Wedge and Grey reserves contain recreational shack settlements located on the coast approximately 150 km and 170 km respectively, north of Perth. There are 119 licensed shacks at Grey and 290 at Wedge.
Wedge and Grey are unvested reserves, placed under the management of Department of Parks and Wildlife by an order of the Governor with the approval of the Minister for Lands and the Minister for Environment.
The department has established the Wedge and Grey Working Group as a forum to consult with key stakeholders over proposed changes to the management of Wedge and Grey. Membership includes representatives of the Wedge Island Protection Association (WIPA) and the Grey Conservation and Community Association (GCCA), the State Heritage Office and the Yued people.
In 2010 the Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs commenced an inquiry into shack sites in Western Australia. The Standing Committee tabled Report 21, Shack Sites in Western Australia in April 2011.
The State Government’s response to the Standing Committee’s report indicated that:
The State Government response also noted that any future development of the sites would be subject to:
“State planning requirements and will address equity of access and use, building safety, health and amenity, coastal processes and provide for environmentally sustainable public outcomes”.
In early 2012 the department commenced an assessment and planning exercise to determine an appropriate level of shack retention and the location and form of public recreation and tourism infrastructure. This included consultation with the WIPA and GCCA representing the two shack communities, and other stakeholders.
The department subsequently prepared the Wedge and Grey Preliminary Planning Report5.76 MB which was considered by Government in January 2015.
An indicative outline of tasks necessary to progress the preliminary plan is available here20.89 KB.
During 2015 a number of essential planning and administrative activities were completed to provide further information, data and guidance to assist in the planning process. These included:
Parks and Wildlife commissioned a coastal engineer to assess the vulnerability of the Wedge and Grey coastlines in accordance with Schedule 1 of the State Planning Policy 2.6. to gain an understanding of future coastal processes required to aid planning at Wedge and Grey.
The Asbestos Assessment and Preliminary Management Plan was undertaken to gain a clear picture of the nature and extent of asbestos containing material (ACM) in and around buildings at Wedge and Grey as a first step to understand the risks and requirements for the safe management or removal of ACM.
A Question and Answer sheet (updated 01/11/2016) that provides information from the report and suggests actions shack owners and visitors can take to minimise potential exposure to asbestos or manage asbestos risks can be downloaded here209.26 KB.
An asbestos register (updated 01/11/2016) that details the location, type and condition of all known (external only) asbestos materials or materials suspected of containing asbestos identified at Wedge and Grey can be downloaded here1.75 MB.
An environmental contractor completed a Detailed Site Investigation (DSI) in August/September 2016, which included soil sampling and partial remediation of asbestos fragments in soil (raking, hand picking and removal). A copy of the DSI will be available on this page in due course.
Part of the planning process involves the development of concepts for the public recreation facilities. the department has released Preliminary Recreation Development Concepts for the sites. A copy can be downloaded here1.81 MB.
Parks and Wildlife has completed a range of high detail aerial photography to assist government agencies in the site planning process.