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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 2447 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

This bill has been around for a long time and I am keen to see whether, during that time, Mr Osborne has been able to produce any amendments of his own.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Debate adjourned to a later hour.

Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Bill 2000

Debate resumed from 7 September 2000, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mr Osborne ) adjourned to a later hour.

Community Title Bill 2001

Debate resumed from 3 May 2001, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORBELL (11.55): Mr Speaker, this bill moves to establish community title for land in the ACT; it moves to establish a community titles scheme; and it moves to provide for common ownership of parcels of private leases of land, whether they are through body corporates or through individual single dwelling blocks.

Mr Speaker, the Labor Party in principle has no objection to the proposal brought forward by the government today. Indeed, there are some clear examples as to why the development of the community title scheme would be of benefit to the territory. This is particularly the case in relation to common land for multi-unit or townhouse development.

Increasingly we are seeing in new developments the development of common purpose areas shared between different development projects, particularly for parks, BBQ areas, tennis courts, swimming pools and so on. These areas are not within the traditional range of body corporate arrangements, where the land is owned by a single unit title plan. Instead, they are sites which will be used by a variety of unit title plan developments, and therefore by a variety of separate leaseholders. Difficulty has arisen where leaseholders have been unwilling to accept common responsibility for the management and maintenance of these land parcels, and indeed on a number of occasions we have seen the territory have to revert to being the owner of the land and maintain that land.

The passage of the Community Title Bill will provide, for the first time, a clear legal framework for the ownership of common land and common facilities between leaseholders. It will set out the requirements for maintenance and management of those land parcels. It will also set out the mechanisms for dispute resolution and for the winding up of those common titles.

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