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Retaining Shacks as part of vibrant holiday communities

The South Australian Government is committed to creating new opportunities for families to retain shacks on Crown land and in national parks by expanding the eligibility to maintain a lease in return for upgrading the shack to meet contemporary safety, amenity and environmental standards.

Applying for longer tenure

Lessees of shacks in national parks in South Australia are eligible to apply for longer tenure on shack sites.

For further details about how to apply, including access to the application form, visit: Applying for longer tenure for shacks in national parks.

Applications for longer tenure for shacks on Crown land have now closed. 


DEW Shacks Team

For all enquiries on the Retaining Shacks Commitment:

Post:    Retaining Shacks Project
            GPO Box 1047   
            ADELAIDE 5001
Phone:  (08) 8204 1218

The DEW Shacks Team can support you in preparing your application, as well as answer questions about the content of your application and the application process itself.

The DEW Shacks Team aims to respond to emailed questions within five working days.

General lease transactions

For all enquiries on general lease transactions:

Email: or contact your local Crown lands office.  

Shack owner associations

DEW works closely with the shack owners associations to achieve whole-of-settlement goals and provide regular updates about current processes. In some instances the shack owner association contacts may be able to assist lessees with specific questions relating to the settlement area and their application.

Lessees who would like to join or get in touch with their local shack owners association can reach out to these contacts:

Shack owner association

Key contact



Shack Owner Association of SA

Geoff Gallasch

0400 597 065


Keith Turner

0404 893 001 (website:

Glenelg River

Brett Orr - President

0407 369 151

Fishermans Bay

Greg Traeger

0429 838 716

Kellidie Bay

Rod Beames

0428 356 828

Hanson Bay

Cate Telfer

0427 800 872

Smoky Bay

Yvonne Kelsh

Pondalowie (Innes NP)

Brenton Chivell

0418 844 789

Coorong NP

Geoff Gallasch

0400 597 065

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