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

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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 2 December 2019 to 28 February 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.

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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Andrew Nielsen

28 Feb 2020

I fully support the SA Governments proposed amendments to the Innes National Park management plan section 4.7.4.
Allowing the leases to be transferable allows for more generations/more families to enjoy them over time.
Leaseholders are more connected to the location and take more care to maintain the National Park.

Masaki Kodaka

28 Feb 2020

I fully support the proposed amendments to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4.
I am Japanese and I have been living in Australia since 2007.
Mr. and Mrs. Strauss have a shack in Pondalowie Bay.
5 generations of the Strauss family and their friends have been holidaying at their shack.
It is so unique to see them having a shack and maintain or upgrade the shack with help of their family members and friends. It is definitely one of the great Australian culture in my points of view.
I am convinced that the culture is legacy for the next generation.

Masaki Kodaka

Lisa Strauss

28 Feb 2020

I fully support the proposed amendment to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4
I have been visiting Innes National Park and Pondalowie Bay for 30 years with my family. The shacks on the dunes are not only iconic but I have seen evidence of the shack owners caring for the environment and helping other visitors on the beach having difficulty with vehicles being bogged and with mechanical problems. If the current shack holders continue to comply with environmental rules I see no reason why these beautiful shacks should be removed and I believe the hard work put into the care of these properties should be allowed to handed down to family members.

Chris McNeil

28 Feb 2020

As a great majority have echoed here I fully support the proposed amendments to the current management plan.
I was previously employed with the Department of Environment and Water and have been lucky enough to stay at the shacks on many occasions over the past two decades. I can vouch for the great care, consideration and due diligence each of the lease holders have for not only their properties but for the amazing environment in which they reside. They play an important role in the care for Innes National Park and the safety of those who visit. Allowing these leases and the lessons and community minded behaviours that go along with them to be passed down to future generations of family should be an absolute no brainer.

IAN JANZOW

28 Feb 2020

I aquired Shack 4 in 1884 and even though my Sister and her Husband then became the Lessees, I upgraded it over 10 years and also just recently to make it functional AND compliant using my unrestricted General Contractor's Licence (Design Build Services) - still current.

IAN JANZOW

28 Feb 2020

If there is a lease change for the shacks at Pondalowie Bay - DO NOT demolish the shack.
This was a rule in the lease by that previous nasty destructive Labor Government.
Simply advertise so another lessee can take it, pay the lease, and let them enjoy that wonderful environment

David Thackrah

28 Feb 2020

The Innes National Park could be considered for a millionaires "get away" hotel. Similar to the development on Kangaroo Island (now destroyed) such an operation is the ideal situation for these people. Airport facilities are at a high level and Customs and Immigration facilities can be established in conjunction wit the port where their yachts could tie up. More over a standard gauge railway could be put through from Whyalla via Cleve to provide high class railway offerings too. The southern coast across the Esperance is wide open as an unknown gem for the really wealthy. Careful organisation would create a huge amount of jobs and careers in hospitality.

Ruby Strauss

28 Feb 2020

I support the draft amendments to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003.
Section 4.7.4 - I disagree with the current Management Plan to demolish shacks after life-tenure expires and support the draft amendment "All shacks within the park will be managed under lease with conditions". With this amendment, Lessees can continue to assist with environmental protection of the Innes National Park. Thank you to the Department for Environment and Water project team for valuing the feedback of the community in this decision.

Dylan Lesiuk

27 Feb 2020

I fully support the SA Governments proposed amendments to the Innes National Park management plan section 4.7.4.
My auntie and uncle are lessees of a shack at Pondalowie Bay. We have been visiting the park since we were children. One of my first memories was rattling along the corrugated roads on entry thinking the doors of the car might fall off. My grandparents, parents, myself and hopefully future generations will have the experiences that we have had through the shacks. Many memories and learnings have been had in the park. The time we have spent at the shack has improved how we think and care for the environment.
Over the years we have seen many vehicles become bogged on the beach and there is always a helping hand. People staying in the bay care for the bay, clean the beaches and assist visitors. We have had countless conversations with park visitors at Pondalowie Bay and introduced many people to Innes National Park.
It would great if the shack lessees were afforded more freedoms to allow them to share their shacks with others by the means of adding additional family members to the lease and additional flexibility to short term rent the shacks. This would allow local and international visitors to experience the magic of the shacks at Pondalowie Bay, Innes National Park and of course bring extra money to the region and the park.
A provision to allow other people to be added the lease would also give the lessees more confidence in spending the money required to maintain, improve and allow shacks to become even more environmentally friendly knowing that the shack will exist for many years to come.
As I have witnessed over the years shack lessees have implemented a range of more environmentally and sustainable facilities. These include eco friendly toilets, solar and wind energy generation. I’m sure lessees would be more than accepting of any additional requirements.
The fisherman village adds to the charm and history of the bay and visitors are always welcomed.

Jordan Lesiuk

27 Feb 2020

I also fully support the proposed amendment to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4

I have been visiting pindalowe bay for over 30 years and I have many cherished memories growing up there, after staying there it makes you appreciate the smaller things in life.

This is a place where you can go alone, with your partner or with your family and create amazing memories, I am just one of the generations that has been lucky enough to experience Pondalowie Bay in it’s true beauty

Jason Dawson

27 Feb 2020

I fully support the proposed amendment to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4
I’m lucky enough that my grandparents bought the lease to our family shack “ the happy house “ shack 18 at Pondalowie Bay in the early 60’s
This is a place where all of the family came together , all the cousins, we spent time with our grandparents , our parents and the wider Pondi family
We played , learnt , and grew up together in a beautiful safe place we call home , and as I’ve I grown older I’ve watched the generation do the same
Having the opportunity to be able to continue having the shack in our family , and the shacks of all of the pondi family , will give us the opportunity for the generations to come to be able to experience this wonderful place and the people who live and holiday there as we did
And pass on the experiences and the memories our nana and pop and our parents gave us

Louise Lesiuk

27 Feb 2020

I also fully support the proposed amendment to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4

My sister and brother in law have a shack at Pondalowie Bay. Three generations of our family have been going to Pondalowie Bay for holidays for the past 35 years to this wonderful beach and fantastic surroundings.
Shack owners and their families have an interest in caring for the local environment by picking up rubbish from the beach, helping people whose cars bogged amongst many other things. Being on site in case of emergencies.
Making the lease transferable would enable many more generations to visit this wonderful place and children to learn about the environment and be of service to care for the environment.

Robert Arandeovic

27 Feb 2020

I fully support the proposed amendment to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4
My parents introduced me to Pondalowie Bay from about 2 weeks of age. Now in my early 40's I have countless cherished memories created by the parks beaches, shacks and people.
Many of those people to this day have become life long friends to my family. Hopefully my children will be able to enjoy and create their own memories in this beautiful part of the world.
Again i am in full support of any positive action's that can contribute to the continuation and preservation of the shacks at Pondy.

Shinobu Kodaka

26 Feb 2020

I fully support the proposed amendments to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4.
I am Japanese and living in Australia for the last 13 years.

My dear family friend has one of the shacks at Pondalowie Bay and it has been an absolute privilege to have spent my holiday there.

From an international visitor’s point of view, Innes National Park is such a unique place, where professional fisherman and shack residents are living in harmony, contributing to protect the environment as much as they can to keep Innes National Park a precious place as it has been for so many years.

There are many places you can enjoy fancy accommodation anywhere on Australian beaches but spending time in a shack at Pondalowie always make me realise how peaceful it is to blend into Australian nature and enjoying a simple lifestyle. Whenever I spend time at Pondalowie Bay I can always make myself focus on what is really important to me, which is a very difficult thing to do in our everyday busy lifestyle. Retaining the shacks will ensure a rare experience for all international and local visitors.

Shinobu Kodaka

Kent Lesiuk

25 Feb 2020

I support the proposed amendments to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4. All shacks within the park will be managed under lease with conditions.

I have been visiting Innes NP and staying at Pondalowie Bay for over 30 years. Over the years I have been visiting and like all of the shack lessees we have assisted visitors in the park, with medical emergencies, car accidents, boats who have run aground, retrieval of vessels, who have landed in trouble from getting bogged in the sand or had trouble with launching and retrieving their boats and cars from unexpected surf. Without having visitors at the shacks I believe it would be fair to say that the assistance would not have been as easily available putting lives at risk.

Shack lessees are acutely aware of visitor’s needs within the park, on land or at sea. They can monitor situations involving injured animals, park visitor’s behaviour, littering, vandalism, theft, bad fishing practices, boating incidents and other incidents. Lessees are there when rangers cannot be there (and at no expense to ratepayers); ensuring that ‘park values and other park users’ experiences are maintained’.

I have extremely fond memories of family trips to the shack from childhood, where I learnt to respect and care for the precious coastal environment. Upcoming generations should have the opportunity to learn and create memories with family, connecting with nature which is not possible in suburban areas.

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Department for Environment and Water > Kent Lesiuk

26 Feb 2020

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

Richard Provis

25 Feb 2020

As a member of the Dangerfield family “shack 9” I support the proposed amendments to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003. The Dangerfield family have been holidaying at Pondalowie Bay for the past 60+ years and would love to continue holidaying in this simple way. Making the lease transferable with reasonable conditions would be very much appreciated.

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Department for Environment and Water > Richard Provis

26 Feb 2020

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

Rex Dangerfield

24 Feb 2020

Rex Dangerfield
24 Feb 2020

Support the proposed amendments to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4.
Sa long time lessees we are pleased that the conditions of the leases are being reviewed.

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Department for Environment and Water > Rex Dangerfield

26 Feb 2020

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

Des Mead

24 Feb 2020

Hi my name is Des mead I am one of the leaseholders of a shack at Pondalowie Bay along with my Mum and two sisters.

Our family gives its full support of the proposed changes to the plan.

Dad purchased the shack approximately 65 years ago and we have been regular visitors there for the fantastic fishing, holidays and just having a break.
My two daughters have been brought up there for holidays from when they were babies and they have loved the place now in their 40is they are now bringing their children to the shack.
Dad purchased the shack from two professional Cray fishermen, the Kemp Brothers, and we have steadily upgraded and improved the shack over the years.
I remember when we first went to Pondy the Waratah Gypsum mining was still working and we would sometimes have to drive through Inneston because of the poor road conditions..
The road was very narrow some of it sandy and some outcrops of limestone would slow your progress
Under the current plan their stay will not be possible and it is with great joy that this new Lease arrangement will allow the Leases to continue.

We as a family will continue with our volunteering (which we enjoy doing with other shackowners) in the Park in support of the Rangers and the Management Team at Innes,
Our children have said that they will also contribute their time in volunteering well into the future for as long as the Lease is in place.

We are quite willing to adhere to any new arrangements that a new Lease would require, eg. in the way of a common effluent system, as a condition of the Lease being transferable into the future.
Over many years like all of the shack owners we have assisted visitors at the Bay who have landed in trouble from getting bogged in the sand or had trouble with launching and retrieving their boats and cars from unexpected surf.
We have been involved with the rescue a number of boats that have come to grief in the bay, and have witnessed the Cray fishermen going out to sea in their cray cutters to rescue larger boats out to sea.

We love the place and would love to see the new changes take place.

Regards

Des Mead

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Department for Environment and Water > Des Mead

26 Feb 2020

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

Jed Paul

23 Feb 2020

I fully support the proposed amendments to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4

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Department for Environment and Water > Jed Paul

26 Feb 2020

Thanks for your input Jed.

Matilda Strauss

23 Feb 2020

I support the proposed amendments to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4

This beautiful place has been a special part of my life growing up and to my family long before I was born. The small community in the area are wonderfully passionate about respecting the environment and I believe are a big contribution to the care of the park. I have always considered it my home and hope that my own family in the future can too.

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Department for Environment and Water > Matilda Strauss

26 Feb 2020

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

Emily Strauss

23 Feb 2020

I fully support the proposed amendments to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4

I have been fortunate enough to have spent my childhood visiting Pondy and the family shack, and I hope I can do the same for my children in the future.

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Department for Environment and Water > Emily Strauss

26 Feb 2020

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

Darrell Strauss

23 Feb 2020

I fully support the proposed amendments to the Innes National Park Management Plan 2003, section 4.7.4. A Pondalowie Bay shack has been leased by our family for 32 years.

I’ve always spent as much time as I could at the family shack and absolutely love Innes National Park. My parents and grandparents regularly holidayed in the area before it even was a National Park. My choice of career as an Oceanographer and Coastal Scientist is directly related to my upbringing among such a caring and passionate coastal community.

Section 4.7.4 of the Act currently states the following objective: ‘Achieve effective, on-going partnerships with lessees that are mutually beneficial to all parties.’. Amending the act as proposed supports this objective.

Shack lessees and their family and friends provide an invaluable service to the local community and visitors to the park. The presence of shack owners during an emergency can be lifesaving, though they occupy a very small area of the park.

Shack lessees are acutely aware of visitor’s needs within the park, on land or at sea. They can monitor situations involving injured animals, park visitor’s behaviour, littering, vandalism, theft, bad fishing practices, boating incidents and other incidents. Lessees are there when rangers cannot be there (and at no expense to ratepayers); ensuring that ‘park values and other park users’ experiences are maintained’.

The shack community and their families and friends are long-term champions of the park, its environment, culture and heritage. Shack users contribute to the local economy, pass on their knowledge and they care for the environment; these values should be shared with future generations.

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Department for Environment and Water > Darrell Strauss

26 Feb 2020

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

Beryl Arandelovic

22 Feb 2020

I fully support the proposed amendments to the Innes National Park management plan section 4.7.4 in reference to Pondalowie Bay.
Pondy has been an absolute favourite holiday destination for our family and friends, it is such a magnificent place with plenty of outdoor activity's for children and adults. We have been going to Pondy for over 40 years and never ever got tired of it or found another place that is equal or better.
As a family we spent every Xmas, long weekends, Easter etc holidaying there, it was a wonderful place, still is. Originally we used to stay in the campgrounds, before being lucky enough to stay in one or two of the shacks that our friends have a lease for.
The times that we spent there were very special times and many great memories are forever in our hearts.

The shack owners really look after their shacks, having made many improvements over the years. They in particular love everything about Pondy, they look after and protect their environment. i certainly wish that their future generations are able to enjoy all that Pondy has to offer just as they have in the past.The amendments will hopefully provide this security.

Pondy to this day still takes my breath away,i love driving into the village and anticipate what lies ahead, i love nothing more than sitting outside that shack and enjoying those magnificent views, going for walks and spending quality time with good friends and family, and really hope to be able to continue to do so.

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Department for Environment and Water > Beryl Arandelovic

26 Feb 2020

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

Karen Dutschke

21 Feb 2020

Hi,
I fully support the proposed amendments to the Park Management Plan Section 4.7.4.
I am one of the many Dutschke siblings that have used Shack No.5 for many years.
My Father bought it along with 2 of his mates while he was in his early 20's and is now about to turn 92.
Him and his mates would stay at Pondy for up to 10 days after they had completed their harvests just to get some down time.

I am now 62 and have been going to Pondy since I was 10 years of age, and as my sibling brothers got to this age they too were allowed to come down. Pondy has been a real bonding place for my Dad's sons and sons-in-law, there siblings and there partners.

Unfortunately when it was possible for Dad to sign us into the ownership of the shack, in his usual procrastinational ways he let the deadline slip buy, and we have given him grief about it ever since. We are looking forward now to the possibility of being included on the title for the shack so that we can continue the legacy that he started for generations to come.

We are always mindful of taking care of the environment in the area and have always felt blessed that we are able to enjoy the beauty of this area... and wish to do so in the future.

Over the years we have endeavoured to maintain the shack in sound condition and arrange times when work needs to be done. I am sure that if we are able to continue to use the shack in years to come, we would be willing to upgrade it to meet the requirements that are being set out for us... within reason. After all it is a shack and not a permanent place of residence for any of those that use it.
We have already reclad it, added a solar power system and a septic system that is pumped out as needed. Recently a new gas powered refrigerator has been installed.

The legacy of shack 5 to our family over the last 70 years has been immeasurable, as it has been to the other members of the lease's family's. When sharing our stories with others about the experiences we have had in this place, they become very envious and can't believe the value of the traditions that have developed amongst Fathers, Sons and grandsons. We look forward to sharing this with the great grandsons as well... they are nearly 10 as well.

As yet I have not been able to help clean up and assist in maintaining the area as much as I would like, but with retirement looming I intend to help out then.

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Department for Environment and Water > Karen Dutschke

26 Feb 2020

Thanks for your comment Karen. The project team will actively consider your feedback.

Jaden Hedges

20 Feb 2020

I fully support the proposed amendments to the Park Management Plan Section 4.7.4.

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Department for Environment and Water > Jaden Hedges

21 Feb 2020

Thanks for your comment Jaden. The project team will actively consider your feedback.