On March 11, vote to preserve Wedge and Grey for WA!

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The State Election is on Saturday, 11 March.

The Legislative Council is a ‘House of Review’ for decisions made in the Legislative Assembly.

In the Legislative Council (upper house), only, Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party WA, Julie Matheson for Western Australia Party, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and the Daylight Savings Party WA support all of our 5 common sense commitments for Preserving Wedge and Grey for WA.

To have the most chance of electing supporters of our communities to the upper house of state parliament and enabling more scrutiny, we recommend that you vote below the line for these groups and other individual supporters.

How to vote cards have been produced for each of the six Legislative Council Regions. Download them here, and take them with you when you go to vote on Saturday.

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Photo of second bay at GreyPhoto by Zac Lindley

MEDIA RELEASE: Wedge and Grey supporters seek commitment from political parties to inform voting in key electorates

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Thousands of voters interested in where all political parties stand on long-running WA issue.

Representatives of the shack communities at Wedge and Grey have asked political parties and candidates in the WA election to sign up to 5 commitments for ‘Preserving Wedge and Grey for WA.’

The responses will be used to inform voters across Perth northern suburbs electorates as to what their vote will mean for the future of two communities that have the potential to be unique heritage destinations and make a real economic contribution to the region and WA via the tourism industry.

The commitments being sought by the Wedge Island Protection Association and the Grey Conservation and Community Association are:

Commitment 1 – Support the long-term evolution of Wedge and Grey settlements as unique tourist and recreation destinations that maintain and utilise the heritage character of existing shacks and cultural lifestyle.
Commitment 2 – Appoint an independent Planning Project Manager to deliver a collaborative process to finalise master plans for implementation by 2020.
Commitment 3 – Support formal listing of Wedge and Grey settlements on the State Register of heritage places.
Commitment 4 – Retain the majority of the existing shack dwellings.
Commitment 5 – Deliver existing shack owners universal lease tenure of 21 years with a 21 year renewal option.

Wedge and Grey representative Murray Knowles said that the Associations were deeply unhappy with the processes allowed by the Barnett Government and believed the commitments would deliver a better, more sustainable outcome for this long-running issue.

Mr Knowles said that the two Associations were keeping their supporters actively informed via facebook.com/preserving wedge and grey for wa about the views of each political party and their candidates, particularly in key electorates like Moore, Burns Beach, Joondalup, Wanneroo and North Metropolitan Region.

“We have a supporter base of at least 15,000 people, mostly in the northern suburbs, and they want to know which politicians can see a sustainable future for Wedge and Grey, and which ones are stuck in bureaucratic processes that have taken us nowhere”, said Mr Knowles.

For more information contact :

Anthony Hasluck
Tel: 9380 0700
Mob: 0438 522 194
Email: anthony.hasluck@claritycommunications.com.au

Boat Raffle Winner – Scott Cox

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The GCCA and WIPA held a joint boat raffle over the Christmas period as a fundraiser to help cover campaign costs. The raffle was drawn at Wedge on 28 January 2017 and the lucky winner was ticket no. 266 – Scott Cox from Grey. Congratulation Scott – enjoy your new boat, and a big thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and helped to make this a successful endeavour for the committees.

Boat raffle winner Scott Cox picking up his prize boat from Boat City
Boat raffle winner Scott Cox picking up his prize boat from Boat City

MEDIA RELEASE: Communities at Wedge Island and Grey seek future commitment from political parties

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Untapped tourism potential represents strong future for Wedge and Grey

Representatives of the ‘ Wedge Island and Grey shack communities are seeking certainty over their future by calling for politicians to make a commitment to preserving these heritage communities in order to enable their unique tourism potential.

After 8 years in Government the Liberal Party has failed to resolve the future of the communities despite committing to do so when first elected in 2008. A recent meeting with Environment Minister Albert Jacob has again confirmed that after 8 years there is no resolution of the future of the communities likely in the near term, and that Government agencies are taking a restricted and outdated view of the potential future of Wedge and Grey.

Wedge and Grey are the last shack communities left on the Turquoise coast, north of Perth, in fact in Australia and represent a unique and iconic period in Western Australian history; as a time when our state was more isolated and less developed, meaning families and individuals lived a coastal lifestyle that was more laid back and much closer to nature.

Wedge and Grey representative Murray Knowles said the Barnett Government had made it very clear that WA needed to focus on developing unique tourism products and the shack communities had a significant role to play.

“We can be a unique Western Australian destination on the Turquoise Coast, within easy reach of Perth and other well-known destinations such as the Pinnacles. We already welcome increasing numbers of visitors who are travelling the Indian Ocean Road and they are entranced by the lifestyle here, so there is no doubt that Wedge and Grey could offer a unique cultural and lifestyle experience to interstate and international visitors”, said Mr Knowles.

The Wedge Island Protection Association and Grey Conservation and Community Association are speaking to politicians and candidates across the Perth and outlying areas about their views on the future of the communities as many of their local residents have a close connection with the Turquoise Coast.

Mr Knowles said that the two Associations would be keeping their members and supporters informed direct and via facebook.com/preserving wedge and grey for wa about all political party and candidate views.

“We have a supporter base of at least 15,000 people, mostly in the northern suburbs, and they are very interested in which parties and politicians see a sustainable future for Wedge and Grey”, said Mr Knowles.

For more information contact :

Anthony Hasluck
Tel: 9380 0700
Mob: 0438 522 194
Email: anthony.hasluck@claritycommunications.com.au

Message from DPaW re. Grey rubbish tip

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At both Grey and Wedge so far these holidays, rubbish has exceeded the capacity of skip bins provided.

Shackies are asked to please place rubbish that will not fit in the skips to the SIDE of the bins, not in front of them, to allow the front-lift truck to access them for emptying. Please also do not add waste to the bins above the top, as it makes emptying them difficult.

Finally, if you are forced to leave rubbish to the sides of the bin, please endeavour to place it in a secured and contained fashion, preferably in sealed bags or boxes, so as to avoid rubbish blowing away into the bushland.