Chief Minister Gallagher has announced changes to the use of public land, particularly letting cafe owners sell the permits to put tables on the footpath.
“The new Bill proposes a range of reforms and will simplify the current permit system, reduce red tape for business and facilitate use of public spaces,” the Chief Minister said.
“Businesses have been asking for changes to legislation which governs the use of public places in Canberra. In particular, the business community has been seeking the ability to transfer existing permits with the sale of their business, for example, the sale of a cafe with an outdoor eating space.
“It also provides greater certainty for businesses who can now apply to have their permit for use of public unleased land extended to two years from the 12 month term which also reduces the paper work around having to renew their permits annually,” the Chief Minister said.
The reforms also authorise the use of public unleased land for activities or events, such as charity bins, construction skips, and will also provide for the holding of markets and for exclusive use of some areas of open space for a concert or the holding of a function such as a wedding.
While the bill will revamp the current permit and approval system facilitating the use of public unleased land it will ensure the amenity and natural value of public spaces is not diminished.