On Monday I visited Wedge Island with a few friends. We had a great time. A beautiful beach you can drive onto, wonderful surf for kids, hot day, blue sky….paradise really.
A cold beer sitting on the beach with friends after swimming. Thats living.
As we drove up the new road the government has built I remembered the first time I visited Wedge. I was with my mate who had a shack in Lancelin and we made the drive up there in his dad’s Jackeroo. A pretty hairy trip if I remember, but at the age of 17…we were bulletproof.
Now with the new road, I think Wedge Islands status as untouched wilderness days are limited. Except it is not untouched. There are a stack of sheds up there in the bush. The people up there have many stickers proclaiming, ‘Save Wedge’. To be frank, it seems to be a rather self serving argument. A few decades ago these people set up their sheds, with no cost, apart from the material. Now they will argue that they take their rubbish out, and don’t wreck the environment. Perhaps. But there is a definite sense of entitlement that pervades their mentality, particularly it seems as now Wedge is in reach of most people, particularly those with a 4wd.
All I can say is, I wish I had a shack on free land in paradise. Sounds like something you would want to save. But hardly a fair argument when they never purchased the land like the rest of us have to.