Retaining shacks as part of vibrant holiday communities

More activities and attractions for locals and visitors

What we’ll do

A Marshall Liberal Government will create new opportunities for families with shacks on Crown Leases to retain their shacks.

We will put an immediate stop to the practice of automatically terminating departmental leases upon the death of the last person named on the lease, stopping the Weatherill Government’s practice of terminating leases and tearing down homes.

This will provide certainty for families who can maintain their lease in return for upgrading the shack to meet contemporary safety, amenity and environmental standards.

By allowing more shacks to remain in the hands of families who care for them, our policy will also give greater encouragement to shack lessees to contribute to the environmental wellbeing of our beach and river areas.

Why we’re doing it

Shacks have been a South Australian favourite for more than 100 years.

They line our long coastline and our lakes and rivers, providing relaxation for families and friends at holiday time.

However, the government insists that shacks must be entirely removed when the last person named on the lease dies which results in families losing treasured holiday homes where a lifetime of memories have been created.

This approach also means that there is no incentive for shack owners to invest in them, resulting in some falling into wrack and ruin.

We support shacks because the people who own and use them are both good environmental stewards and form groups that provide a healthy lifestyle and greater choice in visitor accommodation, helping our tourism industry to grow and provide more jobs.

That’s why we will protect our shacks and the South Australian families who own them.