Do you agree with the Innes National Park Management Plan Draft Amendments?

The proposed amendments aim to support the SA Government’s commitment to create new opportunities for families to retain shacks on Crown land and in national parks, as part of vibrant holiday communities.

Read the  Park Management Plan draft amendments and leave your comment below.

Please note: Your submissions and survey responses will be made publicly available in full on the Department for Environment and Water’s website unless you indicate on the submission or survey that you wish for these to remain confidential. Please also note that any responses that are made on a confidential basis may still be subject to access under Freedom of Information laws.

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Margaret Coles

19 Jan 2020

Our present lease includes two of our three adult offspring. If the amendment will allow our third son to be included on the lease we would be very pleased. At present he has to buy a yearly pass to the park to be able to stay with his parents in the shack he has holidayed in since his birth!
We have been visiting Pondalowie Bay for over 50 years, 38 years as lessees. We appreciate the environment intensely, it is like a "sacred site" to us. We have an ongoing interest in the welfare of the animals, birds and sea life of the park, volunteering to help tree and shrub plantings organised by the rangers. Every walk includes taking a bag to clean up rubbish left by visitors to the park, identifying bird species, helping birds that become entangled in fishing line, reporting feral cats and foxes to the rangers etc. The people in the shacks can see the whole beach and bay and over the years we have helped numerous people who were in trouble on the water in the bay in yachts and boats or have gotten bogged on the beach. Quite a number of tragedies have been averted because of the "shackies". We would like to upgrade the shack with better cladding and toilet facilities. As we get older we need to rely on the next generation to repair and maintain the shacks but if there is limited years of tenure it is not done to a good standard. If the children know that the lease will be passed on to them they will be more enthusiastic and inclined to do a good job.

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Chanae Matthews

09 Jan 2020

I was lucky enough to have a relative who has a shack at Pondalowie Bay when I was a child. We visited once a year for a family holiday. I have very fond memories of these visits. It's here where I found my love for nature and the beautiful South Australian coastlines. I learnt to respect mother nature and all its beauty from a young age because of these holidays. I don't get to visit as much these days but I attend beach clean ups regularly at my local beach and often think about innes national Park. My relatives still have there shacks but are in danger of losing them. If I have children I would love to take them to the same place I learned to love and respect the ocean.

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Department for Environment and Water > Chanae Matthews

10 Jan 2020

Thanks for sharing how you developed a love for nature and that you get involved with looking after your local beach Chanae. Your feedback will be considered by the project team.

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Lee Morgan

03 Jan 2020

Leases should be reviewed at least every 5 years and re-leasing should be based on adherence of the lease conditions. This must be stated in the Management Plan.

The Management Plan should refer to a Policy where there are clear eviction requirements if lessees do not adhere to the lease conditions.
(ie advice in writing to the lessee, then 30 days to respond, & if no response or action then eviction)

The lease conditions should include maintenance of the shacks to a satisfactory standard including paintwork, management of outbuildings and other structures, effluent disposal, waste disposal, and vegetation (including pest plant management) .

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Department for Environment and Water > Lee Morgan

07 Jan 2020

Thank you for taking the time to provide input and share your views Lee. The project team will actively consider your feedback.

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Michael Elliott

26 Dec 2019

Parks are for conservation. So far as human entry is concerned, it should not be dependent on wealth. Resort accommodation is inappropriate.

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Department for Environment and Water > Michael Elliott

07 Jan 2020

Thanks for your comments Michael. The project team will actively consider your feedback.

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