Land Matters January 2017

30th anniversary of the America’s Cup in Fremantle

It’s been 30 years since the America’s Cup challenge took place in Fremantle.

Using Landgate aerial imagery we’ve sailed back to 1987 when the Prime Minister had called bosses ‘bums’ and Fremantle was in cup mode.

It was the first time in the cup’s 132 year history that it had been defended outside of America and although Australia didn’t hold on to it, the event put Fremantle on the world stage. Locally it led to WA ‘Home of the America’s Cup’ vehicle registration plates, changes to liquor laws and a cool theme song that used the words ‘down under’, ‘Vegemite’ and ‘chunder’.

Slide over to now to see how Fremantle has grown over the past 30 years.

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Rural land buyers better informed through Landgate report

Landgate’s Property Interest Report (PIR) now enables land buyers to find out whether properties have requirements relating to soil conservation.

Landgate Chief Executive Jodi Cant said the PIR has important information relating to restrictions and responsibilities which may impact on an owner’s enjoyment of land, and now includes whether a property has a notice under the Soil and Land Conservation Act 1945.

“Landholders affected by these notices can be required to take measures to prevent land degradation such as soil erosion and salinity,” Ms Cant said.

“This may include restrictions on removing vegetation or certain agricultural practices.

“It’s important that land buyers are aware of these restrictions before signing sales contracts as plans for farming or development could be affected.

“Obtaining a Property Interest Report from Landgate is the best way to find out about these restrictions as well as other key information such as whether a property is in a bushfire prone area, is likely to experience aircraft noise or is near power and water infrastructure.”

Learn more about Landgate’s Property Interest Report and the Soil and Land Conservation Act 1945.

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A history of Perth through Landgate

Landgate’s history book, Managing a Million Square Miles – A History of the Department of Lands and Surveys, has been very popular since it went on sale in November 2016.

With a history spanning 187 years, the authority now called Landgate, has seen momentous changes. From the days of survey expeditions in trying conditions, to world-leading innovations in online mapping and the delivery of land information, Ron Hutchinson’s book gives the reader a fascinating and insightful history of Western Australia’s first government department.

Over the coming months we plan to publish historical images on our website from the early days of the department.

Here’s a photo we found recently of a Landgate surveyor overlooking the Perth city skyline in 1975. Notice the absence of the Convention Centre, the BankWest tower and Elizabeth Quay.

Copies of the book can be purchased for $50 (plus postage) from Hesperian Press, visiting the Midland or Perth office or by calling Customer Service on +61 (0)8 9273 7373.

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