Land Matters February 2016
Community titles to be introduced through strata reform
Amendments proposed for Western Australia by Landgate’s Strata Titles Act reform project will introduce a new form of strata known as Community Title Schemes.
The introduction of Community Titles will allow for multiple strata schemes on one land parcel or in one building, under an overarching (or umbrella) body corporate – and enable multiple schemes to be managed separately and exist under one management structure, known as the community corporation.
This will be beneficial where there are different uses in a single building (such as a mix of retail areas, office spaces and residential apartments), or where common property needs to be accessed by one group only or within one building.
Community titles will clearly allocate the management responsibilities and costs for each group within a strata community.
For example, if there are multiple apartment buildings in one complex, and just one of those has a pool, it will be possible to have a community corporation to manage the areas used by everyone, such as driveways, and for the owners in the building with the pool, to separately manage and pay for it.
Find out more about strata reforms.
Federal adviser visits Landgate's open data team
Adviser to the public data branch at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Allan Barger travelled from Canberra to join the Western Australian Open Data team at Landgate for a week on Monday 1 February.
In 2015 Landgate was given responsibility for coordinating the implementation of a new whole of government open data policy for Western Australia. The policy aims to improve community access to data generated by the public sector, which will provide new opportunities for local entrepreneurs to create innovative business ideas.
In the delivery of this initiative, Landgate and its partners across government have leveraged the experience of delivering SLIP and the WA Land Information System (WALIS), as well as opening up access to data in other jurisdictions, including the Australian Government.
Mr Barger helped the team finalise plans for the ongoing implementation of the State's open data policy and its website, data.wa.gov.au. He also made recommendations for engagement with the public and private sectors.
Mr Barger has a wealth of experience in the day-to-day implementing and running of an open data program, having been at the forefront of the Australian Government open data initiative and data.gov.au since its inception. His experience extends into the technical realm of best practice for data publishing, experience in administering the software that runs data.wa.gov.au and data.gov.au, and a range of other open data initiatives.
During his visit, Mr Barger shared his insights with other Landgate teams in an internal seminar.
Satellite captures Stan’s fury over WA Pilbara
This image was captured by the Japanese Meteorological Agency’s Himawari satellite at 13:20 WST on Friday 29 January 2016. It shows the vast cloud cover of Cyclone Stan over Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
Satellite data and imagery can be used for a variety of innovative solutions for business, public sector and the community.
Read more on Landgate’s Satellite Remote Sensing Services webpage.
Heritage interests empowering homebuyers
New information on Landgate’s Property Interest Report can tell homebuyers whether a building is on a local government municipal inventory.
Local governments use municipal inventories to record places which are of heritage interest in the local area.
Landgate Chief Executive Mike Bradford said this is one of more than 70 interests homebuyers can learn about when they order a Property Interest Report.
“Property Interest Reports have important information about restrictions and responsibilities which may impact on an owner’s use or enjoyment of land,” Mr Bradford said.
“Listed interests include whether a property is located in a bushfire prone area, is likely to experience aircraft noise or is near power and water infrastructure.
The State Heritage Office has been working in close partnership with Landgate for more than a year to map places on local government municipal inventories.
State Heritage Office Executive Director Graeme Gammie said this mapping offers invaluable information that home buyers can take into consideration when deciding whether to purchase a property.
“To date, more than 12,500 places across nearly 40 local government municipal inventories have been mapped,” Mr Gammie said.
“Finding out a property is on a municipal inventory signals that there is something special about it and homebuyers can contact the local government or the State Heritage Office to learn more.”