Beach heritage shacks of Royal National Park
During the Great Depression, families lived there out of desperation, surviving on wild rabbits, fish and home grown vegetables. At the time, pockets of land were still privately owned in the park. Holidaymakers paid two shillings a week (about $8 today) to erect tents and rough bark huts. Later, they built permanent cabins, usually with a main room and smaller bedroom, hastily constructed with nails and bits of weatherboard and finished off with corrugated iron, planks of driftwood, other jetsam and local stone.
IN A REMOTE corner of NSW's Royal National Park, Adidas Energy Boost Mens Running Shoes Review beach huts lie amid the folds and foothills of lush Black Gin Gully, which rises above Little Garie beach. "Some shacks were built by the ocean so they could get the view. Others, like ours, are close to the creek," says Billy Burn, 73, whose father in law, a miner from nearby Helensburgh, built White Adidas Energy Boost
date back to the 1930s; they represent a moment in time, a long since faded slice of Australian history. In the '30s and '40s, miners from Helensburgh, at the southern edge of the park, came to the coast looking for a weekend escape. Holidaymakers from Sydney trekked south too: surfers, bushwalkers and families looking for a cheap getaway.
There are 143 beach shacks in this section of the park, about 50km south of Sydney: 20 shacks at Little Garie, 95 at South Era and another 28 at Burning Palms. Most Adidas High Tops Mens Black And White
a shack here in 1942. "It was great when the kids were little. We would fill two buckets with water and bring them back to wash the nappies."
Beach shacks: from basic living to holiday paradise
In April 2012 the shacks were finally listed on the NSW State Heritage Register, a move supported by the NPWS and the shackies. They continue to pay rent to the NPWS, but the shacks remain in family ownership. Heritage consultant Geoff Ashley, who assisted with heritage listing, says the protection will ensure their survival. "Shacks are quite a rare type of building," Geoff says. "They're not just small houses. The way people live in them, in a temporary way, and the lifestyle they lead while they're there, sets them apart."
For years, the shacks have been at risk of demolition. Some were abandoned, others were deliberately demolished under a controversial National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) policy, which saw cabins removed if an owner died or rent fell into arrears. A new, five year licensing arrangement put forward in 2005 prompted the three communities of 'shackies' to challenge the NPWS in a court action led by Helen Voysey, president of the White And Silver Adidas High Tops
Inside, the shack is filled with 1940s technology: a bright blue kerosene fridge, a lime and cream enamelled kerosene oven, a blackened metho burner and a row of old kerosene lamps hanging from nails. There's 1950s bric a brac, too a laminex table in sparkling yellow and carpet tiles on the floor but these days there are solar panels on the roof. "The grandkids just come in and flick on the lights," says Billy, smiling. "They don't remember what it used to be like."
Coastal Cabins Protection League. After mediation in 2006, a 20 year licensing agreement was established.
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