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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 4 May 1995) . . Page.. 184 ..


SURVEYORS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1995

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (10.45): Mr Speaker, I present the Surveyors (Amendment) Bill 1995.

Title read by Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

The Surveyors Act 1967 provides for the registration of land surveyors, as well as establishing a Surveyors Board to regulate the practice of land survey in the ACT. Concern has been expressed that there is no representation of the broader community on the Surveyors Board. The Act currently requires all members of the board to be registered surveyors. The proposed amendment provides for an extra member to be appointed by the Surveyors Board, increasing the membership of the board from four to five members, with the ACT Chief Surveyor as the chairperson.

The requirement that members of the board be registered surveyors has been removed. The amendment will enhance community involvement in the regulation of survey practice in the ACT. It is the policy of the Government to involve community members - non-professional members - in boards of this kind wherever that is appropriate. The Bill also takes the opportunity to remove gender specific language from the Act. I present the explanatory memorandum for the Bill.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood) adjourned.

LAND (PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1995

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (10.46): Mr Speaker, I present the Land (Planning and Environment) (Amendment) Bill 1995.

Title read by Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

The Land Act - that is, the Land (Planning and Environment) Act - does not presently allow for the subleasing of vacant land unless it is associated with a building, or part of a building, that is already constructed on the land. This prevents owners of mobile home parks from offering longer-term subleases over plots of land for people wishing to erect relocatable homes, otherwise known as mobile homes. It is considered that mobile homes will be more accessible to the public if subleases over parcels of land can be offered to prospective mobile home owners, because financial institutions are more likely to offer


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