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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1394..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

The bill will also provide for changes in technology used in the surveying profession, provide for structuring and regulating the allocation and management of street addresses, and will make administrative changes relating to the position of Commissioner for Surveys of the ACT.

Key issues to emerge from the review of the old act are:

The need to simplify the process of altering district boundaries. District boundaries are currently defined by written description as a schedule to the act. This bill will enable the written description for each district to be replaced by a deposited plan. This will enable adjustments to district boundaries to be made without the need to amend an act.

Holding lease deposited plans should be prepared from information held in the digital cadastral database with little or no surveying field measurement. The bill provides for this to occur.

The integrity of the digital cadastral database should be the responsibility of the Commissioner for Surveys so that confidence in the database is maintained among users. The bill also makes provision for this.

Mr Speaker, issues in addition to those raised in the review and which are responded to in this piece of legislation, were:

That the bill removes a restriction imposed by the current legislation by allowing the Registrar-General to accept deposited plans for registration in the electronic as well as hard copy format. This is consistent with initiatives in other jurisdictions.

The bill introduces control over the allocation and management of street addresses and the display of address identifiers. This will ensure that the correct address is displayed at the block frontage and that addresses are allocated in accordance with standards in place at the time.

The bill also introduces minor administrative changes to clarify the role of the Commissioner for Surveys.

Mr Speaker, the government views the introduction of this legislation as an opportunity to modernise and simplify an ageing act by embracing the technological changes that have occurred in the surveying field. It is also an opportunity to introduce nationally accepted best practice in the regulation of street addressing, a move welcomed by emergency service providers as a step in removing confusion and reducing safety concerns. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne ) adjourned to the next sitting.


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