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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 July 2019) . . Page.. 2425 ..


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

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (3.22): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 6—Inquiry into Commercial Rates—Government response.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (3.23): I want to make some brief comments about a number of the recommendations. Recommendation 4 is:

The Committee recommends that the ACT government establish a more predictable and transparent means to calculate the value of properties following changes to use clauses in Crown leases, so that owners are able to anticipate the financial consequences of changes of use.

Recommendation 5 is:

The Committee recommends that the ACT government considers relief to commercial lessees who experience extended vacancies in their properties.

Recommendation 8 is:

The Committee recommends that the ACT government introduce a legislative mechanism to allow for apportionment between categories of use.

Recommendation 9 is:

The committee recommends that the ACT government considers amending the Rates Act 2004 to provide for commercial rates to be levied on the basis of actual, activated uses rather than all the possible uses.

Recommendation 11 talks about the timing of mass revaluing of properties. Recommendation 22 is:

The Committee recommends that the ACT government provides commercial rates concessions on heritage-listed properties, to take account of the distinct set of planning rules …

Recommendation 24 is:

The Committee recommends that the ACT government:

establishes a taskforce to review commercial rates in the ACT with regard to improving transparency, certainty for property owners …


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