Shacking up for the long term

The State Liberals today introduced legislation to give lasting peace of mind to hundreds of South Australian shack owners.

If passed, the legislation will allow lessees of ‘life-lease’ shack sites to enter into permanent arrangements, reinforcing the State Liberal’s longstanding commitment to allowing South Australian shack owners to enjoy their properties for generations to come.

Shadow Minister for the Environment David Speirs is concerned that approximately 300 shack owners are currently in a situation where they will lose their homes when the last person on their lease dies.

"South Australians holding ‘life-leases’ on their shacks have been kept in a constant state of uncertainty by the Weatherill Labor Government, who at the stroke of a pen can cancel the lease and all associated property rights," Mr Speirs said.

"As the situation currently stands, leases can’t be transferred or renewed, meaning there is simply no incentive for site owners to invest in a property which they could lose in the blink of an eye.

"Allowing renewable and transferable tenure under the proposed legislation gives shack owners greater autonomy and certainty, while ensuring these structures are upgraded to meet modern safety, amenity and environmental standards.

"Most importantly these legislative amendments will help preserve a historic piece of South Australia’s holiday culture for decades into the future, providing an affordable retreat for generations of families and friends and bringing in important tourism dollars to local towns."