New life for bits of bach

02:39, Apr 05 2014
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UNRESERVED: Ligar Bay view, showing the council road reserve on the left sided. John Massey’s bach can be seen in the foreground, marked by X. INSET: Massey has just finished tearing down his bach.

A Golden Bay couple are preparing for the demolition of their beloved beachfront home, but parts of it will remain in the Ligar Bay community.

Garth Bray said today he and his wife Leslie were not planning to stay in their home of 24 years, as this story earlier reported.

The Brays' home is one of eight baches built on road reserve in the 1940s and 50s.

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MAKING A STAND: Leslie and Garth Bray outside the Ligar Bay bach, which has been their home for 24 years.

A 1989 lease agreement required the beachfront baches, then mostly occupied by long-term residents, to be demolished after 25 years. That deadline expired on Monday.

Three years ago the family and other bach owners requested an extension of the lease agreement, but the Tasman District Council upheld the original timeline.

Bray said the couple had accepted that decision, particularly based on the argument that it was public land that should revert to the public.


He said the March 31 demolition deadline had recently been extended by the council to allow a Historic Places Trust archaeological certificate to be obtained.

Family and friends in the community would then help demolish the house.

It would be hard to see their Ligar Bay home go, but he and his wife were focusing on renovating their new home in Golden Bay .

Windows and doors from the Ligar Bay house would be installed at their new property, and others in the community would recycle items from the bach.

"Parts of it will be in reincarnations around the bay," Bray said.

Fairfax Media apologises to the Brays for saying they were battling to stay in their home.

This story was corrected Saturday, April 5, 2014.