  • There is a cost positive benefit to the State by retaining these communities, but the existing critical mass needs to be maintained
  • Service providers and merchants in Lancelin, Cervantes and Jurien Bay directly benefit from shack custom
  • Protecting the heritage values of the Wedge and Grey shack communities will pay dividends in tourism development and further enhance the local economy.

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