Land Matters October 2016
In this issue:
Landgate hosts 43rd International Registrars of Title Conference
Some of the world’s most knowledgeable land titling professionals gathered in Perth for the 43rd International Registrars of Title Conference.
Delegates included Registrars of Title, Valuers-General, as well as members of Public Sector Mapping Agency (PSMA), the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM), and Australia New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC), and were from Canada, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, as well as all Australian jurisdictions.
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Disruption: Evolution or Revolution?’ and kicked off with two very thought-provoking keynote speakers: futurist Shara Evans and social researcher Claire Madden.
Ms Evans gave conference delegates a peek at the advances high-technology is offering a whole range of industries, while Ms Madden explored the way in which the next generations are equipped to handle a vastly different social and economic environment.
Ms Evans’ research delves into the world of machine learning, artificial intelligence and software bots analysing enormous amounts of data to inform human decisions.
Take for example IBM’s Watson project, which has software bots looking at the vast troves of data about cancer research, then correlating that with detailed personal information about specific patients, and offering oncologists insights to guide their decisions on the best course of treatment.
Consider the same approach with a complex legal case on discovery of documents – rather than have one lawyer, assisted by, say, an articled clerk and a legal secretary reading huge files, and compiling a case within a limited timeframe, the bots can greatly increase analytical capacity and free up human time for creative problem-solving.
Ms Madden, founder and director of Hello Clarity, introduced the world according to Gen Z (born 1995 to 2009) and Gen Alpha (born 2010 to 2024).
It’s a world of morphing language (YOLO, FOMO, cray cray), increased life expectancy, artificial intelligence, global connectivity and digital disruption.
Where once people had one or two jobs throughout their adult life, Gen Z and Alpha can expect upwards of 17 jobs in five different careers, with many of those jobs not only not yet existing, but not yet thought of.
With unprecedented levels of upheaval and flexibility, the approaches to life of these generations are quite different from those who’ve come before, and there are lessons, too, for the Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers and Gen Y-ers.
These themes carried over to the panel discussion, which included Chief Executive Mike Bradford, General Manager SPUR Jodi Cant and Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) Chief Executive Officer Marcus Price.
Perth airport 50 years apart
Take a flight down memory lane to Perth Airport in 1965 when there were black swans swimming in the car park pond and planes had propellers.
Slide between 1965 and 2016 aerial images of Perth airport to see how the airport and modern day planes have changed.
Landgate has a selection of historical maps, charts, photographs and Crown plans dating back from 100 years ago to early settlement. Original documents drafted by early explorers and notable pioneers can be reproduced on quality photographic paper at a size to suit you. Read more.
Take the guesswork out of pasture farming
Landgate’s Pastures from Space Plus data has confirmed that for some Western Australian farmers, 2016 has been the best year for pasture growth in more than a decade.
Pastures from Space Plus uses high resolution satellite imagery that is updated in near real-time and provides farmers with historical data about their properties dating back to 2004. The product enables farmers to make management decisions about grazing, feed budgeting and fertiliser application using reliable and quantifiable data.
Landgate Senior Remote Sensing Officer Norm Santich said early and consistent rains have contributed to a great season for some areas of Western Australia.
“Farmers from Morawa and Mullewa, down to Dumbleyung and Lake Grace, all the way to the edge of the Wheatbelt, have had fantastic seasons,” he said.
“However farmers on the coastal fringe of Western Australia around Esperance as well as Albany and areas of the South West missed out on the rains and did not experience high volumes of pasture growth.”
For more information please contact our Pastures from Space Plus team on +61 (0)8 9273 7683.
WA’s sense of place explored in new history book
A new book provides an insight into the vital role early land surveyors played in making Western Australia the prosperous state it is today.
‘Managing a Million Square Miles, A History of Western Australia’s Department of Lands and Surveys’, by Ron Hutchinson takes readers on a journey from Western Australia’s colonial days to the early 21st century.
The department, which is now known as Landgate, is WA’s oldest government agency. Until 1993, the agency was mostly housed in one of Perth’s oldest buildings on Cathedral Avenue which is now COMO The Treasury, Perth.
Landgate Chief Executive Mike Bradford said by providing a secure land titles registry, his agency protects the property wealth of WA and supports the state’s property market and economy.
“The foundations of our registry were laid by WA’s first Surveyor General John Septimus Roe who was responsible for managing the allocation of land to early settlers,” Mr Bradford said.
“Mr Hutchinson’s book gives a captivating insight into how land management in WA grew and evolved to meet the changing needs of the state in modern times.
“As well as land management, the book details the department’s commitment to innovation and technology, something Landgate is a national leader in today.”
Author Ron Hutchinson said his passion for the subject matter and interest in history inspired him to write the book.
“Originally I intended to briefly document the history of cartography and surveying in Western Australia but after 12 years of work the project expanded to cover all aspects of the department and evolved into a book,” Mr Hutchinson said.
“There is now a written record of the history of the Department of Lands and Surveys and the role played by some of the legendary figures in its employ.”
Copies of the book can be purchased from Hesperian Press.