Land Matters April 2016
SPUR open for business!
Landgate’s new location data hub, SPUR, is open for business after an official launch by Lands Minister Terry Redman.
The launch at Landgate’s Midland building on 5 April was attended by VIPs from technology based businesses, start-up companies, the location industry, the education sector and government.
SPUR brings together a selection of Landgate services to support these groups by giving them access to a range of resources and networking opportunities to foster the innovation of new location-based technologies and industries.
General Manager SPUR Jodi Cant said eligible people and organisations could apply for developer licences which will enable them to explore government location data including information relating to property, roads, imagery and geography at an introductory rate.
“Our message is - if you have an idea to develop a new product or service involving location data - come and talk to us,” Ms Cant said.
“We can help by pointing you in the right direction to access the data you need, share information about the emerging needs of government, and in some cases provide innovation support grants and seed funding to help with the development of new ideas.
“Landgate has already helped a number of local start-ups prototype new public safety, mining and other applications, and through SPUR, aims to help entrepreneurs to take the next steps in progressing these ideas to new businesses in WA.”
Ms Cant said there would also be opportunities to network at SPUR ‘hack-style’ events where people will be encouraged to collaborate to solve industry and government challenges using location data.
Landgate is already a leader in the innovation of location information within the public sector.
Landgate implemented WA’s Open Data Policy, making government information more easily available to industry business and the public.
Landgate also powers the state’s Shared Location Information Platform (SLIP) which provides a single, online point-of-entry to location and property information held by various government departments.
Learn more about SPUR.
Better management standards and simplified dispute resolution will improve strata living
Did you know that currently the Strata Titles Act 1985 does not refer to strata managers or set out standards of behaviour for servicing and managing a scheme?
Landgate is addressing this by proposing reforms to the Act that will better define the roles and responsibilities of managers, impose key statutory duties, promote greater transparency and simplify processes.
The reforms will also bring strata living into the 21st century by allowing for the use of electronic solutions to keep strata records, serve notices, hold meetings and conduct votes.
In conjunction with these reforms, Landgate has recommended streamlining the way strata disputes are resolved.
Currently strata disputes can be heard in four different forums. Under these reforms, the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) will become the one-stop-shop for strata disputes. SAT will have increased powers to resolve strata disputes, including higher monetary orders and the ability to resolve disputes between strata managers and strata companies. These measures will simplify the process and make resolution of strata disputes more efficient and more effective.
Find out more about strata reforms.
Landgate's annual report wins a silver Lonnie
Landgate has been recognised for its outstanding annual report at the prestigious Institute of Public Administration Australia 31st Lonnie awards ceremony.
Landgate received a silver Lonnie award for exceeding the judging criteria and demonstrating particularly good reporting and accountability.
The Awards recognise the importance of being accountable and transparent in a succinct and independent way. They encourage and celebrate excellence in annual reporting, which is central to good corporate governance.
Landgate Strategic Planning Director Trish Scully said it was a great surprise to receive the award.
"It is an honour to be recognised in a large field of high quality reports. I believe the quality of our annual report reflects the outcome of a collaborative effort across the business and demonstrates Landgate's commitment to accountability and transparency," Trish said.
Director Communications and Marketing Annabel Mazzella said she was pleased with the outcome.
"We focussed on providing insightful infographics, and making sure that our annual report was easy to find, and read, online."
It was also the first time Landgate's annual report had been produced in html and 100 per cent accessible for all users and devices.
See Landgate's annual report.
Are there sprinkler bans on your land?
‘Sprinkler Restrictions and Bans’ has just been added to the list of information Landgate’s Property Interest Report covers, citing interests that may affect your enjoyment of land.
Sprinkler restrictions and/or bans apply throughout Western Australia for scheme water users and domestic garden bores. The restrictions differ according to the part of the state you are in (Perth - Mandurah area, North area, South area, South-west area) and the time of the year (winter months of June - August, or other months).
A Property Interest Report will give you essential information on how more than 70 interests not listed on a Certificate of Title may impact your use of a property, allowing you to make a better informed decision and avoid unwanted surprises when buying or renting.
Find out if a property is:
- heritage listed
- on a contaminated site
- part of a bush forever area
- and much more.
Order a Property Interest Report today.