PROTECTION LEAGUE RECIPIENT OF NATIONAL TRUST AWARD

At the National Trust Heritage Award ceremony on 15th May 2014, the RNPCC Protection League was the recipient of a Heritage Award in the Category Advocacy Campaigns.

This award recognises the Protection League's long fight since 1945 to save the shack communities at Little Garie, Era and Burning Palms. Firstly the Protection League lobbied save the land from development in 1950, then to save the shacks from demolition in the 1990s and finally to have them listed on the State Heritage Register in 2012.

Founded in the same year as the National Trust, 1945, the Protection League is considered to be one of the oldest organisations campaigning for protection and conservation of the cultural heritage of the remote shack communities.

For more on this story see article below in the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader.

http://www.theleader.com.au/story/2297790/big-win-for-shack-saviours/?cs=1255

TODAYS COMMUNITIES - A LIVING HERITAGE

 The shack communities today number hundreds of families across a wide range of backgrounds with the involvement of some families reaching back over five generations.

The people have a strong attachment to place and to maintaining:

  • Values of self-regulation, self-reliance, low technology/alternative technology living
  • Assistance to the public through the three Surf Life Saving Clubs in the Royal National Park (two of which would not exist without the shack communities)
  • Contributing to the environmental protection of the Royal National Park through Landcare and Fireguard.

THESE ARE CO-EXISTING, YET PART TIME COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK

 

CULTURAL HERITAGE IS PEOPLE AND PLACE

 

It has been a long and hard struggle to maintain the shack communities as they are today. Had it not been for the people organising to save the shacks from demolition, these unique communities would have been destroyed.

The shack people provide a tangible link with the history of these unique places. The value of this heritage to the broader community is not only the shacks themselves, but also the knowledge and responsibility that the people contribute in maintaining the shack areas.

Cultural heritage is the connections between people and place. In our communities this heritage goes back over generations and projects into the future with the passing on of the history, knowledge and practices of shack life.

 

RNP SHACK COMMUNITIES ARE LOCATED SOUTH OF SYDNEY IN THE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK

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